Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Systems for Estimating and Controlling Large-Scale Distributed Parameter Environments

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A position for one masters student is opened within the project 16-25493Y: Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Systems for Estimating and Controlling Large-Scale Distributed Parameter Environments. This position includes a salary up to 0.5 of the full-time.

The project deals with distributed actuation and sensing of realistic environments. Distributed multi-agent systems are an active field of research while their practical applications involve cooperatively solving tasks that are beyond the limited capabilities of any single-agent. Environments on the other hand are large-scale complicated systems, mostly described by distributed parameters. Taking the present-day concerns with environmental impacts of various industries and related human activities, developing versatile, robust, flexible systems that can monitor and control large-scale environments is of great interest.

One special instance is environments described by diffusion equations. Diffusion equation are ubiquitous, they model the conduction of heat, chemical reactions and diffusions, advection processes in the atmosphere, pollutant concentration, nuclear reactor statics and dynamics, to name just a few examples from sciences and technology. In our laboratory, we currently plan to tackle the heat diffusion systems. The work task planned for the offered position is the development of a distributed heating test-bed. Hardware is mostly available at the present, the test bed consisting of an aluminum rod and a set of heating elements. What requires to be done is an interface between the heating elements (transistors) together with their control circuitry and some data acquisition system that would allow experiments to be carried out with an aid of a computer. This being mostly a practical assignment, students applying for the position should have some prior experience in electronics and practical circuit design.

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Kristian Hengster...