S³ seminar : Fourier transforms of polytopes and their role in Number Theory and Combinatorics

Séminaire le 21 Décembre 2017, 11h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Sinai Robins, (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil and Brown University, Providence, USA)


We introduce the topic of the Fourier transform of a Euclidean polytope, first by examples and then by more general formulations.  Then we point out how we can use this transform (and the frequency space) to analyze the following problems:
1.  Compute lattice point enumeration formulas for polytopes
2.  Relate the transforms of polytopes to tilings of Euclidean space by translations of a polytope

We will give a flavor of how such applications arise, and we point to some conjectures and applications.

S³ seminar : On the polynomial part of a restricted partition function

Séminaire le 21 Décembre 2017, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Karl Dilcher, (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)


We prove an explicit formula for the polynomial part of a restricted
partition function, also known as the first Sylvester wave. This is achieved by way of some identities for higher-order Bernoulli polynomials, one of which is analogous to Raabe's well-known multiplication formula for the ordinary Bernoulli polynomials. As a consequence of our main result we obtain an asymptotic expression of the first Sylvester wave as the coefficients of the restricted partition grow arbitrarily large.
(Joint work with Christophe Vignat).

S³ seminar : Non-negative orthogonal greedy algorithms for sparse approximation

Séminaire le 8 Décembre 2017, 10h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Thanh NGUYEN (CRAN, L2S)


Sparse approximation under non-negativity constraints naturally arises in several applications. Many sparse solvers can be directly extended to the non-negative setting. It is not the case of Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (OMP), a well-known sparse solver, which gradually updates the sparse solution support by selecting a new dictionary atom at each iteration. When dealing with non-negative constraints, the orthogonal projection computed at each OMP iteration is replaced by a non-negative least-squares (NNLS) subproblem whose solution is not explicit. Therefore, the usual recursive (fast) implementations of OMP do not apply. A Non-negative version of OMP (NNOMP) was proposed in the recent literature together with several variations. In my talk, I will first recall the principle of greedy algorithms, in particular NNOMP, and then, I will introduce our proposed improvements, based on the use of the active-set algorithm to address the NNLS subproblems. The structure of the active-set algorithm is indeed intrisically greedy. Moreover, the active-set algorithm can be called with a warm start, allowing us to fastly solve the NNLS subproblems. (Joint work with Charles Soussen (L2S), Jérôme Idier (LS2N), and El-Hadi Djermoune (CRAN).)

Séminaire d'Automatique du Plateau de Saclay : Necessary and sufficient condition for exponential synchronization of nonlinear systems

Séminaire le 30 Novembre 2017, 11h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Vincent Andrieu (CNRS Researcher, LAGEP-CNRS, Université de Lyon 1, France)


Based on recent works on transverse exponential stability, some necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a (locally) exponential synchronizer are established. We show that the existence of a structured synchronizer is equivalent to the existence of a stabilizer for the individual linearized systems (on the synchronization manifold) by a linear state feedback. This, in turns, is also equivalent to the existence of a symmetric covariant tensor field which satisfies a kind of Lyapunov inequality. Based on this property, we provide the construction of such synchronizer. We discuss then the possibility to achieve global synchronization.

Bio. Vincent Andrieu graduated in applied mathematics from “INSA de Rouen”, France, in 2001. After working in ONERA (French aerospace research company), he obtained a PhD degree from “Ecole des Mines de Paris” in 2005. In 2006, he had a research appointment at the Control and Power Group, Dept. EEE, Imperial College London. In 2008, he joined the CNRS-LAAS lab in Toulouse, France, as a “CNRS-chargé de recherche”. Since 2010, he has been working in LAGEP-CNRS, Université de Lyon 1, France. In 2014, he joined the functional analysis group from Bergische Universitäte Wuppertal in Germany, for two sabbatical years. His main research interests are in the feedback stabilization of controlled dynamical nonlinear systems and state estimation problems. He is also interested in practical application of these theoretical problems, and especially in the field of aeronautics and chemical engineering.

