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• 1.
KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. Univ Groningen, NL-9712 CP Groningen, Netherlands.;Univ Bristol, Intangible Real Lab, Bristol, Avon, England.. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Univ Utrecht, Bijvoet Ctr, Fac Sci, Utrecht, Netherlands.. Univ Paul Sabatier, IPBS, F-31062 Toulouse, France.. Mem Sloan Kettering Canc Ctr, Sloan Kettering Inst, Computat & Syst Biol Program, New York, NY 10065 USA.. Mem Sloan Kettering Canc Ctr, Sloan Kettering Inst, Computat & Syst Biol Program, New York, NY 10065 USA.;Open Force Field Consortium, La Jolla, CA USA.. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Max Planck Inst Biophys Chem, D-37077 Gottingen, Germany.. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Stockholm Univ, Dept Biochem & Biophys, Sci Life Lab, Box 1031, SE-17121 Solna, Sweden.. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Univ Helsinki, Inst Biotechnol, SF-00100 Helsinki, Finland.. Pompeu Fabra Univ, Hosp del Mar Med Res Inst IMIM, Res Programme Biomed Informat, Barcelona 08002, Spain.;Pompeu Fabra Univ, Dept Expt & Hlth Sci, Barcelona 08002, Spain.. Mol Sci Software Inst, Blacksburg, VA 24060 USA.. Univ Oxford, Dept Biochem, Oxford OX1 2JD, England.;Univ Warwick, Sch Life Sci, Coventry CV4 7AL, W Midlands, England.;Univ Warwick, Dept Chem, Coventry CV4 7AL, W Midlands, England.. Univ Leipzig, Fac Med, Inst Med Phys & Biophys, D-04107 Leipzig, Germany.. Univ Utrecht, Bijvoet Ctr, Fac Sci, Utrecht, Netherlands.. Univ Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, Avon, England.. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
Sharing Data from Molecular Simulations2019In: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, ISSN 1549-9596, E-ISSN 1549-960X, Vol. 59, no 10, p. 4093-4099Article in journal (Refereed)

Given the need for modern researchers to produce open, reproducible scientific output, the lack of standards and best practices for sharing data and workflows used to produce and analyze molecular dynamics (MD) simulations has become an important issue in the field. There are now multiple well-established packages to perform molecular dynamics simulations, often highly tuned for exploiting specific classes of hardware, each with strong communities surrounding them, but with very limited interoperability/transferability options. Thus, the choice of the software package often dictates the workflow for both simulation production and analysis. The level of detail in documenting the workflows and analysis code varies greatly in published work, hindering reproducibility of the reported results and the ability for other researchers to build on these studies. An increasing number of researchers are motivated to make their data available, but many challenges remain in order to effectively share and reuse simulation data. To discuss these and other issues related to best practices in the field in general, we organized a workshop in November 2018 (https://bioexcel.eu/events/workshop-on-sharing-data-from-molecular-simulations/). Here, we present a brief overview of this workshop and topics discussed. We hope this effort will spark further conversation in the MD community to pave the way toward more open, interoperable, and reproducible outputs coming from research studies using MD simulations.

• 2.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Univ Sannio, Dept Engn, I-82100 Benevento, Italy.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
Cloud-Supported Formation Control of Second-Order Multiagent Systems2018In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, ISSN 2325-5870, E-ISSN 2168-6750, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 1563-1574Article in journal (Refereed)

This paper addresses a formation problem for a network of autonomous agents with second-order dynamics and bounded disturbances. Coordination is achieved by having the agents asynchronously upload (download) data to (from) a shared repository, rather than directly exchanging data with other agents. Well-posedness of the closed-loop system is demonstrated by showing that there exists a lower bound for the time interval between two consecutive agent accesses to the repository. Numerical simulations corroborate the theoretical results.

