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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 616289, 13 pages
Research Article

Synchronization of Coupled Networks with Uncertainties

1Division of Information, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331, China
2Department of Mathematics, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 401331, China

Received 25 September 2013; Accepted 5 November 2013

Academic Editor: Qiankun Song

Copyright © 2013 Yi Zuo and Xinsong Yang. 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.


Asymptotic synchronization for a class of coupled networks with nondelayed and delayed couplings is investigated. A distinct feature of the network is that all the dynamical nodes are affected by uncertain nonlinear nonidentical perturbations. In order to synchronize the network onto a given isolate trajectory, a novel adaptive controller is designed to overcome the effects of the nonidentical uncertain nonlinear perturbations. The designed controller has better robustness than classical adaptive controller, since it can realize the synchronization goal whether the nodes have these perturbations or not. Based on the Lyapunov stability theory and the Barbalat lemma, sufficient conditions guaranteeing the asymptotic synchronization of the coupled network are derived. Two examples with numerical simulations are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the theoretical results. Simulations also demonstrate that our adaptive controller has better robustness than existing ones.