Communication-Aware Control and Robotics

Full day workshop at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

Date and Time: December 11, 2016, 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Las Vegas
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There is a longstanding vision in academia: a team of unmanned vehicles cooperatively learning and adapting in harsh unknown environments to achieve a common goal. Since the task has to be done in a networked manner, one fundamental problem that arises in such networks is how to maintain proper connectivity and ensure a robust flow of information. Understanding this is crucial to realizing the multi-agent cooperative vision.

This necessitates a proper merger of communication and control issues. How much connectivity, for instance, is needed to achieve a given collaborative goal and how can the robots enable it through the control of motion? Wireless links can be sporadic in nature, i.e. a robot can slightly move and lose connectivity. Thus, path planning of the robots directly affect their connectivity, necessitating a joint optimization of motion control and communication issues. Properly incorporating realistic communication models into the control theoretic framework can thus bring us a step closer to realizing the vision of a team of unmanned vehicles carrying out a task in a collaborative manner, as does tackling issues lying at this intersection of control and communication.

Communication and robotics have traditionally enjoyed parallel and non-intersecting research. While this intersection has seen some activity and progress in recent years, it is still relatively unexplored and there are several interesting questions and challenges left unanswered, and more to be discovered. The goal of this workshop is to provide a holistic view of the progress made so far at this intersection of communication and robotics, highlighting recent results, while also placing the spotlight on fundamental issues and challenges that arise.

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