Publication

Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS)
2019

ANALYSIS OF THE SYNERGY BETWEEN MODULARITY AND AUTONOMY IN AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BASED FLEET COMPETITION

by Xingyu Li; Mainak Mitra; Bogdan I. Epureanu

Abstract

A novel approach is provided for evaluating the benefits and burdens from vehicle modularity in fleets/units through the analysis of a game theoretical model of the competition between autonomous vehicle fleets in an attacker-defender game. We present an approach to obtain the heuristic operational strategies through fitting a decision tree on high-fidelity simulation results of an intelligent agent-based model. A multi-stage game theoretical model is also created for decision making considering military resources and impacts of past decisions. Nash equilibria of the operational strategy are revealed, and their characteristics are explores. The benefits of fleet modularity are also analyzed by comparing the results of the decision making process under diverse operational situations.