Distributed edge event-triggered consensus protocol of multi-agent systems with communication buffer

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-496
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Issue number3
Online published14 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


This paper proposes a distributed edge event-triggered (DEET) scheme of multi-agent systems via a communication buffer to reduce unnecessary update of controllers induced by fast information transmission. This edge scheme avoids a synchronous phenomenon in node event-triggered mechanism, in which the triggering of one agent activates information transmission of all edges linked with this agent. Hence, the node event-triggered scheme leads to unnecessary update of control protocols while the DEET provides a new approach without constrains on synchronous phenomenon of edge information exchange. That is, the communication on each edge is independent with other edges. In addition, we investigate another case where edge information transmission is subject to quantization and a quantized edge event-triggered control protocol is proposed. Note that such a quantized protocol guarantees asymptotical consensus instead of bounded consensus in most of the existing literature. Meanwhile, both DEET and quantized edge event-triggered schemes have nontrivial properties of excluding Zeno behavior. Furthermore, an algorithm is provided to avoid continuous event detection; hence, the communication traffic of the whole network is reduced significantly. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • distributed consensus protocol, edge event-triggered, multi-agent system, quantization