Distributed Convex Optimization with State-Dependent (Social) Interactions and Time-Varying Topologies

Seyyed Shaho Alaviani, Nicola Elia

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In this paper, an unconstrained collaborative optimization of a sum of convex functions is considered where agents make decisions using local information from their neighbors. The communication between nodes are described by a time-varying sequence of possibly state-dependent weighted networks. A new framework for modeling multi-Agent optimization problems over networks with state-dependent interactions and time-varying topologies is proposed. A gradient-based discrete-Time algorithm using diminishing step size is proposed for converging to the optimal solution under suitable assumptions. The algorithm is totally asynchronous without requiring B-connectivity assumption for convergence. The algorithm still works even if the weighted matrix of the graph is periodic and irreducible in synchronous protocol. Finally, a case study on a network of robots in an automated warehouse is provided in order to demonstrate the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9392368
Pages (from-to)2611-2624
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
StatePublished - Mar 31 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received December 21, 2019; revised June 21, 2020, December 8, 2020, and February 28, 2021; accepted March 22, 2021. Date of publication March 31, 2021; date of current version May 14, 2021. The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Dr. Subhro Das. This work was supported by NSF under Grant CCF-1320643, and AFOSR under Grant FA95501510119. A preliminary version of this paper has appeared without proofs in [11]. This work had been done primarily while Seyyed Shaho Alaviani and Nicola Elia were at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA. (Corresponding author: Seyyed Shaho Alaviani.) Seyyed Shaho Alaviani is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 USA (e-mail: salavia@clemson.edu).

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  • Distributed optimization
  • convex optimization
  • state-dependent networks
  • time-varying topologies


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