Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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The study of multi-agent systems (MAS) focuses on systems in which many intelligent agents interact within an environment. The agents are considered to be autonomous entities. MAS can be used to solve problems that are difficult or impossible for an individual agent to solve. The main feature which is achieved when developing MAS, if they work, is flexibility, since MAS can be added to, modified and reconstructed, without the need for detailed rewriting of the application. MAS can manifest self-organization as well as self-steering related complex behaviors even when the individual strategies of all their agents are simple. The goal of MAS research is to find methods that allow us to build complex systems composed of autonomous agents who, while operating on local knowledge and possessing only limited abilities, are nonetheless capable of enacting the desired global behaviors. We want to know how to take a description of what a system of agents should do and break it down into individual agent behaviors. This thesis investigates the problem when discrete-time MAS are consensusable under undirected graph. A discussion is provided to show how the problem differs from continuous time system. Then a consensusability condition is derived in terms of the Mahler measure of the agent system for single input single out systems (SISO) and result shows that there is an improved consensusability by a power of two. An algorithm is proposed for distributed consensus feedback control law when the consensusability holds. Also the case of output feedback is considered in which the consensusability problem becomes more complicated. To solve this we decompose the problem into two parts i.e. state feedback and state estimation. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the established results.



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Committee Chair

Gu, Guoxiang