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[Dissertation Talk] How should controllers communicate with each other?

Seminar: Departmental | May 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

Se Yong Park, UC Berkeley


In the last century, centralized control theory was very successful. However, as modern
systems scale, individual subsystems start to interact with each other and form one complex distributed
control system. Unfortunately, most of the fundamental problems in distributed control theory have
been wide open for decades. In this state of the art, one can ask “are we just missing mathematical tools
to analyze distributed control problems, or are we missing philosophical insights into them?” In this talk,
we explore information theory as a philosophical missing block in decentralized control theory, which
reveals surprising parallelisms between decentralized control and wireless communication theory. Going
one step further, we will see hints for the unification of control and communication theory through the
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