Bounded hybrid connectivity control of networked multiagent systems

Gerardo De La Torre, Tansel Yucelen, Eric Johnson

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Connectivity refers to the problem that the initial information flow between a group of agents is required to be preserved for all time in order to achieve a given set of system-level objectives. This technical note focuses on a new connectivity control architecture for networked multiagent systems based on hybrid protocols. Specifically, for a group of agents subject to Δ-disk proximity graphs, we consider the consensus problem while preserving connectedness with a priori given bounds on the control inputs. The bounds on the control inputs are shown neither to depend on potential functions nor system states. Instead the bounds are user selected continuous functions. Using the proposed framework, we show that the maximum distance among neighboring agents strictly decreases, and hence, the connectivity problem is solved while satisfying the consensus objective. Illustrative numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed bounded hybrid connectivity control architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6728662
Pages (from-to)2480-2485
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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