• 3. Ahmed, J.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Network and Systems engineering. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Automated diagnostic of virtualized service performance degradation2018In: IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium: Cognitive Management in a Cyber World, NOMS 2018, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2018, p. 1-9Conference paper (Refereed)

Service assurance for cloud applications is a challenging task and is an active area of research for academia and industry. One promising approach is to utilize machine learning for service quality prediction and fault detection so that suitable mitigation actions can be executed. In our previous work, we have shown how to predict service-level metrics in real-time just from operational data gathered at the server side. This gives the service provider early indications on whether the platform can support the current load demand. This paper provides the logical next step where we extend our work by proposing an automated detection and diagnostic capability for the performance faults manifesting themselves in cloud and datacenter environments. This is a crucial task to maintain the smooth operation of running services and minimizing downtime. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach which exploits the interpretative capabilities of Self- Organizing Maps (SOMs) to automatically detect and localize different performance faults for cloud services. © 2018 IEEE.

• 4.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
T Syst Solut Res GmbH, D-70563 Stuttgart, Germany.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
Efficient Algorithms for Collective Operations with Notified Communication in Shared Windows2018In: PROCEEDINGS OF PAW-ATM18: 2018 IEEE/ACM PARALLEL APPLICATIONS WORKSHOP, ALTERNATIVES TO MPI (PAW-ATM), IEEE , 2018, p. 1-10Conference paper (Refereed)

Collective operations are commonly used in various parts of scientific applications. Especially in strong scaling scenarios collective operations can negatively impact the overall applications performance: while the load per rank here decreases with increasing core counts, time spent in e.g. barrier operations will increase logarithmically with the core count. In this article, we develop novel algorithmic solutions for collective operations such as Allreduce and Allgather(V)-by leveraging notified communication in shared windows. To this end, we have developed an extension of GASPI which enables all ranks participating in a shared window to observe the entire notified communication targeted at the window. By exploring benefits of this extension, we deliver high performing implementations of Allreduce and Allgather(V) on Intel and Cray clusters. These implementations clearly achieve 2x-4x performance improvements compared to the best performing MPI implementations for various data distributions.

• 5.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL.
Global Search with Bernoulli Alternation Kernel for Task-oriented Grasping Informed by Simulation2018In: Proceedings of The 2nd Conference on Robot Learning, PMLR 87, 2018, p. 641-650Conference paper (Refereed)

We develop an approach that benefits from large simulated datasets and takes full advantage of the limited online data that is most relevant. We propose a variant of Bayesian optimization that alternates between using informed and uninformed kernels. With this Bernoulli Alternation Kernel we ensure that discrepancies between simulation and reality do not hinder adapting robot control policies online. The proposed approach is applied to a challenging real-world problem of task-oriented grasping with novel objects. Our further contribution is a neural network architecture and training pipeline that use experience from grasping objects in simulation to learn grasp stability scores. We learn task scores from a labeled dataset with a convolutional network, which is used to construct an informed kernel for our variant of Bayesian optimization. Experiments on an ABB Yumi robot with real sensor data demonstrate success of our approach, despite the challenge of fulfilling task requirements and high uncertainty over physical properties of objects.

• 6.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computer Science, Theoretical Computer Science, TCS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Information Science and Engineering.
Aerial path planning for multi-vehicles2019In: Proceedings - IEEE 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering, AIKE 2019, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2019, p. 267-272, article id 8791733Conference paper (Refereed)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are a potential solution to fast and cost efficient package delivery services. There are two types of UAVs, namely fixed wing (UAV-FW) and rotor wing (UAV-RW), which have their own advantages and drawbacks. In this paper we aim at providing different solutions to a collaborating multi-agent scenario combining both UAVs types. We show the problem can be reduced to the facility location problem (FLP) and propose two local search algorithms to solve it: Tabu search and simulated annealing.

• 7.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
Examining the performance of dul band base station antennas: What progress is being made?1996In: Integrating GSM & DCS 1800: Exploiting the business potential of, London: IIR , 1996Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

The recent growth in cellular communications has rapidly created a need for more radio channels. In order to make better use of the available frequency bands new access techniques such as TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access), FDMA (Frequency DMA) and CDMA (Code DMA) have been introduced. Still, the need for new channels is strong and new frequency bands have therefore been allocated for future wireless communication systems. These new communication systems, e.g. the European Personal Communication Network (PCN: 1710-1880MHz) and the North American Personal Communication System (PCS: 1850-1990MHz), use frequencies about twice as high as their predecessors (e.g. AMPS: 824-894MHz and GSM: 880-960MHz). However, at a time when our downtown areas already are littered with basestation antennas, operators are not keen to install more. Therefore, dual-band antennas have gained an increased interest. They would allow the operators to replace two antennas for separate frequency bands with one only, thus, reducing the windload of the towers and perhaps most importantly reducing the cost of installation.

