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Multi-Agent Systems with Fault and Security Constraints
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
2009 (English)Student paper other, 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Over the last few years, a change in one of the classical paradigms in Control Systems has been happening. Partially due to the increase of the computational power, there exists now the possibility of having intelligent sensors and actuators which may take actions in a distributed fashion. This way, there is no longer the need for a centralized controller or data fusion station, which is really well suited for Networked Control Systems. This led the way to the development of distributed control and sensor fusion frameworks and there is still a a great amount of research to be done in this field.

Since there is no longer a central station containing all the information but instead there are several distinct agents controlling or monitoring the system, communication between these agents is now necessary. Thus one important aspect in these kind of systems is security, regarding not only the communications between agents but also a possible malfunction of one or several agents. The scope of this thesis is to study methods to detect possible misbehaviors and security breaches in the communications between agents from a control theoretical perspective. In this sense, a specific kind of distributed controller - the consensus problem - will be analyzed under the effect of faults and communication attacks. A Fault Detection and Isolation method will be used in order to detect these events using only the local information available. An example regarding power systems will also be given, where a decentralized state estimator is used in order to detect faults within an area, requiring only local information.

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2009. , 81 p.
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Control Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-106224OAI: diva2:573327
Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2012-12-03Bibliographically approved

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