PhD Seminar Course on 

Distributed Control of MultiAgent Systems 

Cagliari, Sept. 8  Sept. 29, 2009 



Instructor: 
Zhiyun Lin
(linz@zju.edu.cn) 
Duration: 
16 hours, Sept. 8  Sept. 29, 2009 
Schedule: 
Lecture 1 (3 hours): Tuesday, 3PM  6PM, Sept. 8 Lecture 2 (2 hours): Wednesday, 4PM  6PM, Sept. 9 Lecture 3 (3 hours): Tuesday, 3PM  6PM, Sept. 15 Lecture 4 (2 hours): Wednesday, 4PM  6PM, Sept. 16 Lecture 5 (3 hours): Monday, 3PM  6PM, Sept. 21 Lecture 6 (3 hours): Tuesday, 3PM  6PM, Sept. 29 
Venue: 
To be arranged 
Topics: 
The subject of the course is the distributed control of networked multiagent systems. Distributed control means that each agent has the same local strategy. The problem of distributed control of a network of autonomous agents is of growing interest in control and robotics because a system composed of many simple entities, each obeying the same rules of interaction, can display complex collective behaviors, which leads to a broad range of potential applications: planetary exploration, operation in hazardous environments, etc. The course is to present a coherent introduction to some fundamental problems in networked multiagent systems and to provide a selfcontained, broad exposition of the notions and mathematical tools from graph theory, nonnegative matrix theory, and nonsmooth analysis that are relevant in cooperative control problems.

Assessment: 
Grading homework assignments 
Organizer: 
Alessandro Giua 