Séminaire d'Automatique du Plateau de Saclay : Observer design for nonlinear systems

Séminaire le 30 Novembre 2017, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Pauline Bernard (PhD, PSL Reserch University, Systems and Control Center, MINES ParisTech)


Unlike for linear systems, no systematic method exists for the design of observers for nonlinear systems. However, observer design may be more or less straightforward depending on the coordinates we choose to express the system dynamics. In particular, some specific structures, called normal forms, have been identified for allowing a direct and easier observer construction. It follows that a common way of addressing the problem consists in looking for a reversible change of coordinates transforming the expression of the system dynamics into one of those normal forms, design an observer in those coordinates, and finally deduce an estimate of the system state in the initial coordinates via inversion of the transformation. This talk gives contributions to each of those three steps.
First, we show the interest of a new triangular normal form with continuous (non-Lipschitz) nonlinearities. Indeed, we have noticed that systems which are observable for any input but with an order of differential observability larger than the system dimension, may not be transformable into the standard Lipschitz triangular form, but rather into an "only  continuous" triangular form. In this case, the famous high gain observer no longer is sufficient, and we propose to use  homogeneous observers instead.
Another canonical form of interest is the Hurwitz linear form which admits a trivial observer. The question of transforming a nonlinear system into such a form has only been addressed for autonomous systems with the so-called Lunberger or Kazantzis-Kravaris observers. This design consists in solving a PDE and we show here how it can be extended to time-varying/controlled systems.
As for the inversion of the transformation, this step is far from trivial in practice, in particular when the domain and image spaces have different dimensions. When no explicit expression for a global inverse is available, numerical inversion usually relies on the resolution of a minimization problem with a heavy computational cost. That is why we have developed a method to avoid the explicit inversion of the transformation by bringing the observer dynamics (expressed in the canonical form coordinates) back into the initial system coordinates. This is done by dynamic extension, i.e. by adding some new coordinates to the system and transforming an injective immersion into a surjective diffeomorphism.

Bio. Pauline Bernard graduated from MINES ParisTech in 2014 with a Master degree in Applied Mathematics and Automatic Control. In 2017, she obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics and Automatic Control at PSL Reserch University, prepared at the Systems and Control Center, MINES ParisTech under the supervision of Laurent Praly and Vincent Andrieu.

Séminaire d’Automatique du plateau de Saclay : Stability analysis of discrete-time infinite-horizon control with discounted cost.

Séminaire le 27 Novembre 2017, 15h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Romain Postoyan (CNRS researcher, Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy)


We analyse the stability of general nonlinear discrete-time systems controlled by an optimal sequence of inputs that minimizes an infinite-horizon discounted cost. First, assumptions related to the controllability of the system and its detectability with respect to the stage cost are made. Uniform semiglobal and practical stability of the closed-loop system is then established, where the adjustable parameter is the discount factor. Stronger stability properties are thereupon guaranteed by gradually strengthening the assumptions. Next, we show that the Lyapunov function used to prove stability is continuous under additional conditions, implying that stability has a certain amount of nominal robustness. The presented approach is flexible and we show that robust stability can still be guaranteed when the sequence of inputs applied to the system is no longer optimal but near-optimal. We also analyse stability for cost functions in which the importance of the stage cost increases with time, opposite to discounting. Finally, we exploit stability to derive new relationships between the optimal value functions of the discounted and undiscounted problems, when the latter is well-defined.

This is a joint work with Lucian Busoniu (TU Cluj, Romania), D. Nesic (University of Melbourne, Australia) and J. Daafouz (CRAN, Université de Lorraine).

Bio. Romain Postoyan received the master degree (``diplôme d'ingénieur'') in Electrical and Control Engineering from ENSEEIHT (France) in 2005. He obtained the M.Sc. by Research in Control Theory & Application from Coventry University (United Kingdom) in 2006 and the Ph.D. in Control Theory from Université Paris-Sud (France) in 2009. In 2010, he was a research assistant at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Since 2011, he is a CNRS researcher at the Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy (France). He serves as an Associate Editor at the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society and for the journals: Automatica, IEEE Control Systems Letters, and IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information.

