American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

December  2013, 3(4): 447-466. doi: 10.3934/mcrf.2013.3.447

Sparse stabilization and optimal control of the Cucker-Smale model

 1 Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Département Ingénierie Mathématique (IMATH), Équipe M2N, 292 rue Saint-Martin, 75003, Paris,, France 2 Technische Universität München, Facultät Mathematik, Boltzmannstrasse 3, D-85748, Garching bei München, Germany 3 Rutgers University, Department of Mathematics, Business & Science Building Room 325, Camden, NJ 08102, United States 4 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Univ. Paris 6) and Institut Universitaire de France and Team GECO Inria Saclay, CNRS UMR 7598, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, F-75005, Paris, France

Received  November 2012 Revised  June 2013 Published  September 2013

We focus on a controlled Cucker--Smale model in finite dimension. Such dynamics model self-organization and consensus emergence in a group of agents. We explore how it is possible to control this model in order to enforce or facilitate pattern formation or convergence to consensus. In particular, we are interested in designing control strategies that are componentwise sparse in the sense that they require a small amount of external intervention, and also time sparse in the sense that such strategies are not chattering in time. These sparsity features are desirable in view of practical issues.
We first show how very simple sparse feedback strategies can be designed with the use of a variational principle, in order to steer the system to consensus. These feedbacks are moreover optimal in terms of decay rate of some functional, illustrating the general principle according to which sparse is better''. We then combine these results with local controllability properties to get global controllability results. Finally, we explore the sparsity properties of the optimal control minimizing a combination of the distance from consensus and of a norm of the control.
Citation: Marco Caponigro, Massimo Fornasier, Benedetto Piccoli, Emmanuel Trélat. Sparse stabilization and optimal control of the Cucker-Smale model. Mathematical Control & Related Fields, 2013, 3 (4) : 447-466. doi: 10.3934/mcrf.2013.3.447
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