Criteria for global pinning-controllability of complex networks. (English) Zbl 1153.93329

Summary: We study pinning-controllability of networks of coupled dynamical systems. In particular, we study the problem of asymptotically driving a network of coupled identical oscillators onto some desired common reference trajectory by actively controlling only a limited subset of the whole network. The reference trajectory is generated by an exogenous independent oscillator, and pinned nodes are coupled to it through a linear state feedback. We describe the time evolution of the complex dynamical system in terms of the error dynamics. Thereby, we reformulate the pinning-controllability problem as a global asymptotic stability problem. By using Lyapunov-stability theory and algebraic graph theory, we establish tractable sufficient conditions for global pinning-controllability in terms of the network topology, the oscillator dynamics, and the linear state feedback.


93B05 Controllability
93D20 Asymptotic stability in control theory
93C10 Nonlinear systems in control theory
93D05 Lyapunov and other classical stabilities (Lagrange, Poisson, \(L^p, l^p\), etc.) in control theory
93B11 System structure simplification


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