• 8.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
Svar till PTS konsultation inför planerad tilldelning av frekvensutrymme i 2,3- och 3,5 GHz-banden samt tilldelning av frekvensutrymme för lokala tillstånd2019Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

KTH, Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS) har beretts möjlighet att ge sin syn på PTS ”Konsultation inför planerad tilldelning av frekvensutrymme i 2,3- och 3,5 GHz-banden samt tilldelning av frekvensutrymme för lokala tillstånd”, PTS DNR 18-8496.

KTH anser att det är olyckligt att PTS frångår principen om teknikneutrala band. Vi förstår att i detta fall finns inga alternativ men råder PTS att arbeta för att framtida spektrumtilldelning sker på teknikneutral basis då inlåsning av frekvensband till specifika tekniker inte bidrar till innovation.

TDD medger ett mer effektivt utnyttjande av spektrum i fallet då nedlänkstrafik dominerar. Denna vinst måste dock vägas mot det faktum att co-ordinering och synkronisering av och mellan operatörernas nät hämmar konkurrensen. En möjlig framtida lösning är att 3.5 bandet enbart används för nedlänk och att upplänk sker i annat band (tex 1800 bandet).

Slutligen så bör spektrumvillkoren vara oberoende av de nu existerande aktörerna. För att även öppna upp för flera och ev nya operatörer så föreslår vi att hela bandet 3,4 - 3,8GHz bjuds ut vid denna auktion.

• 9.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computer Science, Computational Science and Technology (CST).
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
Efficient Spike Communication in the MUSIC Framework on a Blue Gene/Q SupercomputerManuscript (preprint) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
• 10.
German Aerosp Ctr DLR, Inst Robot & Mechatron, D-82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany..
German Aerosp Ctr DLR, Inst Robot & Mechatron, D-82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, perception and learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. German Aerosp Ctr DLR, Inst Robot & Mechatron, D-82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.. Robert Bosch, Corp Res, St Joseph, MI USA.;Robert Bosch, Corp Res, Gerlingen, Germany.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, perception and learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. Robert Bosch, Corp Res, St Joseph, MI USA.;Robert Bosch, Corp Res, Gerlingen, Germany.. German Aerosp Ctr DLR, Inst Robot & Mechatron, D-82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Dep Comp Sci, Munich, Germany..
Semantic Labeling of Indoor Environments from 3D RGB Maps2018In: 2018 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), IEEE Computer Society, 2018, p. 1871-1878Conference paper (Refereed)

We present an approach to automatically assign semantic labels to rooms reconstructed from 3D RGB maps of apartments. Evidence for the room types is generated using state-of-the-art deep-learning techniques for scene classification and object detection based on automatically generated virtual RGB views, as well as from a geometric analysis of the map's 3D structure. The evidence is merged in a conditional random field, using statistics mined from different datasets of indoor environments. We evaluate our approach qualitatively and quantitatively and compare it to related methods.

• 11.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Robotics, perception and learning, RPL. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
Formation Obstacle Avoidance using RRT and Constraint Based Programming2017In: 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), IEEE conference proceedings, 2017, article id 8088131Conference paper (Refereed)

In this paper, we propose a new way of doing formation obstacle avoidance using a combination of Constraint Based Programming (CBP) and Rapidly Exploring Random Trees (RRTs). RRT is used to select waypoint nodes, and CBP is used to move the formation between those nodes, reactively rotating and translating the formation to pass the obstacles on the way. Thus, the CBP includes constraints for both formation keeping and obstacle avoidance, while striving to move the formation towards the next waypoint. The proposed approach is compared to a pure RRT approach where the motion between the RRT waypoints is done following linear interpolation trajectories, which are less computationally expensive than the CBP ones. The results of a number of challenging simulations show that the proposed approach is more efficient for scenarios with high obstacle densities.

