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Kinetic Interaction Team (KIT) Announcement

Sparse Control of Large Groups

Mar 11 - 20, 2013

University of Rutgers-Camden
Department of Mathematical Sciences

311 N 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102 USA
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Recently, there is growing attention towards models representing social dynamics. Applications ranges from animal groups to social networks and markets. In a recent paper ( some of the participants developed control algorithms to induce flocking (or consensus) in cases were a centralized controller is allows to act on agents, but only in a sparse fashion, i.e. acting on a small number of agents.

The main aim of this working group is to discuss which are the most interesting research directions in the control of social dynamics of large groups of agents and possible techniques to tackle such problems.


1) Discuss relevant control problems for large group, in the spirit of sparse information. The latter may include: observability, invertibility, adaptive control and others.

2) Identify the interesting objective functions and the appropriate norms.

3) Determination of techniques to address relevant problems and significant applications.


Benedetto PiccoliUniversity of Rutgers-Camden, Department of Mathematical


Nawaf Bou RabeeRutgers University - Camden
Marco CaponigroCNAM, Paris
Massimo FornasierTechnical University of Munich
Ewa GirejkoBialystok University of Technology
Sébastien MotschUniversity of Maryland
Mahesh NerurkarRutgers Camden
Benedetto PiccoliUniversity of Rutgers-Camden
Benjamin ScharfTU Munich
Emmanuel TrelatUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie


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Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Rutgers-Camden
311 N 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102 USA