HYCON-EECI, Spring 2008

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17-21 March 2008

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.

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     NCS08, Chapter 1  
  2     Mon, 11:00     Case Study - Autonomous Driving     Cremean et al, 2006  
  3     Mon, 14:00     Embedded Systems Programming     Spread, pthreads manuals  
  4     Mon, 16:00     Trajectory Generation and Differential Flatness     OBC08, Chapter 1  
  5     Tue, 9:00     Optimization-Based Control     OBC08, Chapter 2-3  
  6     Tue, 11:00     State Estimation and Sensor Fusion     OBC08, Chapter 4-6  
  7     Wed, 9:00     Packet-Based Estimation and Control     Sinopoli et al, 2004; Epstein et al, 2008  
  9     Wed, 11:00     Information Flow and Consensus     Olfati-Saber and Murray, 2004  
  8     Wed, 14:00     Distributed Estimation and Control     Gupta course notes  
  10     Wed, 16:00     Formation Control in Multi-Agent Systems     Fax and Murray, 2004; Dunbar and Murray, 2006  
  11     Thu, 9:00     Distributed Protocols and CCL     Klavins and Murray, 2005  
  12     Thu, 11:00     State Estimation on Lattices     Del Vecchio, Murray and Klavins, 2006  
  13     Fri, 9:00     Implementation Examples     Waydo et al, 2006; DGC07 final report  
  14     Fri, 11:00     Future Directions and Open Problems     CDS Panel Report  


Notes and references are given in the individual lectures.


  • 28 Mar 08: course pages and links to all lectures update. These pages now correspond to the lectures that were given from 17-21 Mar 08 at Supelec.
  • 10 Mar 08: course page created for HYCON-EECI