• 12. Camisasca, G.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. Department of Physics, AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm University, Stockholm, SE-10609, Sweden.
Radial distribution functions of water: Models vs experiments2019In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 151, no 4, article id 044502Article in journal (Refereed)

We study the temperature behavior of the first four peaks of the oxygen-oxygen radial distribution function of water, simulated by the TIP4P/2005, MB-pol, TIP5P, and SPC/E models and compare to experimental X-ray diffraction data, including a new measurement which extends down to 235 K [H. Pathak et al., J. Chem. Phys. 150, 224506 (2019)]. We find the overall best agreement using the MB-pol and TIP4P/2005 models. We observe, upon cooling, a minimum in the position of the second shell simulated with TIP4P/2005 and SPC/E potentials, located close to the temperature of maximum density. We also calculated the two-body entropy and the contributions coming from the first, second, and outer shells to this quantity. We show that, even if the main contribution comes from the first shell, the contribution of the second shell can become important at low temperature. While real water appears to be less ordered at short distance than obtained by any of the potentials, the different water potentials show more or less order compared to the experiments depending on the considered length-scale.

• 13.
Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
Univ Lisbon, Fac Sci, Ctr Chem & Biochem, C8 Campo Grande, P-1749016 Lisbon, Portugal.;Univ Lisbon, Fac Sci, Biosyst & Integrat Sci Inst, C8 Campo Grande, P-1749016 Lisbon, Portugal.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.. Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
Translational and rotational dynamics of high and low density TIP4P/2005 water2019In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 150, no 22, article id 224507Article in journal (Refereed)

We use molecular dynamics simulations using TIP4P/2005 to investigate the self- and distinct-van Hove functions for different local environments of water, classified using the local structure index as an order parameter. The orientational dynamics were studied through the calculation of the time-correlation functions of different-order Legendre polynomials in the OH-bond unit vector. We found that the translational and orientational dynamics are slower for molecules in a low-density local environment and correspondingly the mobility is enhanced upon increasing the local density, consistent with some previous works, but opposite to a recent study on the van Hove function. From the analysis of the distinct dynamics, we find that the second and fourth peaks of the radial distribution function, previously identified as low density-like arrangements, show long persistence in time. The analysis of the time-dependent interparticle distance between the central molecule and the first coordination shell shows that particle identity persists longer than distinct van Hove correlations. The motion of two first-nearest-neighbor molecules thus remains coupled even when this correlation function has been completely decayed. With respect to the orientational dynamics, we show that correlation functions of molecules in a low-density environment decay exponentially, while molecules in a local high-density environment exhibit bi-exponential decay, indicating that dynamic heterogeneity of water is associated with the heterogeneity among high-density and between high-density and low-density species. This bi-exponential behavior is associated with the existence of interstitial waters and the collapse of the second coordination sphere in high-density arrangements, but not with H-bond strength.

• 14. Chien, Steven W. D.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
Characterizing Deep-Learning I/O Workloads in TensorFlow2018In: Proceedings of PDSW-DISCS 2018: 3rd Joint International Workshop on Parallel Data Storage and Data Intensive Scalable Computing Systems, Held in conjunction with SC 2018: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 54-63Conference paper (Refereed)

The performance of Deep-Learning (DL) computing frameworks rely on the rformance of data ingestion and checkpointing. In fact, during the aining, a considerable high number of relatively small files are first aded and pre-processed on CPUs and then moved to accelerator for mputation. In addition, checkpointing and restart operations are rried out to allow DL computing frameworks to restart quickly from a eckpoint. Because of this, I/O affects the performance of DL plications. this work, we characterize the I/O performance and scaling of nsorFlow, an open-source programming framework developed by Google and ecifically designed for solving DL problems. To measure TensorFlow I/O rformance, we first design a micro-benchmark to measure TensorFlow ads, and then use a TensorFlow mini-application based on AlexNet to asure the performance cost of I/O and checkpointing in TensorFlow. To prove the checkpointing performance, we design and implement a burst ffer. find that increasing the number of threads increases TensorFlow ndwidth by a maximum of 2.3 x and 7.8 x on our benchmark environments. e use of the tensorFlow prefetcher results in a complete overlap of mputation on accelerator and input pipeline on CPU eliminating the fective cost of I/O on the overall performance. The use of a burst ffer to checkpoint to a fast small capacity storage and copy ynchronously the checkpoints to a slower large capacity storage sulted in a performance improvement of 2.6x with respect to eckpointing directly to slower storage on our benchmark environment.

