Hierarchical Control of Networks and Applications to Traffic Management
Abstract: Hierarchical architectures are crucial for efficient control of networks. Traffic management, for example, involves control at the network, road link, and vehicle level. This talk will present an integrated approach to control at each level using system-theoretic tools, with application examples from traffic management. Theoretical tools include abstractions to aggregate lower-level dynamics and population games to account for users’ strategic choices. We illustrate the use of abstractions on autonomous driving at vehicle level and reactive signaling at road link level. We employ population games at the network level, to guide city planning and emergency response, e.g., for placement of electric vehicle charging stations and routing in evacuations.
Biography: Murat Arcak is a Professor at UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000. He won a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003, the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 2006, the Control and Systems Theory Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2007, and the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2014. He is a fellow of IEEE and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).