Monday, February 8th, 2016 4pm-5pm Burnside 1205
Duke University
Distributed Optimization for Networked Systems

We witness a growing interest in distributed multi-agent systems. The Internet, electric power systems, mobile communication networks, and social networks are just a few examples of the myriad network systems that have become a part of everyday life for many people. Lots of interesting optimization problems arise in such network systems. The agents on these networks are geographically distributed, so there is no data fusion center that can see the problem as a whole, gather the information globally, or synchronize actions. Furthermore, the network agents might have varying restrictions on energy, data storage and computational capabilities. In this talk, I will present efficient static and online decentralized optimization algorithms for such systems that allow the network agents to achieve provable consensus to the global optimum. Applications of the algorithms in various engineering disciplines will be discussed as well.

Winter 2016 Schedule