• 15.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST).
An Evaluation of the TensorFlow Programming Model for Solving Traditional HPC Problems2018In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Exascale Applications and Software, The University of Edinburgh , 2018, p. 34-Conference paper (Refereed)

Computational intensive applications such as pattern recognition, and natural language processing, are increasingly popular on HPC systems. Many of these applications use deep-learning, a branch of machine learning, to determine the weights of artificial neural network nodes by minimizing a loss function. Such applications depend heavily on dense matrix multiplications, also called tensorial operations. The use of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has considerably speeded up deep-learning computations, leading to a Renaissance of the artificial neural network. Recently, the NVIDIA Volta GPU and the Google Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) have been specially designed to support deep-learning workloads. New programming models have also emerged for convenient expression of tensorial operations and deep-learning computational paradigms. An example of such new programming frameworks is TensorFlow, an open-source deep-learning library released by Google in 2015. TensorFlow expresses algorithms as a computational graph where nodes represent operations and edges between nodes represent data flow. Multi-dimensional data such as vectors and matrices which flows between operations are called Tensors. For this reason, computation problems need to be expressed as a computational graph. In particular, TensorFlow supports distributed computation with flexible assignment of operation and data to devices such as GPU and CPU on different computing nodes. Computation on devices are based on optimized kernels such as MKL, Eigen and cuBLAS. Inter-node communication can be through TCP and RDMA. This work attempts to evaluate the usability and expressiveness of the TensorFlow programming model for traditional HPC problems. As an illustration, we prototyped a distributed block matrix multiplication for large dense matrices which cannot be co-located on a single device and a Conjugate Gradient (CG) solver. We evaluate the difficulty of expressing traditional HPC algorithms using computational graphs and study the scalability of distributed TensorFlow on accelerated systems. Our preliminary result with distributed matrix multiplication shows that distributed computation on TensorFlow is extremely scalable. This study provides an initial investigation of new emerging programming models for HPC.

• 16.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
An Evaluation of TensorFlow as a Programming Framework for HPC Applications2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis

In recent years, deep-learning, a branch of machine learning gained increasing popularity due to their extensive applications and performance. At the core of these application is dense matrix-matrix multiplication. Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are commonly used in the training process due to their massively parallel computation capabilities. In addition, specialized low-precision accelerators have emerged to specifically address Tensor operations. Software frameworks, such as TensorFlow have also emerged to increase the expressiveness of neural network model development. In TensorFlow computation problems are expressed as Computation Graphs where nodes of a graph denote operation and edges denote data movement between operations. With increasing number of heterogeneous accelerators which might co-exist on the same cluster system, it became increasingly difficult for users to program efficient and scalable applications. TensorFlow provides a high level of abstraction and it is possible to place operations of a computation graph on a device easily through a high level API. In this work, the usability of TensorFlow as a programming framework for HPC application is reviewed. We give an introduction of TensorFlow as a programming framework and paradigm for distributed computation. Two sample applications are implemented on TensorFlow: tiled matrix multiplication and conjugate gradient solver for solving large linear systems. We try to illustrate how such problems can be expressed in computation graph for distributed computation. We perform scalability tests and comment on performance scaling results and quantify how TensorFlow can take advantage of HPC systems by performing micro-benchmarking on communication performance. Through this work, we show that TensorFlow is an emerging and promising platform which is well suited for a particular class of problem which requires very little synchronization.

• 17.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Time reversal symmetries and zero dynamics for simple hybrid Hamiltonian control systems2018In: 2018 Annual American Control Conference (ACC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 2218-2223Conference paper (Refereed)

This paper studies Hamel's formalism for simple hybrid mechanical control systems and explores the role of time-reversal symmetries and hybrid zero dynamics to predict the existence of periodic orbits in these control system. A time reversal symmetry in the phase-space permits us to construct a time reversible hybrid Hamiltonian system. If the Hamiltonian function describing the continuous dynamics and the impact map are invariants under a time reversal symmetry on the zero hybrid dynamics, under some mild conditions, we find sufficient conditions for the existence of periodic solutions for the class of simple hybrid Hamiltonian control systems.

