Remote stabilization over fading channels

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In this paper, we study the problem of remote mean square stabilization of a MIMO system when independent fading channels are dedicated to each actuator and sensor. We show that the stochastic variables responsible for the fading can be seen as a source of model uncertainty. This view leads to robust control analysis and synthesis problems with a deterministic nominal system and a stochastic, structured, model uncertainty. As a special case, we consider the stabilization over Erasure or drop-out channels. We show that the largest probability of erasure tolerable by the closed loop is obtained from solving a robust control synthesis problem. In more general terms, we establish that the set of plants which can be stabilized by linear controllers over fading channels is fundamentally limited by the channel generated uncertainty. We show that, the notion of mean square capacity, defined for a single channel in the loop, captures this limitation precisely and characterizes equivalence classes of channels within the class of memoryless fading channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-249
Number of pages13
JournalSystems and Control Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research has been supported by NSF under the Career Award grant number ECS-0093950. A preliminary version of this paper is [6,7] .


  • Control over the communication channels
  • Drop out channels
  • Fading channels
  • Mean square stability robustness
  • Multiplicative noise
  • Quality of service


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