Distributed control over structured and packet-dropping networks

Shengxiang Jiang, Petros G. Voulgaris, Natasha Neogi

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In this paper we consider distributed control of n dynamic agents to optimize an overall system performance metric. Due to limited communication resources, there exist structured interconnections among the agents and the interest is placed on synthesizing a suitably distributed control law to provide a given performance level. Based on a Youla-Kucera (Y-K) parameterization approach, the problem of designing a distributed controller to deliver given performance levels for different network topologies is shown to be convex in the Y-K parameter Q. Furthermore, if in addition to structured interconnections, packet drops exist in information transmission among the agents, we provide convex conditions to guarantee mean square (MS) stability and to optimize ℋ2 system performance. The proposed method is also extended to deal with systems of triangular structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1408
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Issue number14
StatePublished - Sep 25 2008


  • Convex
  • Distributed control
  • Packet drops
  • Structured
  • Youla-kucera parameter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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