Wireless network design for distributed control

Xiangheng Liu, Andrea Goldsmith

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We present a cross-layer framework for the joint design of wireless networks and distributed controllers. The design objective is to optimize the control performance. This control performance is a complex function of the network parameters, such as throughput, packet delay and packet loss probabilities. The goal of optimizing the control performance imposes implicit tradeoffs on the wireless network design as opposed to the explicit tradeoffs typical in wireless data and voice applications. Specifically, the tradeoffs between network throughput, time delay and packet loss probability are intricate and implicit in the control performance index, which complicates network optimization. We show that this optimization requires a cross-layer design framework. We first present this framework for a broad class of distributed control applications. We then illustrate this framework by a cross-layer optimization of the link layer, MAC layer, and sample period selection in an inverted pendulum system. Our results indicate that cross-layer design significantly improves the performance and stability of the controller.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberThA03.1
Pages (from-to)2823-2829
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) - Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: Dec 14 2004Dec 17 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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