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—We consider distributed parameter systems where the underlying dynamics are spatially invariant, and where the controls and measurements are spatially distributed. These systems arise in many applications such as the control of vehicular platoons, flow control, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), smart structures, and systems described by partial… (More)

—We consider distributed consensus and vehicular formation control problems. Specifically we address the question of whether local feedback is sufficient to maintain coherence in large-scale networks subject to stochastic disturbances. We define macroscopic performance measures which are global quantities that capture the notion of coherence; a notion of… (More)

In this paper we consider the problem of distributed controller design in spatially invariant systems for which communication among sites is limited. In particular, the controller is constrained so that information is propagated with a delay that depends on the distance between sub-systems–a structure we refer to as " funnel "-causality. We show that the… (More)

—We consider a distributed average consensus algorithm over a network in which communication links fail with independent probability. In such stochastic networks, convergence is defined in terms of the variance of deviation from average. We first show how the problem can be recast as a linear system with multiplicative random inputs which model link… (More)

— We consider the problem of leader-based distributed coordination in networks where agents are subject to stochastic disturbances, but where certain designated leaders are immune to those disturbances. Specifically, we address the effect of leader selection on the coherence of the network, defined in terms of an H2 norm of the system. This quantity… (More)

—We revisit the vehicular platoon control problems formulated by Levine and Athans and Melzer and Kuo. We show that in each case, these formulations are effectively ill-posed. Specifically , we demonstrate that in the first formulation, the system's sta-bilizability degrades as the size of the platoon increases, and that the system loses stabilizability in… (More)

—We investigate the properties of systems on lattices with spatially distributed sensors and actuators. These systems arise in a variety of applications such as the control of vehicular platoons, formation of unmanned aerial vehicles, arrays of microcantilevers, and constellations of satellites. We use a Lyapunov-based framework as a tool for… (More)

—We investigate several fundamental aspects of the theory of linear distributed systems with spatially periodic coefficients. We develop a spatial-frequency domain representation analogous to the lifted or frequency response operator representation for linear time periodic systems. Using this representation, we introduce the notion of the 2 norm for this… (More)