A wide range of applications require or can benefit from collaborative behavior of a group of agents. The technical challenge addressed in this chapter is the development of a decentralized control strategy that enables each agent to independently navigate to ensure agents achieve a collective goal while the system maintains network connectivity. Specifically, cooperative controllers are developed for networked agents that have both limited sensing and network connectivity constraints. By modeling the interaction among the agents as a graph, several different approaches to address the problems of preserving network connectivity are presented, with the focus on a method that utilizes navigation function frameworks. By modeling network connectivity constraints as artificial obstacles in navigation functions, a decentralized control strategy is presented in two particular applications, formation control and rendezvous for a system of autonomous agents, which ensures global convergence to the unique minimum of the potential field (i.e., desired formation or desired destination) while preserving network connectivity. Simulation results are provided to demonstrate the developed strategy.
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