• 18.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Optimal Control of Left-Invariant Multi-Agent Systems with Asymmetric Formation Constraints2018In: 2018 European Control Conference, ECC 2018, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 1728-1733, article id 8550238Conference paper (Refereed)

In this work we study an optimal control problem for a multi-agent system modeled by an undirected formation graph with nodes describing the kinematics of each agent, given by a left invariant control system on a Lie group. The agents should avoid collision between them in the workspace. Such a task is done by introducing some potential functions into the cost functional for the optimal control problem, corresponding to fictitious forces, induced by the formation constraint among agents, that break the symmetry of the individual agents and the cost functions, and rendering the optimal control problem partially invariant by a Lie group of symmetries. Reduced necessary conditions for the existence of normal extremals are obtained using techniques of variational calculus on manifolds. As an application we study an optimal control problem for multiple unicycles.

• 19.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Div Robot Percept & Learning, EECS, S-11428 Stockholm, Sweden..
Univ Utah, Robot Ctr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA.;Univ Utah, Sch Comp, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA.. Yale Univ, Dept Mech Engn & Mat Sci, New Haven, CT 06520 USA.. Google AI, San Francisco, CA 94110 USA.. Univ Utah, Robot Ctr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA.;Univ Utah, Sch Comp, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA.;NVIDIA Res, Santa Clara, CA USA.. KTH, Superseded Departments (pre-2005), Numerical Analysis and Computer Science, NADA. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Robotics, Perception and Learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Div Robot Percept & Learning, EECS, S-11428 Stockholm, Sweden..
Benchmarking In-Hand Manipulation2020In: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, ISSN 2377-3766, E-ISSN 1949-3045, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 588-595Article in journal (Refereed)

The purpose of this benchmark is to evaluate the planning and control aspects of robotic in-hand manipulation systems. The goal is to assess the systems ability to change the pose of a hand-held object by either using the fingers, environment or a combination of both. Given an object surface mesh from the YCB data-set, we provide examples of initial and goal states (i.e. static object poses and fingertip locations) for various in-hand manipulation tasks. We further propose metrics that measure the error in reaching the goal state from a specific initial state, which, when aggregated across all tasks, also serves as a measure of the systems in-hand manipulation capability. We provide supporting software, task examples, and evaluation results associated with the benchmark.

• 20. Dai, L.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Stochastic self-triggered model predictive control for linear systems with probabilistic constraints2018In: Automatica, ISSN 0005-1098, E-ISSN 1873-2836, Vol. 92, p. 9-17Article in journal (Refereed)

A stochastic self-triggered model predictive control (SSMPC) algorithm is proposed for linear systems subject to exogenous disturbances and probabilistic constraints. The main idea behind the self-triggered framework is that at each sampling instant, an optimization problem is solved to determine both the next sampling instant and the control inputs to be applied between the two sampling instants. Although the self-triggered implementation achieves communication reduction, the control commands are necessarily applied in open-loop between sampling instants. To guarantee probabilistic constraint satisfaction, necessary and sufficient conditions are derived on the nominal systems by using the information on the distribution of the disturbances explicitly. Moreover, based on a tailored terminal set, a multi-step open-loop MPC optimization problem with infinite prediction horizon is transformed into a tractable quadratic programming problem with guaranteed recursive feasibility. The closed-loop system is shown to be stable. Numerical examples illustrate the efficacy of the proposed scheme in terms of performance, constraint satisfaction, and reduction of both control updates and communications with a conventional time-triggered scheme.

• 21. Dai, L.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Distributed stochastic MPC for systems with parameter uncertainty and disturbances2018In: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, ISSN 1049-8923, E-ISSN 1099-1239, Vol. 28, no 6, p. 2424-2441Article in journal (Refereed)

