Abstract

The use of analog circuits implementing market allocation for potential control and coordination of large numbers of MEMS actuators, controllers, and/or sensors is investigated. While theoretical work has shown that markets can allocate actuation or control in a robust, flexible, and distributed fashion, this paper demonstrates that analog hardware implementation of the markets is promising for actuation allocation. Like human markets, the analog circuit implementations are robust against changes in actuator function or failures. The market wire offers rapid communication and coordination among large numbers of agents.

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