Robust Output Synchronization of Heterogeneous Nonlinear Networked Systems
In this talk, we will discuss a general framework for robust output synchronization of a group of networked agents. The agents under investigation have nonlinear, uncertain and heterogeneous dynamics. Output synchronization denotes that all agents, through collaborative control, achieve output agreement and follow a desired pattern. In particular, the agreed trajectory is not defined by nor known to any agent in advance. Collaborative control is achieved using only output information from neighboring agents. Two concurrent actions are revealed in the proposed synchronization framework. This framework involves design strategies for both perturbed consensus and perturbed regulation problems, subject to a class of small gain conditions. The success of the framework is verified by constructive proof.
Zhiyong Chen received his Bachelor degree from the Department of Automation, University of Science and Technology of China in 2000. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He worked as a Research Associate at the University of Virginia during 2005­-2006. He joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2006 as a Lecturer. Later, he was promoted to a Senior Lecturer and an Associate Professor. He is also holding a Chair Professorship with Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is an author of over 70 journal papers and one textbook. He was/is a Principal Investigator of three projects supported by Australian Research Council and two major projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China. He was/is an Associate Editor for many top tier journals including IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IFAC Mechatronics, Systems and Control Letters, and International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He is a co-Chair for several international conferences including the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, the 2016 Australian Control Conference, and the 12th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, etc. He received the Best PhD Thesis Award of the Year 2015 from the Faculty of Engineering, CUHK. He is the recipient of National Natural Science Award of China (second prize) in 2010, and several international conference best paper awards.