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Trust-based learning and behaviors for convoy obstacle avoidance
Author(s): Dariusz G. Mikulski; Robert E. Karlsen
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Paper Abstract

In many multi-agent systems, robots within the same team are regarded as being fully trustworthy for cooperative tasks. However, the assumption of trustworthiness is not always justified, which may not only increase the risk of mission failure, but also endanger the lives of friendly forces. In prior work, we addressed this issue by using RoboTrust to dynamically adjust to observed behaviors or recommendations in order to mitigate the risks of illegitimate behaviors. However, in the simulations in prior work, all members of the convoy had knowledge of the convoy goal. In this paper, only the lead vehicle has knowledge of the convoy goals and the follow vehicles must infer trustworthiness strictly from lead vehicle performance. In addition, RoboTrust could only respond to observed performance and did not dynamically learn agent behavior. In this paper, we incorporate an adaptive agent-specific bias into the RoboTrust algorithm that modifies its trust dynamics. This bias is learned incrementally from agent interactions, allowing good agents to benefit from faster trust growth and slower trust decay and bad agents to be penalized with slower trust growth and faster trust decay. We then integrate this new trust model into a trust-based controller for decentralized autonomous convoy operations. We evaluate its performance in an obstacle avoidance mission, where the convoy attempts to learn the best speed and following distances combinations for an acceptable obstacle avoidance probability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9468, Unmanned Systems Technology XVII, 94680L (22 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2179905
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Dariusz G. Mikulski, U.S. Army RDECOM-TARDEC (United States)
Robert E. Karlsen, U.S. Army RDECOM-TARDEC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9468:
Unmanned Systems Technology XVII
Robert E. Karlsen; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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