Synchronization of nonlinear systems with communication delays and intermittent information exchange

Abdelkader Abdessameud, Ilia G. Polushin, Abdelhamid Tayebi

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Abstract This paper studies the synchronization problem of second-order nonlinear multi-agent systems with intermittent communication in the presence of irregular communication delays and possible information losses. The control objective is to steer all agents' positions to a common position with a prescribed desired velocity available only to some leaders. Based on the small-gain framework, we propose a synchronization scheme relying on an intermittent information exchange protocol in the presence of time delays and possible packet dropouts. We show that our control objectives are achieved with a simple selection of the control gains provided that the directed graph, describing the interconnection between agents, contains a spanning tree. An example of Euler-Lagrange systems is considered to illustrate the application and effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6416
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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