EECI09: Review of information theory and communications

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In this lecture, we will briefly review some concepts from information theory. While classical control design is a one-block design problem (design controller / estimator), networked control design is a two-block design problem (design encoder and decoder for every channel). Information theory provides sophisticated tools for considering two block design problems for communication. By adapting these tools for feedback control, we will derive some extensions of the classical Bode integral formula for arbitrary causal feedback, that may possibly include finite communication channels.

Lecture Materials

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Further Reading

  • Control in an Information Rich World, R. M. Murray (ed). SIAM, 2003. This book provides a high level description of some of the research challenges and opportunities in the field of control. The executive summary (Section 1) and the application sections on "Information and Networks" and "Robotics and Intelligent Machines" (Section 3.2 and 3.3) are particularly relevant.

  • Second paper

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