S³ seminar : A Random Block-Coordinate Douglas-Rachford Splitting Method with Low Computational Complexity for Binary Logistic Regression

Séminaire le 24 Novembre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Émilie Chouzenoux (CVN, CentraleSupélec/INRIA, Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée)


In this talk, I will present a new optimization algorithm for sparse logistic regression based on a stochastic version of the Douglas-Rachford splitting method. The algorithm sweeps the training set by randomly selecting a mini-batch of data at each iteration, and it allows us to update the variables in a block coordinate manner. Our approach leverages the proximity operator of the logistic loss, which is expressed with the generalized Lambert W function. Experiments carried out on standard datasets demonstrate the efficiency of our approach w.r.t. stochastic gradient-like methods. (joint work with Luis M. Briceño-Arias, Afef Cherni, Giovanni Chierchia and Jean-Christophe Pesquet)

Séminaire d'Automatique du Plateau de Saclay : Message-passing computation of the harmonic influence in social networks

Séminaire le 21 Novembre 2017, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Paolo Frasca (CNRS Researcher, NeCS team, GIPSA-lab, Grenoble, France).


The harmonic influence is a measure of node influence in social networks that quantifies the ability of a leader node to alter the average opinion of the network, acting against an adversary field node. The definition of harmonic influence assumes linear interactions between the nodes described by an undirected weighted graph; its computation requires to solve, for every node, a discrete Dirichlet problem associated to a grounded Laplacian. In this talk, I will describe a message-passing distributed algorithm that concurrently computes the harmonic influence of all nodes and provide a convergence analysis for it. The algorithm converges asymptotically, under the only assumption of the interaction Laplacian being symmetric. However, the convergence value does not in general coincide with the harmonic influence: simulations show that when the network has a larger number of cycles, the algorithm becomes slower and less accurate, but nevertheless provides a useful approximation. Simulations also indicate that the symmetry condition is not necessary for convergence and that performance (both in terms of speed and asymptotical error) scales well in the number of nodes of the graph.

Bio. Paolo Frasca received the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics for Engineering Sciences from Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, in 2009. Between 2008 and 2013, he has held research and visiting positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), at the IAC-CNR (Rome, Italy), at the University of Salerno (Italy), and at the Politecnico di Torino. From 2013 to 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. In October 2016 he joined the CNRS as Researcher: he is currently affiliated with GIPSA-lab in Grenoble, France.
His research interests are in the theory of network systems and cyber-physical systems, with applications to robotic, sensor, infrastructural, and social networks. On these topics, Dr. Frasca has (co)authored more than fifty journal and conference papers and has given invited talks at several international institutions and events, including the 2015 SICE International Symposium on Control Systems in Tokyo. He is a recipient of the 2013 SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize. He has been a visiting professor at the LAAS, Toulouse, France in 2016 and at the University of Cagliari, Italy in 2017.
Dr. Frasca has served as Associate Editor of several international conferences, including IEEE CDC, ACC, ECC, MTNS, IFAC NecSys, and is currently serving as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, the Asian Journal of Control, and the IEEE Control Systems Letters.

S³: Estimation de l’intensité d’un processus de comptage en grande dimension

Séminaire le 17 Novembre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Sarah Lemler (MICS, CentraleSupélec, Gif)


Nous cherchons à estimer/apprendre le lien entre des covariables en grande dimension et l’intensité
avec laquelle des événements se produisent (décès, crises d’asthme, achats, notes de blogs, sinistres...).

Pour répondre à cette problématique, nous proposons deux approches pour estimer l’intensité
de sauts d’un processus de comptage en présence d’un grand nombre de covariables. D’abord, nous
considérons une intensité non-paramétrique et nous l’estimons par le meilleur modèle de Cox. Nous
considérons alors une procédure Lasso, spécifique à la grande dimension, pour estimer simultanément
les deux paramètres inconnus du meilleur modèle de Cox approximant l’intensité. Nous prouvons
des inégalités oracles non-asymptotiques pour l’estimateur Lasso obtenu.

