9 December 2014

Call for papers: "Coordinated Control of Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Automation and Logistics.

In the past few years, coordinated control of multi-agent systems has received a great deal of attention from various scientific communities ranging from mathematics to control engineering and even to biology. Much of the research in this context has examined how globally coordinated group behaviour emerges as a result of local information exchange among individuals. Experimental results indicate that many engineering benefits can be yielded through coordinated behaviours in practical multi-gent systems by carefully implementing designed control protocols. However, in a typical multi-agent system, each agent may only have limited computational and sensing ability. Thus, the distributed control approach has obvious advantages over centralised ones in coordinating multi-agent systems.

The main focus of this special issue will be on new approaches for coordination analysis and synthesis in multi-agent systems, as well as their potential applications in networked engineering systems. The issue will be an international forum for researchers in applied mathematics, control theory and electrical engineering to present the most recent developments and emerging ideas on coordinated control of multi-agent systems and its engineering applications. This issue intends to present the following research trends:

  • Bridging the gap between multi-agent systems theory and practical engineering applications, e.g. potential use of consensus algorithms in smart grids and sensor networks
  • Exploring new distributed coordination protocols for multi-agent systems

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Consensus and flocking of multi-agent systems
  • Synchronisation of complex dynamical networks
  • Modelling and optimisation of networked agent systems
  • Distributed filter design of large-scale sensor networks
  • Event-triggered coordination
  • Distributed diagnosis and fault-tolerant control
  • Distributed adaptive control
  • Analysis and synthesis of smart grids
  • Distributed predictive control of networked multi-agent systems

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2015

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