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Journal of Control Science and Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 698546, 11 pages
Research Article

Distributed Event-Triggered Control of Multiagent Systems with General Linear Dynamics

College of Electrical and Information Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China

Received 18 January 2014; Revised 31 March 2014; Accepted 31 March 2014; Published 26 May 2014

Academic Editor: Zoltan Szabo

Copyright © 2014 Xieyan Zhang and Jing Zhang. 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.


This paper discusses the event-triggered consensus problem of multiagent systems. To investigate distributed event-triggering strategies applied to general linear dynamics, we employ a dynamic controller to convert the general linear dynamic to the single-integrator model by a change of variable. The consensus value of these new states is a constant so that the distributed event-triggering scheme is obtained under periodic event detections, in which agents with general linear dynamics require knowledge only of the relative states with their neighbors. Further, an event-triggered observer is proposed to address the case that only relative output information is available. Hence, the consensus of both the state-based and observer-based cases is achieved by the distributed event-triggered dynamic controller. Finally, numerical simulations are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of theoretical results.