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Control of spatially distributed multi-agent systems


Spatially distributed mulit-agent networks have been used successfully to model a wide range of natural, social and engineered complex systems, such as animal groups, online communities and electric power grids. In various contexts, it is crucial to introduce control actions into such networks to either achieve desired collective dynamics or test the understanding of the systems' behavior. However, controlling such systems is challenging due to the complicated interaction patterns among the agents that are constrained by spatial regulations. Systematic methodologies to attack this challenge are in urgent need, especially when vast efforts are being made in multiple disciplines to apply the model of complex multi-agent networks.

The goal of this project is twofold. First, understand wheter a complex multi-agent network can be effectively controlled when the agents with only local sensing and communication capabilities are distributed spatially. Second, provide methodologies to implement distributed control in typical such networks.

Projectleader Ming Cao


Hadi Taghvafard


CDMAN ERC starting grant

Contact information

Secretary Frederika Fokkens
Telephone +31 50 363 8493
Postal address University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 4
NL-9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands
E-mail secdtpa

Laatst gewijzigd:08 april 2014 11:46