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Networked Systems with Incomplete Information

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Recently, networked systems have gradually become an active area of research due to their advantages in many aspects such as low cost, reduced weight and power requirements, and simple installation and maintenance, as well as high reliability. It is well known that the devices in networks are mutually connected via communication cables which are of limited capacity. Therefore, some new challenging issues have inevitably emerged, for example, network-induced time delay, data missing (also called packet dropout or missing measurement), and quantization effect, all of which should be taken into account in order to achieve the required performance of the NCSs. These issues are usually referred to as incomplete information.

Networked systems consist of large groups of cooperating dynamic systems which have made significant impact on a broad range of applications, including complex networks, mobile sensor networks, and genetic regulatory networks. To meet the application requirements, new analysis/synthesis paradigms are needed which must necessarily depart from classical centralized analysis/control strategies. In many of the applications envisaged, however, the highly distributed nature of the sensing and actuation modules of the networked systems have made it difficult to tackle the problems under the framework of traditional dynamical theory.

Networked systems with incomplete information (NSII) have already become an ideal research area for control engineer, mathematicians, and computer scientists to manage, analyze, interpret, and synthesize functional information from real-world networked systems. This special issue aims to bring together the latest approaches to understanding, estimating, and controlling NSII in a quantitative way. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Synchronization and control with incomplete information
  • Topology structure and dynamics with incomplete information
  • Stability analysis with incomplete information
  • Robustness and fragility with incomplete information
  • Applications in real-world networked systems

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aaa/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/aaa/nets/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 25 July 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 17 October 2014
Publication DateFriday, 12 December 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Zidong Wang, School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK

Guest Editors

  • Bo Shen, Institute for Automatic Control and Complex Systems, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
  • Hongli Dong, College of Electrical and Information Engineering, Northeast Petroleum University, Longfeng, China
  • Xiao He, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Jun Hu, Department of Mathematics, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin, China