HYCON-EECI, Spring 2009

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Eecilogo.png An Introduction to Networked Control Systems Cdslogo.png

Vijay Gupta (Notre Dame)   Richard M. Murray (Caltech)

16-20 March 2009

Increases in fast and inexpensive computing and communications have enabled a new generation information-rich control systems that rely on multi-threaded networked execution, distributed optimization, adaptation and learning, and contingency management in increasingly sophisticated ways. This set of lectures will provide an introduction to the theory and tools for building such systems, focusing on the so-called “networked” control systems in which the components that form the system are connected through a communication network. These lectures were developed as part of a course at Caltech on “Networked Control Systems”, first offered in Spring 2006, and a 2008 EECI course. The instructors are also working on a new textbook, Networked Sensing, Estimation and Control Systems, co-authored with Ling Shi and Bruno Sinopoli.

Course information

Lecture Schedule

The schedule below lists the lectures that will be given as part of the course. Each lecture will last approximately 90 minutes. The individual lecture pages give an overview of the lecture and links to additional information.

Lec Date/time   Title   Reading
  1     Mon, 9:00     Introduction to Networked Control Systems (Murray)      
  2     Mon, 11:00     Optimization-based control (Murray)      
  3     Mon, 14:00     Information patterns (Gupta)      
  4     Mon 16:00     Graph theory (Murray)      
  5     Tue, 9:00     Distributed control (Murray)      
  6     Tue, 11:00     Cooperative control (Murray)      
  7     Wed, 9:00     Distributed estimation and sensor fusion (Gupta)      
  8     Wed, 11:00     Review of information theory and communications (Gupta)      
  9     Wed, 14:00     Jump linear Markov processes (Gupta)      
  10     Wed, 16:00     Packet loss, delays and shock absorbers (Gupta)      
  11     Thu, 9:00     Quantization and bandwidth limits (Gupta)      
  12     Thu, 11:00     Estimation over networks (Gupta)      
  13     Fri, 9:00     Distributed protocols and verification (Murray)      
  14     Fri, 11:00     Future directions and open problems (Murray)      


Notes and references are given in the individual lectures.


  • 30 Dec 08: course page created for HYCON-EECI
  • 1 Mar 09: updated course outline; created all lecture pages