Distributed nonlinear control algorithms for network consensus. (English) Zbl 1153.93307

Summary: We develop a thermodynamic framework for addressing consensus problems for nonlinear multiagent dynamical systems with fixed and switching topologies. Specifically, we present distributed nonlinear static and dynamic controller architectures for multiagent coordination. The proposed controller architectures are predicated on system thermodynamic notions resulting in controller architectures involving the exchange of information between agents that guarantee that the closed-loop dynamical network is consistent with basic thermodynamic principles.


93A14 Decentralized systems
90B18 Communication networks in operations research
93C10 Nonlinear systems in control theory
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