A distributed stochastic model predictive control algorithm is proposed for multiple linear subsystems with both parameter uncertainty and stochastic disturbances, which are coupled via probabilistic constraints. To handle the probabilistic constraints, the system dynamics is first decomposed into a nominal part and an uncertain part. The uncertain part is further divided into 2 parts: the first one is constrained to lie in probabilistic tubes that are calculated offline through the use of the probabilistic information on disturbances, whereas the second one is constrained to lie in polytopic tubes whose volumes are optimized online and whose facets' orientations are determined offline. By permitting a single subsystem to optimize at each time step, the probabilistic constraints are then reduced into a set of linear deterministic constraints, and the online optimization problem is transformed into a convex optimization problem that can be performed efficiently. Furthermore, compared to a centralized control scheme, the distributed stochastic model predictive control algorithm only requires message transmissions when a subsystem is optimized, thereby offering greater flexibility in communication. By designing a tailored invariant terminal set for each subsystem, the proposed algorithm can achieve recursive feasibility, which, in turn, ensures closed-loop stability of the entire system. A numerical example is given to illustrate the efficacy of the algorithm. Copyright

• 22. Danglot, Benjamin
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Theoretical Computer Science, TCS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Advanced Software Technology Research (CASTOR).
Correctness attraction: a study of stability of software behavior under runtime perturbation2018In: Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, ISSN 1382-3256, E-ISSN 1573-7616, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 2086-2119Article in journal (Refereed)

Can the execution of software be perturbed without breaking the correctness of the output? In this paper, we devise a protocol to answer this question from a novel perspective. In an experimental study, we observe that many perturbations do not break the correctness in ten subject programs. We call this phenomenon “correctness attraction”. The uniqueness of this protocol is that it considers a systematic exploration of the perturbation space as well as perfect oracles to determine the correctness of the output. To this extent, our findings on the stability of software under execution perturbations have a level of validity that has never been reported before in the scarce related work. A qualitative manual analysis enables us to set up the first taxonomy ever of the reasons behind correctness attraction.

• 23.
Huawei Technol Sweden AB, SE-16494 Kista, Sweden.. Paderborn Univ, Chair Automat Control EIME, D-33098 Paderborn, Germany.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Optimal Control of Linear Systems With Limited Control Actions: Threshold-Based Event-Triggered Control2018In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, ISSN 2325-5870, E-ISSN 2168-6750, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 1275-1286Article in journal (Refereed)

We consider a finite-horizon linear-quadratic optimal control problem where only a limited number of control messages are allowed for sending from the controller to the actuator. To restrict the number of control actions computed and transmitted by the controller, we employ a threshold-based event-triggering mechanism that decides whether or not a control message needs to be calculated and delivered. Due to the nature of threshold-based event-triggering algorithms, finding the optimal control sequence requires minimizing a quadratic cost function over a nonconvex domain. In this paper, we first provide an exact solution to this nonconvex problem by solving an exponential number of quadratic programs. To reduce computational complexity, we then propose two efficient heuristic algorithms based on greedy search and the alternating direction method of multipliers technique. Later, we consider a receding horizon control strategy for linear systems controlled by event-triggered controllers, and we further provide a complete stability analysis of receding horizon control that uses finite-horizon optimization in the proposed class. Numerical examples testify to the viability of the presented design technique.

• 24.
Univ North Texas, Dept Elect Engn, Denton, TX 76203 USA..
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. US Army Res Lab, Adelphi, MD 20783 USA.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. Univ North Texas, Dept Elect Engn, Denton, TX 76203 USA..
Distributed Optimization with Dynamic Event-Triggered Mechanisms2018In: 2018 IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC), IEEE , 2018, p. 969-974Conference paper (Refereed)

In this paper, we consider the distributed optimization problem, whose objective is to minimize the global objective function, which is the sum of local convex objective functions, by using local information exchange. To avoid continuous communication among the agents, we propose a distributed algorithm with a dynamic event-triggered communication mechanism. We show that the distributed algorithm with the dynamic event-triggered communication scheme converges to the global minimizer exponentially, if the underlying communication graph is undirected and connected. Moreover, we show that the event-triggered algorithm is free of Zeno behavior. For a particular case, we also explicitly characterize the lower bound for inter-event times. The theoretical results are illustrated by numerical simulations.

