Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Document Type



The study of multi-agent systems (MASs) is focused on systems in which many autonomous agents interact and operate within a limited communication environment. The general goal of the MAS research is to design interconnection control laws such that all the dynamic agents in the group are synchronized to a desired common trajectory by exchanging information with adjacent agents over certain constrained communication networks. Based on the review and modification of existing results concerning the consensus control of linear heterogeneous MASs in Moreau (2004) [21], Scardovi and Sepulchre (2009) [25], Wieland et al (2011) [30], and Alvergue et al. (2013) [1], this thesis investigates the distributed stabilization of the heterogeneous MAS, consisting of N different continuous-time nonlinear dynamic systems, under connected communication graphs. The conditions for a nonlinear dynamic agent to be feedback equivalent to a strictly passive system are derived along with the feedback law. A distributed stabilization control protocol using state feedback is then proposed under the idea of feedback connection of two passive systems. It proves to be sufficient for only one or a few agents to have access to the reference signal for the MAS to achieve stability, which lowers the communication overhead from the reference to different agents. The result can be interpreted as an extension of the stabilizing law for linear MASs introduced in [1], and considered as a fundamental preliminary for the consensus research for nonlinear MASs in the future.



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Committee Chair

Gu, Guoxiang