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Event-based broadcasting for multi-agent average consensus. (English) Zbl 1257.93066
Summary: A novel control strategy for multi-agent coordination with event-based broadcasting is presented. In particular, each agent decides itself when to transmit its current state to its neighbors and the local control laws are based on these sampled state measurements. Three scenarios are analyzed: Networks of single-integrator agents with and without communication delays, and networks of double-integrator agents. The novel event-based scheduling strategy bounds each agent’s measurement error by a time-dependent threshold. For each scenario it is shown that the proposed control strategy guarantees either asymptotic convergence to average consensus or convergence to a ball centered at the average consensus. Moreover, it is shown that the inter-event intervals are lower-bounded by a positive constant. Numerical simulations show the effectiveness of the novel event-based control strategy and how it compares to time-scheduled control.

93C65 Discrete event control/observation systems
93A14 Decentralized systems
68T42 Agent technology and artificial intelligence
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