"Hybrid Multi-Agent Control–-Applications, Lessons and Implications"

Kingsley Fregene, Ph.D., Lead Research Scientist, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs, Cherry Hill, NJ

February 7th (Monday), 2:00pm
ESB 2001

This talk will describe the dynamics and control of autonomous multi-vehicle systems that are developed using the hybrid intelligent control agent (HICA) paradigm. HICA is a systems- and control-oriented approach for the modeling, control and coordination of multi-agent systems in which each agent exhibits both continuous-valued and discrete-event dynamic characteristics (i.e. is a hybrid system). We will discuss its application to multi UxV systems across many domains on DOD R&D projects as well as in academia. The ability of this class of multi-agent systems to attain its goal will then be formulated as a Lyapunov stability problem followed by a discussion of sufficient mathematical criteria for this property to hold. This talk will conclude with a discussion of some lessons learned from the presenter’s experience leading applied research projects in the autonomous vehicles area as well as their implications for basic research in coordinated multi-vehicle control.

About Kingsley Fregene, Ph.D., Lead Research Scientist:

Kingsley Fregene is a Lead Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories. His industrial R&D activities are at the intersection of control and intelligent systems applied to autonomous vehicles and micro-scale devices. He was a Senior R&D Scientist in the Guidance, Navigation & Control group at Honeywell Labs, Minneapolis, where he also led projects in unmanned systems and industry-university research collaborations. He has held visiting research positions at the Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He is a senior member of the IEEE and AIAA. His services to the technical community include: reviewer for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers Program; program committee for IEEE Conference on Decision and Control; IEEE Technical Committee on Aerospace Controls; and guest editor for an upcoming special issue on UAVs and Control of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. He received his doctoral degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2002. He holds 2 patents, with several more pending.

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