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Output synchronization for heterogeneous networks of non-introspective agents. (English) Zbl 1271.93009
Summary: In this paper we consider the output synchronization problem for heterogeneous networks of linear agents. The network’s communication infrastructure provides each agent with a linear combination of its own output relative to that of neighboring agents, and it allows the agents to exchange information about their own internal observer estimates. We design decentralized controllers based on setting the control input of a single root agent to zero and letting the remaining agents synchronize to the root agent. A distinguishing feature of our work is that the agents are assumed to be \(non-introspective\), meaning that they possess no knowledge about their own state or output separate from what is received via the network. We also consider the problem of regulating the agreement trajectory according to an \(a priori\) specified reference model. In this case we assume that some of the agents have access to their own output relative to the reference trajectory.

MSC:
93A14 Decentralized systems
68T42 Agent technology and artificial intelligence
93C15 Control/observation systems governed by ordinary differential equations
93C05 Linear systems in control theory
93C35 Multivariable systems, multidimensional control systems
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