Stabilization of uncertain systems with finite data rates and markovian packet losses

Kunihisa Okano, Hideaki Ishii

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This paper studies stabilization of uncertain systems via data-rate-limited and lossy communication channels. We consider linear systems where the parameters are given as intervals and the exact values are unavailable. Communication between the plant and the controller is restricted in the sense that transmitted signals should be represented in finite bits and may be randomly lost. While most of the existing works assume that the loss process is independent and identically distributed, we model it as a two-state Markov chain, which can deal with more practical situations including bursty dropouts. The central question investigated is how large the data rate, the loss probabilities, and the uncertainty bounds should be to make the system stable. We derive a necessary condition and a sufficient condition for stability. The conditions provide limitations characterized by the product of the eigenvalues of the nominal plant. In particular, for scalar plants, the conditions coincide with each other. Furthermore, we introduce a nonuniform quantizer, whose quantization cells are designed to minimize the effect of the uncertainty on state estimation. The quantizer can reduce the required data rate compared with the conventional uniform one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6853324
Pages (from-to)298-307
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Data-rate limitations
  • networked control systems
  • packet losses
  • uncertain systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Optimization


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