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International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems
International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems


Special Issue on: "Modelling and/or Control of Multi-Vehicle Formations"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Lotfi Beji, Université d'Evry, France
Prof. Azgal Abichou, Polytechnic School of Tunisia, Tunisia

Interest in multi-vehicle formation and their control has increased because of the many possible applications in military as well as civil fields. The study of robot formation control, inspired from swarm evolution in nature, began from the industry and military worlds with the idea of using multiple small vehicles instead of one big one. Teams of inexpensive robots, performing cooperative tasks, may prove to be more cost and energy effective than a single one. They are, in addition, capable of achieving a mission more efficiently. Using formations of robots includes other advantages such as increased feasibility, accuracy, robustness, flexibility, and probability of success.

Many works have focused on the subject, based on different approaches and using different strategies, such as the virtual structure, the behavioural approach, the leader following approach, swarm intelligence, and so on. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages, and is used in order to achieve a specific goal.

This special issue aims to showcase recent advances in modelling, parameter identification, and minimisation of multi-vehicle formation, self-organised task allocation strategies for multi-vehicle systems, and formation control.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:
  • Multi-vehicle coordination, cooperation and collaboration
  • Kinematics and dynamics modelling of vehicles formation
  • Path planning and task allocation of robots formation
  • Stabilisation and tracking control of robots formation
  • Obstacles avoidance and formation control
  • Self-organisation of vehicle groups
  • Biologically inspired of multi-robot behaviour
  • Multi-agents system and robots formation
  • Aerial and/or terrestrial group of vehicles in coordination
  • Swarms of robots

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of full paper before: 31 August, 2009 (extended)

Notification of Acceptance: 30 September, 2009

Final paper due: 30 November, 2009