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Fall 2009 GRASP Seminar: Jeff Shamma, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Stochastic Stability in Controlled Self Organizing Systems”

December 4, 2009 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Self organizing systems involve a collection of
dynamically interacting components such that the individual rules of
interaction among components result in an interesting collective
configuration. In controlled self organizing systems, the objective is
to *design* rules that provably lead towards desirable configurations.
An important concept in such systems is stochastic stability. In
contrast to deterministic convergence, stochastic stability
characterizes the most likely set of collective configurations under
perpetual random evolution. This talk presents an approach to
controlled self organization from the perspective of game theoretic
learning. In particular, the talk presents a collection of interaction
rules and accompanying stochastic stability analysis for i) distributed
adaptation and cooperative control under constrained evolution and ii)
self assembly under constrained communication.


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Jeff Shamma’s general research interest is feedback control and systems
theory. He received a BS from Georgia Tech in 1983 and a PhD from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988, both in Mechanical
Engineering. He has held faculty positions at the University of
Minnesota, the University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. He also held
visiting positions at MIT and Caltech. Jeff returned to Georgia Tech in
2007, where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and Julian T. Hightower Chair of Systems and Controls.


December 4, 2009
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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