Dans une seconde partie, nous supposons que l’intensité satisfait un modèle de Cox. Nous proposons
deux procédures en deux étapes pour estimer les paramètres inconnus du modèle de Cox. La
première étape est commune aux deux procédures, il s’agit d’estimer le paramètre de régression en
grande dimension via une procédure Lasso. Le risque de base est ensuite estimé soit par sélection de
modèles, soit par un estimateur à noyau avec une fenêtre choisie par la méthode de Goldenshluger
et Lepski. Nous établissons des inégalités oracles non-asymptotiques pour les deux estimateurs du
risque de base ainsi obtenus. Nous menons une étude comparative de ces estimateurs sur des données
simulées, et enfin, nous appliquons les procédures implémentées à une base de données sur le cancer
du sein.

Séminaire d'Automatique du Plateau de Saclay : Distributed Abstractions for Multi-Agent Systems Based on Robust Multi-Agent Control

Séminaire le 7 Novembre 2017, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Dimitris Boskos (Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Automatic Control, School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden)


High level task planning for multi-agent systems constitutes a research area which has gained an emerging attention during the last two decades. While the agents' coordination is in principle based on the design of continuous interaction protocols, the derivation of high level plans requires a discrete representation of their dynamic behavior, also called abstraction, in order to leverage algorithmic tools for the plan synthesis.    

In this talk we discuss the derivation of such abstractions for agents with continuous dynamics, comprising of feedback interconnection terms and additive bounded inputs, which provide the ability for high level planning under the coupled constraints. These dynamics are also motivated by multi-agent coordination protocols which are robust with respect to the additional input part. We will present such a cooperative control framework, which guarantees that network connectivity is robustly maintained with respect to bounded additive inputs. Furthermore, a modification of the feedback design ensures forward invariance of the agents' trajectories inside a convex workspace, without affecting the inputs' robustness bounds.

In order to derive the agents' distributed symbolic models, we determine space-time discretizations which establish that each agent's abstraction has at least one outgoing transition from every discrete state. The symbolic model of each agent is based on the knowledge of its neighbors' discrete positions and the transitions are performed through hybrid control laws, which can drive the agent to its possible successor states. As an extension of these results we also consider a varying degree of decentralization and build each abstract model based on discrete information up to a tunable distance in the communication graph. Finally, we discuss the derivation of online  abstractions, by discretizing over approximations of the agents' reachable sets over a bounded time horizon.

Bio. Dimitris Boskos was born in Athens, Greece in 1981. He has received the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2005, the M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the NTUA in 2008 and the Ph.D. in Applied mathematics from the NTUA in 2014. Since August 2014, he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Automatic Control, School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests include distributed control of multi-agent systems, formal verification and observer design for nonlinear systems.

S³: Selective Updating and Cooperation for Distributed Estimation and Detection

Séminaire le 26 Octobre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Marcello Campos (COPPE/UFRJ)


This talk discusses selective update and cooperation strategies for parameter estimation and event detection in distributed adaptive sensor networks. We investigate a set-membership filtering approach which results in reduced complexity for updating parameter estimates at each network node. We explore cooperation strategies in adaptive distributed sensor networks for reduction in information exchange between cooperating nodes, and search for an optimal strategy to obtain consensus estimates.

Bio: This talk discusses selective update and cooperation strategies for parameter estimation and event detection in distributed adaptive sensor networks. We investigate a set-membership filtering approach which results in reduced complexity for updating parameter estimates at each network node. We explore cooperation strategies in adaptive distributed sensor networks for reduction in information exchange between cooperating nodes, and search for an optimal strategy to obtain consensus estimates.

Séminaire d'Automatique du Plateau de Saclay : Optimal control problems with oscillations, concentrations, and discontinuities.

Séminaire le 19 Octobre 2017, 11h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Didier Henrion (CNRS Senior Researcher, LAAS-CNRS & Professor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University)


Optimal control problems with oscillation (chattering controls) and concentration (impulsive controls) can have integral performance criteria such that concentration of the control signal occurs at a discontinuity of the state signal. Techniques from functional analysis (extensions of DiPerna-Majda measures from the partial differential equations literature) are developed to give a precise meaning of the integral cost and to allow for the sound application of numerical methods. We show how this can be achieved for the Lasserre hierarchy of semidefinite programming relaxations. This includes in particular the use of compactification techniques allowing for unbounded time, state and control.

