Special Issue "Recent Advances in the Control of Complex Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Systems & Control Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Boris Andrievsky
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Institute for Problems of Mechanical Engineering, Control of Complex Systems Lab., V.O., Bolshoy, 61, 199178 St. Petersburg, Russia
Interests: adaptive and variable structure control; control of oscillations; applications to control in aerospace; control of mechanical systems and signal processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is devoted to current trends in the control of complex systems, including, but not limited to, the following topics.

  1. Control of production and economic systems, covering financial and transport networks. Modern transnational production systems are distinguished by their global geographic location. At the same time, the production process in each production unit of the system should proceed without interruption with raw materials and components, and the level of automation in each unit should ensure the exchange of information and interaction of measuring and executive devices via wired and wireless communication channels to ensure the stability and accuracy of the equipment. The solution of such problems is complicated by the heterogeneity of the mathematical models of production and exchange processes, as well as by the large, or even huge, volumes of the arising data arrays.
  2. Control of groups of ground, air, and sea vehicles. The recent active development of UAVs has opened up new opportunities, such as joint cargo carrying, construction of structures by robot teams, self-assembly of structures in the air, etc. New control methods should be developed with control objectives corresponding to different types of behavior among the "team" of robots. The tasks of air traffic dispatch control are also of practical importance, the solution of which is complicated by the growth of the "population" of the airspace, especially near large cities and airports.
  3. An important class of complex systems are electrical networks, consisting of a large number of generators (power plants), connected by power lines. The main goal of control is to achieve and maintain the stable synchronous operation of generators under conditions of variable load and nodal disturbances.
  4. Control of ecological systems in order to preserve the stable existence of populations, protecting them from extinction, and to facilitate the growth and preservation of the number of species within the established limits. In such systems, it is advisable to move from traditional forms of setting management goals (regulation and tracking) to more “soft” ones, such as partial stabilization—for example, the regulation of any function of the state of the ecosystem, which is an invariant of a free system’s behavior.
  5. Neural networks formed from human or animal nerve cells associated with the consequences of electrical or biochemical interactions give a very informative example of complex systems. The dynamics of these networks are so complex that at first glance, mathematical methods for controlling neural networks are inapplicable. However, such fears are refuted by such innovations as neuro-response, which originated in recent years in neuroscience and has undergone rapid development.
  6. The new developing area of molecular systems and nanosystems deserves a special mention, including the control of quantum networks, in which nodes are carriers of quantum information.

Prof. Dr. Boris Andrievsky
Guest Editor

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  • control
  • complex systems
  • networks
  • groups of vehicles
  • production systems
  • electrical networks
  • ecological systems
  • neural networks

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Chaos Suppressing in a Three-Buses Power System Using an Adaptive Synergetic Control Method
Electronics 2021, 10(13), 1532; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10131532 - 24 Jun 2021
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The stability of the power system is a critical issue for the reliable and safe operation of the network. Where maintaining voltage levels constant or within the prescribed permissible limit and robustness against disturbances, while the power system is working near its stability [...] Read more.
The stability of the power system is a critical issue for the reliable and safe operation of the network. Where maintaining voltage levels constant or within the prescribed permissible limit and robustness against disturbances, while the power system is working near its stability margin due to growth of power consumption, nowadays are great challenges. Chaotic oscillation in power network may lead to system bus voltage collapse, angle divergence and possibly both phenomena simultaneously. These cases directly affect the service quality of the power system. The paper presents the problem of chaos suppressing in a three-bus power system of a six-dimensional model. The dynamics of the power system are investigated through examining the nonlinear system’s behavior analysis tools, such as power spectral density, bicoherence, Poincaré map and the Lyapunov exponents. The chaotic oscillation of the power system is suppressed through a Lyapunov-based adaptive algorithm with synergetic control theory. A nonlinear evolution constraint is used for achieving better transient responses and fast dynamics. The dynamics of the energy storage device and STATCOM compensator are employed within the control loop to restore the synchronous operation and maintain the rated voltage, respectively. Numerical simulations are conducted to verify the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed control algorithm. The stabilization of the chaotic power system dynamics and the fast recovery to the normal state are characterized by a smooth and free-of-chattering controller output. Full article
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