Multi-Agent Model Predictive Control
with Applications to Power Networks


R.R. Negenborn

Delft Center for Systems and Control
Delft University of Technology

ISBN: 978-90-5584-093-9, December 2007
ISBN: 978-90-7978-702-9, September 2008 (Second printing)


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LaTeX template files of the thesis and the propositions can be downloaded here.

Very brief abstract of this PhD thesis

Transportation networks, such as power networks, road traffic networks, water distribution networks, railway networks, etc. are the corner stones of our modern society. As transportation networks have to operate closer and closer to their capacity limits and as the dynamics of these networks become more and more complex, control of these networks has to be advanced to a higher level using state-of-the-art control techniques. Such control techniques should be able to deal with the large size and distributed nature of the control problems encountered, and should in addition be able to anticipate undesired behavior at an early stage.

In this PhD thesis several novel control techniques for the control of transportation networks are proposed. Each of the techniques proposed is based on a combination of ideas from the fields of multi-agent systems and model predictive control. Control problems from the domain of power networks are used to illustrate and assess the performance of the proposed techniques.

The full summary of this thesis can be found here in English and here in Dutch.

The complete thesis

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Related publications
  • Detailed information of the publications that appear (partially) in the thesis can be found here.
Related links

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Tools/resources used for constructing the thesis
  • Text & image editing and formatting: LaTeX2e, BibTeX, Emacs, XFig, Adobe Illustrator
  • Computation, optimization, and simulation: Matlab 2007a, Tomlab (/BASE, /CPLEX, /SNOPT), Dymola
  • Miscellaneous tools: Bart De Schutter's scripts

  • LaTeX template files of the thesis: Download it here (Last updated March 16, 2011).
    Don't forget to read the README.txt file for instructions on how to use the template.

  • LaTeX template file of the propositions: Download it here (Last updated September 30, 2008).
    Note: use pdflatex to compile.

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  • I rented my costume at fam. Kloeg.

  • Obtain proposition inspiration at Hora Est.
Miscellaneous links
  • The public defence of the thesis took place at 10:00AM on Tuesday, December 18, 2007,
    in the Senaatszaal of the Aula Congress Center of TU Delft. Some photos can be found here.
  • The propositions that I defended together with the thesis can be found here.
  • The paranymphs during the defence were Thijs Kinkhorst and David van Prooijen.
  • Juggling routines for improvement of the research focus and collegiality can be found here.
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