Optimal strategies for dynamic weight selection in consensus protocols in the presence of an adversary

Mahmoud El Chamie, Tamer Basar

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In this paper, we consider optimal design strategies in consensus protocols for networks vulnerable to adversarial attacks. First we study dynamic (multi-stage) weight selection optimal control for consensus protocols. For the general (multi-stage) case, the solution exists but can rarely be expressed in closed-form. In view of this, we apply optimization techniques to obtain a locally (and possibly globally) optimizing feasible control path. For the one-stage case, however, we obtain a closed-form solution for the optimal control and provide sufficient conditions for the existence of a control that makes the system reach consensus in only one iteration. We then consider a game theoretical model for the problem of a network with an adversary corrupting the control signal with noise. We derive the optimal strategies for both players (the adversary and the network designer) of the resulting game using a saddle point equilibrium (SPE) solution in mixed strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7039469
Pages (from-to)735-740
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Issue numberFebruary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 53rd IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Dec 15 2014Dec 17 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization

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