Scheduling Operator Assistance for Shared Autonomy in Multi-Robot Teams

Yifan Cai, Abhinav Dahiya, N. Wilde, Stephen L. Smith

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In this paper, we consider the problem of allocating human operator assistance in a system with multiple autonomous robots. Each robot is required to complete independent missions, each defined as a sequence of tasks. While executing a task, a robot can either operate autonomously or be teleoperated by the human operator to complete the task at a faster rate. We formulate our problem as a Mixed Integer Linear Program, which can be used to optimally solve small to moderate sized problem instances. We also develop an anytime algorithm that makes use of the problem structure to provide a fast and high-quality solution of the operator scheduling problem, even for larger problem instances. Our key insight is to identify blocking tasks in greedily-created schedules and iteratively remove those blocks to improve the quality of the solution. Through numerical simulations, we demonstrate the benefits of the proposed algorithm as an efficient and scalable approach that outperforms other greedy methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2022)
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-6761-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventIEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2022) - Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 6 Dec 20229 Dec 2022


ConferenceIEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2022)

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  • Schedules
  • Numerical simulation
  • Scheduling
  • Task analysis
  • Autonomous robots


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