Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Meir Pachter, PhD
This thesis analyzes cyclic pursuit with the intent of developing swarm attack strategies for autonomous agents. Research was focused on finding the effects of pursuers capture range, evader speed and size of formation on the probability of escape. The temporal evolution of several polygonal formations was analyzed. The polygons could be regular or arbitrary polygons. The thesis demonstrated that an increased capture range, formation size, reduced evader speed aided capture probability. Irregular n-gon formations reduced to n-1 gon repeatedly, pursuer clusters formed until two clusters remained which eventually came together, so all the n pursuers coalesced until convergence. Regular n-gon polygon formation maintained their form until coalesced. Sufficient conditions for the capture of the evader are provided at the end of the analysis.
DTIC Accession Number
Oke, Daniel E., "Cyclic Pursuit" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 4995.