Control of single and multiple agent systems with input and communication delays
Date of Issue2011
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Control of time-delay systems represents one important class of control problems. A lot of work has been done in recent years. Much of the research work has been focused on the stability analysis and stabilization of time-delay systems based on the Lyapunov functional and linear matrix inequality (LMI) approaches. While the LMI approach does provide an e±cient tool, the results are mostly only su±cient and only numerical solutions are available. Our research aims to present analytical solutions by some algebraic approaches, which can provide an insightful understanding of control problem of time-delay systems. On the other hand, there has also been significant recent interest in networked multi-agent system (MAS) where unavoidably there exist delays in information acquisition as well as information exchange between agents in addition to possible input/state delays in each agent. This motivates the study of MASs with input and communication delays. The thesis is divided into two parts: Part I is focused on optimal control of single agent systems with multiple input delays; Part II is on distributed consensus control of MAS with communication and input delays. More specifically, in Part I, we shall study the linear quadratic regulation (LQR) and tracking for a single agent with linear dynamics. We first focus on LQR for linear discrete-time systems with multiple delays in a single input channel. By introducing a backward stochastic system, we establish a relationship between the LQR problem for the original system and optimal estimation for a backward stochastic system which can be solved by using projection approach. The explicit optimal controllers are developed for both finite time and infinite time horizon cases. A parallel result for linear continuous-time systems is also established, where the optimal feedback gain is given in terms of the solution of Riccati-type partial differential equations (PDEs).
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