M.Sc Thesis

M.Sc StudentBellaiche Levi-Itzhak
SubjectContinuous Time Gathering of Agents with Limited
Visibility and Bearing-Only Sensing
DepartmentDepartment of Applied Mathematics
Supervisor PROF. Alfred Bruckstein


A group of mobile agents, identical, anonymous, and oblivious (memory-less), having the capacity to sense only the relative direction (bearing) to neighboring agents within a finite visibility range, are shown to gather to a meeting point in finite time by applying a very simple rule of motion. The agents' rule of motion is : set your velocity vector to be the sum of the two unit vectors (in the real plane) pointing to your “extremal” neighbours determining the smallest visibility disc sector in which all your visible neighbors reside, provided it spans an angle smaller than pi, otherwise, since you are “surrounded” by visible neighbors, simply stay put (set your velocity to 0). Of course, the initial constellation of agents must have a visibility graph that is connected, and provided this we prove that the agents gather to a common meeting point in finite time, while the distances between agents that initially see each other monotonically decreases.