Distinguished ICON Seminar by Prof. A. Stephen Morse (Yale)

Event Date: September 18, 2020
Speaker: Prof. A. Stephen Morse
Speaker Affiliation: Yale University
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/j/92741572067
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School or Program: College of Engineering
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Prof. Morse will give a research seminar on Distributed Feedback Control, and share his reflections on control engineering at Purdue in the 1960s. His seminar will be followed by a meeting with students and junior researchers. Prof. Morse is is currently the Dudley professor at Yale University. His main research interest is in system and control theories including optimal control, adaptive control, and recently multi-agent systems. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the IEEE Control Systems Award in 1999 and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 2003. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, and an NAE member since 2002. Prof. Morse is a Purdue ECE alumnus.
 
Zoom link for seminar:  https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/j/92741572067
 
Title: Distributed Feedback Control of Multi-Channel Linear Systems.
 
Abstract: The central aim of this talk is to explain why any jointly controllable, jointly observable multi-channel linear system with a strongly connected neighbor (communication) graph can be exponentially stabilized with arbitrarily fast convergence using a time-invariant distributed linear control. This result can be established using a distributed observer-based control architecture analogous to the familiar centralized observer-based architecture used to control a controllable, observable, linear system. A key consequence of this ending is that the well-known fixed spectrum (set of fixed modes) of a multi-channel linear system is no longer an obstacle to the system’s regulation provided distributed rather than decentralized control is used. It will also be explained how to avoid this obstacle using distributed control without restricting the control architecture to be of the observer-based type. Using these ideas, a solution will also be given to the distributed set-point control problem for a multi-channel linear system in which each and every agent with access to the system is able to independently adjust its controlled output to any desired set-point value. Often overlooked in the study of distributed control are the effects of communication network transmission delays. It will be explained why in the face of such delays, exponential stabilization at a prescribed convergence rate can still be achieved with distributed control, at least for discrete-time, multi-channel linear systems.  Some time will be devoted towards the end of the talk to reflections on control engineering at Purdue in the 1960s.
 
Bio: A. Stephen Morse received a BSEE degree from Cornell University, MS degree from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He is currently the Dudley professor at Yale University. His main research interest is in system and control theories including optimal control, adaptive control, and recently multi-agent systems. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the IEEE Control Systems Award in 1999 and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 2003. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, and an NAE member since 2002.
 
 

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