TitleDistributed Consensus on Boolean Information
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
Conference Name1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)
Pagination72 - 77
Date PublishedSeptember, 24 -
Publication Languageeng
AuthorsFagiolini, A, Martini, S, Dubbini, N, Bicchi, A
Conference LocationVenice, Italy
KeywordsEmbedded Control, Robotics

In this paper we study the convergence towards consensus on information in a distributed system of agents communicating over a network. The particularity of this study is that the information on which the consensus is seeked is not represented by real numbers, rather by logical values or compact sets. Whereas the problems of allowing a network of agents to reach a consensus on logical functions of input events, and that of agreeing on set-valued information, have been separately addressed in previous work, in this paper we show that these problems can indeed be attacked in a unified way in the framework of Boolean distributed information systems. Based on a notion of contractivity for Boolean dynamical systems, a necessary and suficient condition ensuring the global convergence toward a unique equilibrium point is presented. This result can be seen as a first step toward the denition of a unified framework to uniformly address all consensus problems on Boolean algebras.

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