Stochastic Adventures in Systems and Controls

Date(s):

Location:
Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Jacobs School of Engineering, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, California 92093

Sponsored By:
Stefanie Battaglia

Speaker(s):
Behrouz Touri
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado
 Behrouz Touri

Abstract:

In this talk, we visit two systems and controls problems with stochastic components. The first problem relates to the control of safety critical autonomous systems. We provide a necessary and sufficient reachability result for an open and bounded safety set. In particular, we show that a stochastic system is controllable if and only if the expected system is controllable.

The second problem relates to control of large networked systems. We prove that a conjecture of Chris Godsil on controllability of graphs is true. The conjecture asserts that the number of binary symmetric matrices A that are controllable with all-one vector to the total number of binary matrices approaches one as the dimension of A approaches infinity. We also provide a result on universality of minimal controllability of networked systems

Speaker Bio:
BEHROUZ TOURI is an Assistant Professor of the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran in 2006, his M.Sc. degree in Communications, Systems, Electronics from Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany in 2008, and his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the ECE departments of the University of Illinois and Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include applied probability theory, distributed optimization, control and estimation, population dynamics, and evolutionary game theory. He is a recipient of AFOSR 2016 Young Investigator Award for his work on structural approach to distributed optimization.

Contact:
Stefanie Battaglia
Executive Assistant to the Department Chair
Jacobs Hall, EBU1, 2nd Floor, Room 2803
sbattaglia@ucsd.edu | Ph: (858) 534-7013