Simulations of Robotic Pursuit Using Matlab and Simulink
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A pursuit curve is the path one creature takes while following another, and these can be used to model predator/prey chases, missiles homing in on a target, or even robot movement during a rendezvous. This paper will focus on the mathematical modeling and subsequently the simulation of these curves in Matlab Simulink. Two other students who were working in the lab interacted directly with the robots, and in particular, they worked with experimental robotic pursuit. Using the Cricket system, which works like an indoor GPS, the robots in the Intelligent Servosystems Lab can communicate their locations to one another, and then run pursuit protocols. The Matlab programs, though idealized, are successfully able to simulate the realistic trials of robotic pursuit.