Distributed Control for Networked Systems with Non-Traditional Communication Constraints: Lossy Links, Power and Usage Limitations, and Induced Cooperation
Final rept. 1 Mar 2009-30 Nov 2011
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA COORDINATED SCIENCE LAB
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As wireless sensing and control become increasingly applicable in elds ranging from real-time alarm systems and vehicle systems to aeronautical guidance and formation control, the need for establishing a theoretical foundation for what is known as networked systems R1 has grown likewise. Such systems have sensors and controllers distributed generally in an ad-hoc manner, but have to be connected virtually either through communication and information transmission or because of the need to achieve some level of performance driven by individual or common goals, or both. Any effective effort to develop a theoretical foundation for this relatively new paradigm necessitates pooling together of tools both conceptual and algorithmic from multiple seemingly disparate disciplines, such as control theory, information theory, coding, communication, computing, and game theory. Some salient aspects of this paradigm, and the challenging issues that arise in this context, which we have addressed in the research supported by this AFOSR grant, are as follows, where the generic term agents is used for entities that are responsible for decision making that leads to actions, be they sensors or controllers or even dynamical systems.
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