Control over adversarial packet-dropping communication networks revisited

V. Ugrinovskii, C. Langbort

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We revisit a one-step control problem over an adversarial packet-dropping link. The link is modeled as a set of binary channels controlled by a strategic jammer whose intention is to wage a 'denial of service' attack on the plant by choosing a most damaging channel-switching strategy. The paper introduces a class of zero-sum games between the jammer and controller as a scenario for such attack, and derives necessary and sufficient conditions for these games to have a nontrivial saddle-point equilibrium. At this equilibrium, the jammer's optimal policy is to randomize in a region of the plant's state space, thus requiring the controller to undertake a nontrivial response which is different from what one would expect in a standard stochastic control problem over a packet dropping channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479932726
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2014Jun 6 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR


  • Networked control systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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