Multilevel coalition formation strategy for suppression of enemy air defenses missions

M. Haque, M. Egerstedt, A. Rahmani

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This paper investigates the problem of how to form coalitions in teams of heterogeneous vehicles. In particular, a coordination strategy is designed for unmanned vehicles to autonomously carry out the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission, which would benefit from a heterogeneous network of unmanned vehicles to search and destroy threats in an unexplored area. Inspiration for this work is drawn from natural systems, and we consider the alliance-forming behavior of bottlenose dolphins as a guiding example.Atwo-phased approach is taken to develop the bioinspired strategy. First, in the context of multi-agent systems, a mathematical model is produced that expressively captures the alliance-forming behavior. Next, this model is tailored to the suppression of enemy air defenses mission: the target application. Advantages of using this bioinspired approach are discussed and simulations are provided to demonstrate its operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aerospace Information Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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