Bio. Didier Henrion is a CNRS Senior Researcher at LAAS, an engineering laboratory in Toulouse, France. He is also a Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia. Since 1994 he has been developing constructive tools for addressing mathematical problems arising from systems control and optimization.

Séminaire d'Automatique du plateau de Saclay : Stabilization of nonlinear infinite-dimensional systems subject to saturations

Séminaire le 19 Octobre 2017, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Swann Marx (Postdoctoral researcher, LAAS-CNRS)


This presentation provides contributions in stabilization methods for nonlinear dynamical systems. In particular, it focuses on the analysis of infinite-dimensional systems subject to saturated inputs.

In the first part, we will introduce a more general class of saturations than the one known for finite-dimensional systems. When bounding a linear stabilizing feedback law with such nonlinearity, a well-posedness result together with an attractivity result will be stated for systems whose open-loop is described by (possibly nonlinear) operators generating strongly continuous semigroup of contractions. The attractivity result will be proved by using the LaSalle's Invariance Principle together with some precompactness properties. 

In the second part, a particular nonlinear partial differential equation is studied, namely the Korteweg-de Vries equation, that models long waves in water of relatively shallow depth. A control actuating on a small part of the channel will be considered. This control will be modified with two different types of saturations. The attractivity result will be proved by using Lyapunov argument and a contradiction argument. Finally, the results will be illustrated with some numerical simulations.

Bio. Swann Marx graduated in 2014 from "Ecole Supérieure de Cachan", France. He got his Ph.D. in the Departement of Automatic at the GIPSA-lab, in Grenoble, France. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the LAAS-CNRS, in Toulouse, France. His main research interests are stabilization of partial differential equations with constrained inputs, output feedback stabilization and optimal control of nonlinear partial differential equations.

Inertia in inverter-dominated power networks.

Séminaire le 13 Octobre 2017, 15h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Pooya MONSHIZADEH (PhD student at University of Groningen, The Netherlands)


Along with the emergence of the renewable energy sources in power networks, and consequently the increasing usage of power converters, new issues and concerns regarding stability of the grid have arisen. Recently, the problem of low inertia of inverter dominated systems has been extensively investigated. In this talk, I address the problem of stability and frequency regulation of a recently proposed inverter. In this type of inverter, the DC-side capacitor emulates the inertia of a synchronous generator. First, I discuss remodeling the dynamics from the electrical power perspective. Using this model, it can be shown that the system is stable if connected to a constant power load, and the frequency can be regulated by a suitable choice of the controller. I elaborate the analysis of the stability of a network of inverters with capacitive inertia, and show that frequency regulation can be achieved by using an
appropriate controller design.

A View of Information-Estimation Relations in Gaussian Networks

Séminaire le 9 Octobre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Prof. Shlomo Shamai (Andrew and Erna Viterbi Department of Electrical Engineering)


This talk will focus on the recent applications of Information-Estimation Relations to Gaussian Networks. In the first part of the talk, we will go over recent connections between estimation theoretic and information theoretic measures. The estimation theoretic measures that would
be of importance to us are the Minimum Means p-th Error (MMPE) and its special case the Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE). As will be demonstrated, the MMSE can be very useful in bounding mutual information via the I-MMSE relationship of Guo-Shamai-Verdu, and the MMPE can be used to bound the conditional entropy via the moment entropy inequality. In the second part of the talk, we will discuss several applications of Information-Estimation Relations in Gaussian noise networks. As the first application, we show how the I-MMSE relationship can be used to determine the behavior, for every signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), of the mutual information and the MMSE of the transmitted codeword for the setting of the Gaussian Broadcast Channel and the Gaussian Wiretap Channel. As a second application, the notion of the MMPE is used to generalize the Ozarow-Wyner lower bound on the mutual information for discrete inputs on Gaussian noise channels. A short outlook of future applications concludes the presentation.

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This work is in collaboration with R. Bustin, A. Dytso, H. Vincent Poor, Daniela Tuninetti, Natasha Devroye, and it is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research And Innovation Programme, grant agreement no. 694630.

