Over the last decade, distributed control in multi-agent systems has fostered immense interest due to its wide scope of applications in the areas of power distribution systems, cooperative robotics, micro-grids, etc.
Especially since it provides improved scalability, robustness and parallelism in such systems. Our lab was founded with the objective to study different aspects of distributed systems in two key areas of multi-vehicle coordination and micro-grids.
Since its inception, our team members have focused on solving challenging problems in unmanned aerial vehicles and multi-agent systems such as state coordination, the effects of delays,formation contro, cooperative localization and consensus.
In terms of hardware, the focus has also been on developing novel low- cost UAVs which can not only be used as research platforms in multi-agent systems but can also be used for real-world applications. Examples include variable pitch propeller quadrotor and tilt augmented quadrotor.
In the other key area of micro- grids, some of our past and current team-members have designed a prototype for DC-Micro-grid and have conducted different real-world experiments on it. Other than DC micro grids the members also carry out research in AC micro grids and their control.
Further details can be found on the publications page of the website.
The current thrust areas of team members include but not limited to, delay systems, optimization of power-sharing in the power distribution system, control of DC/AC microgrids, design and control of different autonomous vehicles, cooperative localization and fault detection in aerial unmanned vehicles.