Capturing an Evader Using Multiple Pursuers with Sensing Limitations in Convex Environment
A modified continuous-time pursuit-evasion game with multiple pursuers and a single evader is studied. The game has been played in an obstacle-free convex environment which consists an exit gate through which the evader may escape. The geometry of the convex is unknown to all players except pursuers know the location of the exit gate and they can communicate with each other. All players have equal maximum velocities and identical sensing range. An evader is navigating inside the environment and seeking the exit gate to win the game. A novel sweep-pursuit-capture strategy for the pursuers to search and capture the evader under some necessary and sufficient conditions is presented. We also show that three pursuers are sufficient to finish the operation successfully. Non-holonomic wheeled mobile robots of the same configurations have been used as the pursuers and the evader. Simulation studies demonstrate the performance of the proposed strategy in terms of interception time and the distance traveled by the players.
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