On Separation of Distributed Estimation and Control for LTI Systems

Anthony J. Savas, Shinkyu Park, H. Vincent Poor, Naomi E. Leonard

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The separation principle in a centralized estimation and control problem gives us the flexibility to design a feedback controller independent of the state estimator. However, the same principle does not hold when the estimation and control are distributed over a network of agents. In this case, the estimator may need to be redesigned when the controller is revised, which can be computationally expensive. We investigate a weaker notion of the separation principle in the distributed estimation and control of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems. As a main contribution, applying the small-gain theorem, we characterize the notion using matrix inequalities and compute a set of feedback controllers that agents in the network can adopt without redesigning the estimator. We also analyze how the frequency of information exchange between neighboring agents affects the characterization. We illustrate our analytical results through simulations of a multi-vehicle system problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665467612
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Dec 6 2022Dec 9 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Conference61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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