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Distributed optimization system

United States Patent

November 30, 2004
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A search system and method for controlling multiple agents to optimize an objective using distributed sensing and cooperative control. The search agent can be one or more physical agents, such as a robot, and can be software agents for searching cyberspace. The objective can be: chemical sources, temperature sources, radiation sources, light sources, evaders, trespassers, explosive sources, time dependent sources, time independent sources, function surfaces, maximization points, minimization points, and optimal control of a system such as a communication system, an economy, a crane, and a multi-processor computer.
Hurtado; John E. (Albuquerque, NM), Dohrmann; Clark R. (Albuquerque, NM), Robinett, III; Rush D. (Tijeras, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 392,542
March 19, 2003
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.