Interpretable Fuzzy Logic Control for Multirobot Coordination in a Cluttered Environment

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 2021, 29, (12), pp. 3676-3685
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Mobile robot navigation is an essential problem in robotics. We propose a method for constructing and training fuzzy logic controllers (FLCs) to coordinate a robotic team performing collision-free navigation and arriving simultaneously at a target location in an unknown environment. Our FLCs are organized in a multilayered architecture to reduce the number of tunable parameters and improve the scalability of the solution. In addition, in contrast to simple traditional switching mechanisms between target seeking and obstacle avoidance, we develop a novel rule-embedded FLC to improve the navigation performance. Moreover, we design a grouping and merging mechanism to obtain transparent fuzzy sets and integrate this mechanism into the training process for all FLCs, thus increasing the interpretability of the fuzzy models. We train the proposed FLCs using a novel multiobjective hybrid approach combining a genetic algorithm and particle swarm optimization. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithms in reliably solving the proposed navigation problem.
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