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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2012, Article ID 101426, 21 pages
Research Article

Exponential Stabilization of Neutral-Type Neural Networks with Interval Nondifferentiable and Distributed Time-Varying Delays

W. Weera1,2 and P. Niamsup1,2

1Department of Mathematics, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
2Center of Excellence in Mathematics CHE, Si Ayutthaya Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Received 18 September 2011; Revised 7 December 2011; Accepted 8 December 2011

Academic Editor: Ferhan M. Atici

Copyright © 2012 W. Weera and P. Niamsup. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The problem of exponential stabilization of neutral-type neural networks with various activation functions and interval nondifferentiable and distributed time-varying delays is considered. The interval time-varying delay function is not required to be differentiable. By employing new and improved Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional combined with Leibniz-Newton’s formula, the stabilizability criteria are formulated in terms of a linear matrix inequalities. Numerical examples are given to illustrate and show the effectiveness of the obtained results.

1. Introduction

In recent years, there have been great attentions on the stability analysis of neural networks due to its real world application to various systems such as signal processing, pattern recognition, content-addressable memory, and optimization [15]. In performing a periodicity or stability analysis of a neural network, the conditions to be imposed on the neural network are determined by the characteristics of various activation functions and network parameters. When neural networks are designed for problem solving, it is desirable that their activation functions are not too restrictive, [3, 6, 7]. It is known that time delays cannot be avoided in the hardware implementation of neural networks due to the finite switching speed of amplifies in electronic neural networks or the finite signal propagation time in biological networks. The existence of time delays may result in instability or oscillation of a neural network. Therefore, many researchers have focused on the study of stability analysis of delayed neural networks with various activation functions with more general conditions during the last decades [2, 811].

The stability criteria for system with time delays can be classified into two categories: delay independent and delay dependent. Delay-independent criteria do not employ any information on the size of the delay; while delay-dependent criteria make use of such information at different levels. Delay-dependent stability conditions are generally less conservative than delay-independent ones especially when the delay is small. In many situations, time delays are time-varying continuous functions which vary from 0 to a given upper bound. In addition, the range of time delays may vary in a range for which the lower bound is not restricted to be 0; in which case time delays are called interval time-varying delay. A typical example with interval time delay is the networked control system, which has been widely studied in the recent literature (see, e.g., [2, 1114]). Therefore, it is of great significance to investigate the stability of system with interval time-varying delay. Another important type of time delay is distributed delay where stability analysis of neural networks with distributed delayed has been studied extensively recently, see [2, 5, 811, 1517].

It is know that exponential stability is more important than asymptotic stability since it provides information on convergence rate of solutions of systems to equilibrium points. It is particularly important for neural networks where the exponential convergence rate is used to determine the speed of neural computations. Therefore, it is important to determine the exponential stability and to estimate the exponential convergence rate for delayed neural networks. Consequently, many researchers have considered the exponential stability analysis problem for delayed neural networks and several results on this topic that have been reported in the literatures [3, 9, 13, 14, 17].

In practical control designs, due to systems uncertainty, failure modes, or systems with various modes of operation, the simultaneous stabilization problem has often to be taken into account. The problem is concerned with designing a single controller which can simultaneously stabilize a set of systems. Recently, the exponential stability and stabilization problems for time-delay systems have been studied by many researchers, see [8, 12, 18, 19]. Among the usual approach, there are many results on the stabilization problem of neural networks being reported in the literature (see [2, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21]). In [21], robust stabilization criterion are provided via designing a memoryless state feedback controller for the time-delay dynamical neural networks with nonlinear perturbation. However, time-delay is required to be constant. In [16], global robust stabilizing control are presented for neural network with time-varying delay with the lower bound restricted to be 0. For neural network with interval time-varying delay, global stability analysis is considered with control input in [2, 9, 12]. Nonetheless, in most studies, the time-varying delays are required to be differentiable [2, 9, 15, 16]. Therefore, their methods have a conservatism which can be improved upon.

It is noted that these stability conditions are either with testing difficulty or with conservatism to some extent. It is natural and important that systems will contain some information about the derivative of the past state to further describe and model the dynamics for such complex neural reactions. Such systems are called neutral-type systems in which the systems contain both state delay as well as state derivative delay, so called neutral delay. The phenomena on neutral delay often appears in the study of heat exchanges, distributed networks containing lossless transmission lines, partial element equivalent circuits and population ecology are examples of neutral systems see [1, 10, 11, 22, 23] and references cited therein.

Based on the above discussions, we consider the problem of exponential stabilization of neutral-type neural networks with interval and distributed time-varying delays. There are various activation functions which are considered in the system and the restriction on differentiability of interval time-varying delays is removed, which means that a fast interval time-varying delay is allowed. Based on the construction of improved Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals combined with Liebniz-Newton's formula and some appropriate estimation of integral terms, new delay-dependent sufficient conditions for the exponential stabilization of the system are derived in terms of LMIs without introducing any free-weighting matrices. The new stability conditions are much less conservative and more general than some existing results. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness and less conservativeness of our theoretical results. To the best of our knowledge, our results are among the first on investigation of exponential stabilization for neutral-type neural networks with discrete, neutral, and distributed delays.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we give notations, definitions, propositions, and lemmas which will be used in the proof of the main results. Delay-dependent sufficient conditions for the exponential stabilization of neutral-type neural networks with various activation functions, interval and distributed time-varying delays, and designs of memoryless feedback controls are presented in Section 3. Numerical examples illustrated the obtained results are given in Section 4. The paper ends with conclusions in Section 5 and cited references.

