EE Seminar: Dr. Danial Zelazo, Technion

~~(The talk will be given in English)

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Zelazo,
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Technion
Monday, December 29th, 2014
15:00 - 16:00
Room 011, Kitot Bldg., Faculty of Engineering

Distributed Negotiation Methods for Multi-Agent Dynamical Systems

Many applications of multi-agent systems assume that all agents in the system are cooperating to achieve a common goal.  From an optimization perspective, these systems are attempting to minimize some global objective function in a distributed manner.  Other applications, however, may require that each agent in the system behaves selfishly to achieve some local desired objective, but is constrained by certain team goals.  In this scenario there must be a compromise between what each individual agent considers optimal and the constraints imposed on the entire team.  In this talk, we explore this second scenario and describe a solution method we term the shrinking horizon preference agreement algorithm that allows each agent to distributedly and in real-time negotiate their individual optimal trajectories while satisfying the team constraints.  We consider this problem for both fixed and switching communication topologies and in the process reveal connections between distributed optimization algorithms, graph structures, and the classical linear quadratic regulator problem.
Bio:   Daniel Zelazo received his BSc. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in '99 and '01.  He spent 2 years working at Texas Instruments in Japan before beginning his PhD at UW under the supervision of Mehran Mesbahi.  He received his doctorate in the AeroAstro department in 2009, and in 2010 he began a post-doc at the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control in Stuttgart, Germany.  In the fall of 2012 he joined the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering as an assistant prof. at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

29 בדצמבר 2014, 15:00 
חדר 011, בניין כיתות-חשמל 
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