Safety-Critical Containment Maneuvering of Underactuated Autonomous Surface Vehicles Based on Neurodynamic Optimization With Control Barrier Functions

Nan Gu, Dan Wang, Zhouhua Peng, Jun Wang

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Abstract

This article addresses the safety-critical containment maneuvering of multiple underactuated autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) in the presence of multiple stationary/moving obstacles. In a complex marine environment, every ASV suffers from model uncertainties, external disturbances, and input constraints. A safety-critical control method is proposed for achieving a collision-free containment formation. Specifically, a fixed-time extended state observer is employed for estimating the model uncertainties and external disturbances. By estimating lumped disturbances in fixed time, nominal containment maneuvering control laws are designed in an Earth-fixed reference frame. Input-to-state safe control barrier functions (ISSf-CBFs) are constructed for mapping safety constraints on states to constraints on control inputs. A distributed quadratic optimization problem with the norm of control inputs as the objective function and ISSf-CBFs as constraints is formulated. A recurrent neural network-based neurodynamic optimization approach is adopted to solve the quadratic optimization problem for computing the forces and moments within the safety and input constraints in real time. It is proven that the error signals in the closed-loop control system are uniformly ultimately bounded and the multi-ASVs system is guaranteed for input-to-state safety. Simulation results are elaborated to substantiate the effectiveness of the proposed safety-critical control method for ASVs based on neurodynamic optimization with control barrier functions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs)
  • Decentralized control
  • Marine vehicles
  • Neurodynamics
  • Optimization
  • Safety
  • Symmetric matrices
  • Uncertainty
  • control barrier functions (CBFs)
  • input-to-state safety
  • neurodynamic optimization
  • safety-critical containment maneuvering

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