2. Preliminaries

The following notation will be used in this paper: denotes the set of all real nonnegative numbers; denotes the -dimensional space and the vector norm ; denotes the space of all matrices of -dimensions.

denotes the transpose of matrix ; is symmetric if ; denotes the identity matrix; denotes the set of all eigenvalues of ; .

denotes the set of all -valued continuous functions on ; denotes the set of all the -valued square integrable functions on .

Matrix is called semi-positive definite if , for all is positive definite if for all means . The symmetric term in a matrix is denoted by .

Consider the following neural networks with mixed time-varying delays and control input where is the state of the neural networks, is the control, is the number of neurals, and are the activation functions, represents the self-feedback term and denote the connection weights, the discretely delayed connection weights, and the distributively delayed connection weight, respectively. In this paper, we consider various activation functions and assume that the activation functions are Lipschitzian with the Lipschitz constants The time-varying delay functions satisfy the condition It is worth noting that the time delay is assumed to be a continuous function belonging to a given interval, which means that the lower and upper bounds for the time-varying delay are available, but the delay function is bounded but not restricted to being zero. The initial functions , with the norm The uncertainties satisfy the following condition: where are given constant matrices with appropriate dimensions, are unknown, real matrices with Lebesgue measurable elements satisfying

Definition 2.1. The zero solution of system (2.8) is exponentially stabilizable if there exists a feedback control such that the resulting closed-loop system is -stable.

Definition 2.2. Given . The zero solution of system (2.1) with is -stable if there exists a positive number such that every solution satisfies the following condition:

We introduce the following technical well-known propositions and lemma, which will be used in the proof of our results.

Proposition 2.3 (Cauchy inequality). For any symmetric positive definite matrix and one has

Proposition 2.4 (see [24]). For any symmetric positive definite matrix , scalar and vector function such that the integrations concerned are well defined, the following inequality holds:

Proposition 2.5 ([24, Schur complement lemma]). Given constant symmetric matrices with appropriate dimensions satisfying . Then if and only if

Lemma 2.6 (see [25]). Given matrices , and with appropriate dimensions. Then for all satisfying , if and only if there exists an such that

3. Main Results

3.1. Exponential Stabilization for Nominal Interval Time-Varying Delay Systems

The nominal system is given by First, we present a delay-dependent exponential stabilizability analysis conditions for the given nominal interval time-varying delay system (3.1) with . Let us set

Assumption 3.1. All the eigenvalues of matrix are inside the unit circle.

Theorem 3.2. Given . The system (3.1) is -exponentially stabilizable if there exist symmetric positive definite matrices , three diagonal matrices such that the following LMI holds: where Moreover, the memoryless feedback control is and the solution of the system satisfies

Proof. Let . Using the feedback control (3.9) we consider the following Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional: where It easy to check that Taking the derivative of along the solution of system (3.1) we have Using the condition (2.3) and since the matrices are diagonal, we have and using (2.3) and the Proposition (2.3) for the following estimations: Applying Proposition 2.4 and the Leibniz-Newton formula, we have Note that Using Proposition 2.4 gives Let . Then Therefore from (3.20)–(3.23), we obtain By using the following identity relation: we have By using Propositions 2.3 and 2.4, we have From (3.15)–(3.29), we obtain where Since , is a convex combination of and . Therefore, is equivalent to and . Applying Schur complement lemma Proposition 2.5, the inequalities and are equivalent to and , respectively. Thus, it follows from (3.3)–(3.6) and (3.30), we obtain Integrating both sides of (3.32) from 0 to , we obtain Furthermore, taking condition (3.13) into account, we have then Therefore, nominal system (3.1) is -exponentially stabilizable. The proof is completed.

3.2. Exponential Stabilization for Interval Time-Varying Delay Systems

Based on Theorem 3.2, we derive robustly -exponential stabilizability conditions of uncertain linear control systems with interval time-varying delay (2.1) in terms of LMIs.

Theorem 3.3. Given . The system (2.1) is -exponentially stabilizable if there exist symmetric positive definite matrices , three diagonal matrices and such that the following LMI holds: where

Proof. Choose Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional as in (3.11) but change to , we may proof the Theorem by using a similar argument as in the proof of Theorem 3.2. By replacing , and with , and , respectively. We have the following: Applying Proposition 2.3 and Lemma 2.6, the following estimations hold:

Remark 3.4. In [10, 13, 14], exponential stability of neutral-type neural networks with time-varying delays were investigated. However, the distributed delays have not been considered. Stability conditions in [13, 2628] are not applicable to our work, since we consider more activation functions than them. Therefore, our stability conditions are less conservative than some other existing results.

Remark 3.5. In this paper, the restriction that the state delay is differentiable is not required which allows the state delay to be fast time-varying. Meanwhile, this restriction is required in some existing result, see [13, 14, 2628].

4. Numerical Examples

In this section, we now provide an example to show the effectiveness of the result in Theorem 3.2.

Example 4.1. Consider the neural networks with interval time-varying delay and control input with the following parameters: where It is worth noting that, the delay functions . Therefore, the methods used in [2, 9] are not applicable to this system. We have . Given and any initial function . Using the Matlab LMI toolbox, we obtain Thus, the system (4.1) is 0.2-exponentially stabilizable and the value , so the solution of the closed-loop system satisfies

Example 4.2. Consider the neural networks with mixed interval time-varying delays and control input with the following parameters: where