Talk of Prof. Maria Prandini

April 16, 2019

--- Titel: Distributed optimization over networks with application to energy systems

Time: April 16, 2019
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Prof. Maria Prandini
Department of Elctronics, Information and Bioengineering

Politecnico die Milano,Italy


Tuesday 2019-04-16 16:00
IST-Seminar-Room 2.255 - Pfaffenwaldring 9 - Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen



The well-functioning of our modern society rests on the reliable and uninterrupted operation of large scale complex infrastructures, which are more and more exhibiting a network structure with a high number of interacting components/agents. Energy and transportation systems, communication and social networks are a few, yet prominent, examples of such large scale multi-agent networked systems. Depending on the specific case, agents may act cooperatively to optimize the overall system performance or compete for shared resources. Based on the underlying communication architecture and the presence or not of a central regulation authority, either decentralized or distributed decision making paradigms are adopted.

In this seminar, we address the interacting and distributed nature of cooperative multi-agent systems arising in the energy  application domain. More specifically, we present our recent results on the development of a unifying distributed optimization framework to cope with the main complexity features that are prominent in such systems ,i.e.: heterogeneity, as we allow the agents to have different objectives and physical/technological constraints; privacy, as we do not require agents to disclose their local information; uncertainty, as we take into account uncertainty affecting the agents locally and/or globally; and combinatorial complexity, as we address the case of discrete decision variables.


Biographical Information

Maria Prandini received her laurea degree in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Milano (1994) and her Ph.D. degree in Information Technology from Università di Brescia (1998 In 2002, she became an assistant professor in systems and control at Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently a full professor.

She has been in the program committees of several international conferences, co-chair of HSCC 2018, and she has been appointed program chair of IEEE CDC 2021. She serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Network Systems, and previously for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and Nonlinear Analysis Hybrid Systems.  She was editor for the CSS Electronic Publications (2013-15), elected member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors (2015-17), and IEEE CSS Vice-President for Conference Activities (2016-17). She is senior member of the IEEE.

Her research interests include stochastic hybrid systems, randomized algorithms, distributed and data-based optimization, multi-agent systems, and the application of control theory to transportation and energy systems.






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