S³ seminar : Big Data in the Social Sciences: Statistical methods for multi-source high-dimensional data

Séminaire le 6 Octobre 2017, 10h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Katrijn Van Deun (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)


Research in the behavioural and social sciences has entered the era of big data: Many detailed measurements are taken and multiple sources of information are used to unravel complex multivariate relations. For example, in studying obesity as the outcome of environmental and genetic influences, researchers increasingly collect survey, dietary, biomarker and genetic data from the same individuals.

Although linked more-variables-than-samples (called high-dimensional) multi-source data form an extremely rich resource for research, extracting meaningful and integrated information is challenging and not appropriately addressed by current statistical methods. A first problem is that relevant information is hidden in a bulk of irrelevant variables with a high risk of finding incidental associations. Second, the sources are often very heterogeneous, which may obscure apparent links between the shared mechanisms.

In this presentation we will discuss the challenges associated to the analysis of large scale multi-source data and present state-of-the-art statistical approaches to address the challenges.

Combined Optimal Activation and Transmission Control in Delay Tolerant Network

Séminaire le 4 Octobre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Amar Prakash Azad, Inria Sophia Antipolis


Generalized Secrecy Capacity

Séminaire le 2 Octobre 2017, 11h30 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Matthieu Bloch


On the Degrees of Freedom of MISO Broadcast Channels with Partial CSIT

Séminaire le 20 Septembre 2017, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Dr. Hamdi Joudeh (Imperial College London)


The multiple-input-single-output (MISO) broadcast channel (BC), in which a multi-antenna transmitter communicates with multiple uncoordinated single-antenna receivers, is an essential building block of modern wireless networks. In this channel, multiuser interference management is naturally carried out at the transmitter. This in turn requires highly accurate and up-to-date channel state information at the transmitter (CSIT), which is not always available in practice. While it is understood that the MISO BC is sensitive to CSIT inaccuracies, the capacity under such conditions remains largely a mystery. Hence, it is natural to resort to coarse approximations, e.g. the Degrees of Freedom (DoF), when studying such challenging problems. In this talk, I will review some recent (and not so recent) results in DoF studies of the MISO BC when only partial instantaneous CSIT is available. I will be focusing on tools used to derive achievability and converse result. I will also present some new DoF results for parallel MISO BCs (e.g. OFDM) with partial CSIT. Implications, insights and open problems are also discussed.

Bio: Hamdi Joudeh is a postdoctoral research associate in the Communications and Signal Processing Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Communications and Signal Processing from Imperial College London, UK, in 2016 and 2011 respectively. His research interests are in the areas of wireless communications and multiuser information theory. He is currently serving as an associate editor for the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking.

Séminaire d’Automatique du plateau de Saclay : Non-Markovian Quantum Feedback Networks

Séminaire le 30 Juin 2017, 11h00 à INRIA Paris (Salle A115)
John Gough (Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University)


We will recall the theory of Markovian Quantum feedback Networks, and explain some recent models with non-Markovian behaviour coming from physical requirements.

The concept of a controlled flow of a dynamical system, especially when the controlling process feeds information back about the system, is of central importance in control engineering, and we build on the ideas of by Bouten and van Handel to develop a general theory of quantum feedback. We elucidate the relationship between the controlling processes Z and the measured process Y, and to this end make a distinction between what we call the input picture and the output picture.

The theory is general enough to include a modulating filter which processes the measurement readout Y before returning to the system. This opens up the prospect of applying very general engineering feedback control techniques to open quantum systems in a systematic manner, and we consider a number of specific modulating filter problems.

 

Bio. John E. Gough was born in Drogheda, Ireland, in 1967. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences and the Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Physics from the National University of Ireland, Dublin, in 1987, 1988 and 1992 respectively. He was reader in Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematics and Computing, Nottingham-Trent University, up until 2007. He then joined the Institute of Mathematics and Physics at Aberystwyth University as established chair of Mathematics. He has held visiting positions at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, EPFL Lausanne, UC Santa Barbara and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include quantum probability, measurement and control of open quantum dynamical systems, and quantum feedback networks.

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