Adaptive Critic Learning and Experience Replay for Decentralized Event-Triggered Control of Nonlinear Interconnected Systems

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In this paper, we develop a decentralized event-triggered control (ETC) strategy for a class of nonlinear systems with uncertain interconnections. To begin with, we show that the decentralized ETC policy for the whole system can be represented by a group of optimal ETC laws of auxiliary subsystems. Then, under the framework of adaptive critic learning, we construct the critic networks to solve the event-triggered Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations related to these optimal ETC laws. The weight vectors used in the critic networks are updated by using the gradient descent approach and the experience replay (ER) technique together. With the aid of the ER technique, we can conquer the difficulty arising in the persistence of excitation condition. Meanwhile, by using classic Lyapunov approaches, we prove that the estimated weight vectors used in the critic networks are uniformly ultimately bounded. Moreover, we demonstrate that the obtained decentralized ETC can force the overall system to be asymptotically stable. Finally, we present an interconnected nonlinear plant to validate the proposed decentralized ETC scheme.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems