Design of distributed controllers realizable over arbitrary directed networks

Andalam Satya Mohan Vamsi, Nicola Elia

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We consider the problem of designing stabilizing distributed output-feedback controllers that achieve H2 and H performance objectives for a group of sub-systems dynamically interconnected via an arbitrary directed communication network. For a particular class of discrete-time linear timeinvariant interconnected systems that are characterized by a structural property of their state-space matrices, we design stabilizing distributed controllers which can use the available network along with the sub-systems of the interconnected system. This is achieved by means of a parameterization for the output-feedback linear controllers that linearizes the closed-loop H2 and H norm conditions and provide equivalent linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Using these LMIs, we formulate the minimization of H2 and H norms as semi-definite programs (SDPs) that can be efficiently solved using well-established techniques and tools. The solutions of these SDPs allow us to synthesize the corresponding controllers that are realizable over the given network. Even though we provide only sufficiency conditions for the design of stabilizing distributed controllers, simulations show that the synthesized controllers we obtain provide good performance in spite of being suboptimal compared to the centralized controller. In essence, we gain the advantage of designing realizable distributed controllers at the expense of slight performance degradation compared to the centralized solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2010
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424477456
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2010 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Dec 15 2010Dec 17 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Conference49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Distributed control
  • Linear matrix inequalities


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