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International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems 2024; 22(4): 1400-1408

https://doi.org/10.1007/s12555-022-1071-y

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Group-aggregation of Hierarchical Containment Control for Homogeneous Multi-agent Systems in Precision Agriculture

Jingshu Sang, Dazhong Ma*, Xiangpeng Xie, and Xuguang Hu

Northeastern University University

Abstract

The mixed planting, as one of the diversification strategies, provides the substitute for many costly inputs, such as fertilizers, pesticides, imported pollinators and irrigation. However, the lack of the farming technology and the expansion of the farming scale have resulted in extremely mismatch between desired yield and manpower. This paper considers groups of agents orderly moving into precise regions, which is suitable for simultaneously planting of different crops. The hierarchical containment control strategy with group-aggregation behavior is proposed under the transformed three-layer topology. Particularly, the dynamic hierarchical containment control protocol is designed such that a novel group-aggregation cooperation in the convex hull can be achieved. A new coupling strength coefficient based on the transformed three-layer topology is defined in the proposed control protocol. Finally, two examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed dynamic hierarchical containment control protocol for agricultural settings.

Keywords Cooperative control, group-aggregation, hierarchical containment control, multi-agent systems, threelayer topology.

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Regular Papers

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems 2024; 22(4): 1400-1408

Published online April 1, 2024 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12555-022-1071-y

Copyright © The International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems.

Group-aggregation of Hierarchical Containment Control for Homogeneous Multi-agent Systems in Precision Agriculture

Jingshu Sang, Dazhong Ma*, Xiangpeng Xie, and Xuguang Hu

Northeastern University University

Abstract

The mixed planting, as one of the diversification strategies, provides the substitute for many costly inputs, such as fertilizers, pesticides, imported pollinators and irrigation. However, the lack of the farming technology and the expansion of the farming scale have resulted in extremely mismatch between desired yield and manpower. This paper considers groups of agents orderly moving into precise regions, which is suitable for simultaneously planting of different crops. The hierarchical containment control strategy with group-aggregation behavior is proposed under the transformed three-layer topology. Particularly, the dynamic hierarchical containment control protocol is designed such that a novel group-aggregation cooperation in the convex hull can be achieved. A new coupling strength coefficient based on the transformed three-layer topology is defined in the proposed control protocol. Finally, two examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed dynamic hierarchical containment control protocol for agricultural settings.

Keywords: Cooperative control, group-aggregation, hierarchical containment control, multi-agent systems, threelayer topology.

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April 2024

Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 1105~1460

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