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Spring 2010 GRASP Seminar – P. S. Krishnaprasad, University of Maryland, “Geometry of Cyclic Pursuit”

March 26, 2010 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Geometric methods in control theory have had a useful role in the investigation of problems of collective behavior. In this talk, we discuss recent progress in understanding nonlinear phenomena in small networks governed by feedback control laws that fall in the category of pursuit laws. Depending on the choice of pursuit law, it is possible to discern Hamiltonian and dissipative characteristics in the closed loop dynamics.


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Since receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University, P. S. Krishnaprasad has taught at Case Western Reserve University (1977-1980) and the University of Maryland (1980- present). His research interests are in control, signal processing, robotics, and connections of these subjects to biology. In recent work, he has concentrated on questions pertaining to collective behavior in nature and machines.


March 26, 2010
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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