Networked Dynamical Systems Group

5 Networked Agents 

The Networked Dynamical Systems Group at the University of California, Berkeley develops design and analysis techniques for desirable dynamical behaviors of networks and applies them to multi-agent systems and biological networks. The key challenges in this endeavor are the complexity and size of the models describing networked systems, and the uncertainty and heterogeneity of the components. To overcome these challenges, our approach is to heavily exploit the structure of the network interconnection, while representing the components with a broad description of their essential properties that are relevant to the ensemble behavior. Structure indeed plays a major role in shaping the network dynamics. Analysis tools that recognize and take advantage of structure avoid undue conservatism in predicting dynamical properties. Likewise, feedback designs that exploit structure work in harmony with inherent system properties rather than override them.

Research Opportunities Available

The Arkin, Arcak and Maharbiz labs are interested in developing theories and technologies (genetic, epigenetic and abiotic) to explore the engineering of synthetic multicellular ensembles. If interested in postdoc opportunities, graduate rotations or undergrad research, please contact any of the three PI's. This blurb is cross-listed at all three labs.

Recently Published Book
Cooperate Control Design

H. Bai, M. Arcak, and J. Wen, Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach, Communications and Control Engineering, New York: Springer, 2011.

Selected Recent Publications