A multi-agent architecture to increase coordination efficiency in multi-AUV operations

Chris C. Sotzing, Jonathan Evans, David M. Lane

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This research addresses the problem of coordinating multiple autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) operations. An architecture has been created that uses multi-agent technology to control and coordinate multiple AUVs in communication deficient environments. By incorporating a simple broadcast communication system in conjunction with real time vehicle prediction this architecture can handle the limitations inherent in underwater operations and intelligently control multiple vehicles. In this research efficiency in terms of mission speed, battery life, communication robustness and goal redundancy is evaluated and then compared to the current state of the art in multiple AUV control. © 2007 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2007 - Europe
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventOCEANS 2007 - Europe - Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 200721 Jun 2007


ConferenceOCEANS 2007 - Europe
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen, Scotland


  • Autonomous underwater vehicles
  • Distributed control
  • Multi-robot systems
  • Robot coordination


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