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A PhD position is available in September 2013 at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse University (http://www.laas.fr).

Title: Hybrid Techniques for Analysis and Design of Limited Information Control Systems Duration: 09/2013 08/2016 Application Deadline: April 21, 2013 Subject: LimICos is an interdisciplinary project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) at the frontier of control theory, information theory, and digital communications. The objective of this project is to know to what extent controlled systems are impacted by imperfections due to communication between devices; the main part of the proposal is dedicated to the point-to-point scenario, which typically involves one controller and one plant in communication but the case of networked controlled system is also investigated. One of the main goals of LimICos is to model these imperfections (which imply information constraints on the system under consideration) and take them into account both in the performance analysis and design of the control systems. Although the literature on control contains some preliminary works into this direction, there is much space for innovation and disruptive concepts as advocated by the content of this project. Within the LimICos project, a PhD thesis is considered, which will use, within the scope of the project, Lyapunov techniques inspired by the hybrid dynamical systems framework presented in the book recently published by Andy Teel and co-authors. With these hybrid techniques, new modeling and control design tools are available, which are especially suited to address the continuous/discrete phenomena arising in control networks. In particular, the proposed PhD study will address event-triggered and self-triggered control designs that reduce bandwidth usage in communication networks, in combination with distributed control systems that arise in some specific control problems such as consensus of multi-agent systems and control of peculiar distributed physical systems. The expected outcome of this PhD study is a set of analysis and design tools that could be assessed on a few application studies, such as control applications in computer networks, or consensus/synchronization of drones in flight formations. In light of the envisioned applications, it will be relevant to take into account isolated nonlinearities (saturation, hysteresis, backlash) within the PhD study. Keywords: Lyapunov tools, hybrid dynamical systems, distributed control, consensus and synchronization, nonlinear systems Requirements: Master degree in Control Engineering. The applicant should have very good knowledge of feedback control systems, nonlinear systems, and robust control. Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK is needed. Experience with information theory will strengthen the application. Effective communication skills in English both oral and especially written are needed. The position is available in September 2013 for three years. The PhD student will be appointed by public funding with a salary of around 1400 Euros (free of charges). Candidates should apply before April 21st, 2013 by sending an email to Dr. Sophie Tarbouriech (tarbour@laas.fr) and Dr. Luca Zaccarian (zaccarian@laas.fr) with a CV summarizing university background and research experiences and with a motivation letter.