EE Seminar: Control over noisy communication media

27 בנובמבר 2017, 15:00 
חדר 011, בניין כיתות-חשמל 

 (The talk will be given in English)


Speaker:     Dr. Anatoly Khina
                   Department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena


Monday, November 27th, 2017
15:00 - 16:00

Room 011, Kitot Bldg., Faculty of Engineering


Control over noisy communication media



In the past decades, control theory has been successfully applied to well-crafted closed engineering systems (e.g., automotive and aerospace industries). However, in the current technological era of ubiquitous wireless connectivity and IoT applications, the demand for control over (noisy) wireless media is rapidly growing, opening the door to numerous new challenges and opportunities. Among these is how best to communicate the time-sensitive sensing and control signals which are required to satisfy the control objective.


I will start the talk by presenting the conventional solution which breaks down the communications task into separate compression and channel coding. For control systems, stricter notions of compression and channel coding are needed: a quantizer that optimally tracks the state of the system, and a causal channel code whose error probability decays exponentially with time. I will show how to accommodate both of these demands using our newly developed efficient techniques. I will then take a more holistic approach by avoiding the digital domain altogether and using analog mappings instead. These schemes improve both the computational complexity and control performance. I will argue that these analog coding schemes are a primary example of a more general joint control-communication concept where the transmitter enjoys implicit feedback, via the control-system loop.


Anatoly Khina was born in Moscow, U.S.S.R., in 1984. He received the B.Sc. (summa cum laude), M.Sc. (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees from Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2006, 2010 and 2016, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA. His research interests include information theory, control theory, signal processing and matrix analysis.

In parallel to his studies, Dr. Khina worked as an engineer in various algorithm, software and hardware R&D positions. He is a recipient of the Simons-Berkeley and Qualcomm Research Fellowships, Fulbright, Rothschild and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, Clore Scholarship, Trotsky Award, Weinstein Prize in signal processing, Intel award for Ph.D. research, and the Feder Family Award for outstanding research work in the field of communication technologies (first prize).

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