Synchronization Problems in Networks of Nonlinear Agents

Casadei, Giacomo (2016) Synchronization Problems in Networks of Nonlinear Agents, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Automatica e ricerca operativa, 28 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/7526.
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Over the last years, consensus and synchronization problems have been a popular topic in the systems and control community. This interest is motivated by the fact that, in several fields of application, a certain number of agents is interacting or has to cooperate to achieve a certain task. Robotic swarms, sensor networks, power networks, biological networks are only few outstanding examples where networks of agents displays behaviors which can be modeled and studied by means of consensus and synchronisation techniques. In this thesis we consider a general class of networked nonlinear systems in different operating frameworks and design control architecture to force the systems to reach synchronization and consensus on a target behavior. In particular, we consider the case of homogeneous and heterogeneous nonlinear agents with a static communication topology and design a static high-gain-based diffusive coupling and an internal model-based regulator respectively, to solve the problem of consensus. Then, we analyze the case of dynamical links and show under which conditions, synchronization for homogeneous nonlinear systems can be achieved. Depending on the structure of the dynamic links at hand, static and dynamic regulators (based on the concept extended state observers) are proposed. Furthermore, we address the problem of disconnected topology and switching topology and derive under which conditions agents reach cluster synchronization and synchronization respectively. Last, we consider the problem of a sampled exchange of information between the agents and design a triggering rule locally at each agent such that the overall network reaches synchronization.

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Tesi di dottorato
Casadei, Giacomo
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze e ingegneria dell'informazione
Settore disciplinare
Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
Network control, Synchronisation and Consensus, Nonlinear networked systems, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Networks, Dynamical Links, Switching Networks, Event Triggered Control of Networks
Data di discussione
27 Maggio 2016

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