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The Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation University of California at Santa Barbara
 

Summary: The Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation
University of California at Santa Barbara
Winter 2009 Seminar Series
Presents
Distributed Design: a New Direction in Distributed Control
Cedric Langbort
University of Illinois
Monday, February 16, 2009 11 - 12 PM ESB 2001
Abstract:
Since the field started investigating the influence of specific information patterns in optimal control in the sixties,
"distributed control" has almost become synonymous with the problem of designing controllers with externally-
imposed observation and communication structures. While the difficulty of this question certainly justifies the
extensive attention it has received until now, we believe that it also has overshadowed other important issues
that appear naturally in the design of controllers for distributed systems. For example, one significant difficulty
in controlling such systems lies in the fact that the control law (regardless of whether it is "distributed" in the
traditional sense or not) may have to be constructed by several different decision makers (e.g., co-located with
the distributed units), with access to different segmented, incomplete, and/or possibly inconsistent models of the
full plant to be controlled. This talk will explore such distributed design issues in two ways: first, we focus on a
theoretical distributed design framework in which a controller must be constructed by different designers, with
access to only partial model information. Using tools and ideas from the theory of communication complexity

  

Source: Akhmedov, Azer - Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

Collections: Mathematics