Collaboration between interconnected cyber-physical systems is becoming increasingly pervasive. Time-delays in communication channels between such systems are known to induce catastrophic failure modes, like high frequency oscillations in robotic manipulators in bilateral teleoperation or string instability in platoons of autonomous vehicles. This paper considers nonlinear time-delay systems representing coupled robotic agents, and proposes controllers that are robust to time-varying communication delays. We introduce approximations that allow the delays to be considered as implicit control inputs themselves, and formulate the problem as a zero-sum differential game between the stabilizing controllers and the delays acting adversarially. The ensuing optimal control law is finally compared to known results from Lyapunov-Krasovskii based approaches via numerical experiments.
- Pub Date:
- September 2021
- Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Systems and Control;
- Computer Science - Robotics;
- Mathematics - Dynamical Systems;
- 7 pages, 5 figures, Submitted to IEEE Control Systems Letters