• 25.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
The Obstacle-restriction Method for Tele-operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with Restricted Motion2018In: 2018 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL, AUTOMATION, ROBOTICS AND VISION (ICARCV), IEEE , 2018, p. 266-273Conference paper (Refereed)

This paper presents a collision avoidance method for tele-operated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The method is designed to assist the operator at all times, such that the operator can focus solely on the main objectives instead of avoiding obstacles. We restrict the altitude to be fixed in a three dimensional environment to simplify the control and operation of the UAV. The method contributes a number of desired properties not found in other collision avoidance systems for tele-operated UAVs. Our method i) can handle situations where there is no input from the user by actively stopping and proceeding to avoid obstacles, ii) allows the operator to slide between prioritizing staying away from objects and getting close to them in a safe way when so required, and iii) provides for intuitive control by not deviating too far from the control input of the operator. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the method in real world experiments with a physical hexacopter in different indoor scenarios. We also present simulation results where we compare controlling the UAV with and without our method activated.

• 26.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
Continuous system-wide profiling of High Performance Computing parallel applications: Profiling high performance applications2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis

Profiling of an application identifies parts of the code being executed using the hardware performance counters thus providing the application’s performance. Profiling has long been standard in the development process focused on a single execution of a single program. As computing systems have evolved, understanding the bigger picture across multiple machines has become increasingly important. As supercomputing grows in pervasiveness and scale, understanding parallel applications performance and utilization characteristics is critically important, because even minor performance improvements translate into large cost savings. The study surveys various tools for the application. After which, Perfminer was integrated in SCANIA’s Linux clusters to profile CFD and FEA applications exploiting the batch queue system features for continuous system wide profiling, which provides performance insights for high performance applications, with negligible overhead. Perfminer provides stable, accurate profiles and a cluster-scale tool for performance analysis. Perfminer effectively highlights the micro-architectural bottlenecks.

• 27.
Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden..
Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden.;Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Karolinska Inst, Dept Med Biochem & Biophys, Sci Life Lab Stockholm, Chem Biol Consortium Sweden, Solna, Sweden.. Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden.. Univ Helsinki, Inst Mol Med Finland, FIMM, Helsinki, Finland.. Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden.. Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden.;Sprint Biosci, Huddinge, Sweden.. Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Canc Ctr Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden..
Targeting autophagy by small molecule inhibitors of vacuolar protein sorting 34 (Vps34) improves the sensitivity of breast cancer cells to Sunitinib2018In: Cancer Letters, ISSN 0304-3835, E-ISSN 1872-7980, Vol. 435, p. 32-43Article in journal (Refereed)

Resistance to chemotherapy is a challenging problem for treatment of cancer patients and autophagy has been shown to mediate development of resistance. In this study we systematically screened a library of 306 known anti-cancer drugs for their ability to induce autophagy using a cell-based assay. 114 of the drugs were classified as autophagy inducers; for 16 drugs, the cytotoxicity was potentiated by siRNA-mediated knock-down of Atg7 and Vps34. These drugs were further evaluated in breast cancer cell lines for autophagy induction, and two tyrosine kinase inhibitors, Sunitinib and Erlotinib, were selected for further studies. For the pharmacological inhibition of autophagy, we have characterized here a novel highly potent selective inhibitor of Vps34, SB02024. SB02024 blocked autophagy in vitro and reduced xenograft growth of two breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, in vivo. Vps34 inhibitor significantly potentiated cytotoxicity of Sunitinib and Erlotinib in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 in vitro in monolayer cultures and when grown as multicellular spheroids. Our data suggests that inhibition of autophagy significantly improves sensitivity to Sunitinib and Erlotinib and that Vps34 is a promising therapeutic target for combination strategies in breast cancer.

• 28.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Visualisation - Interaction - Collaboration, VIC.
Make people move: Utilizing smartphone motion sensors to capture physical activity within audiences during lectures2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis

It takes only about 10-30 minutes into a sedentary lecture before audience attention is decreasing. There are different ways to avoid this. One is to use a web-based audience response systems (ARS), where the audience interact with the lecturer through their smartphones, and another is to take short breaks, including physical movements, to re-energize both the body and the brain.

In this study, these two methods have been combined and explored. By utilizing the motion sensors that are integrated in almost every smartphone, a physical activity for a lecture audience was created and implemented in the ARS platform Mentimeter. The proof of concept was evaluated in two lectures, based on O’Brien and Toms' model of engagement. The aim was to explore the prerequisites, both in terms of design and implementation, for creating an engaging physical activity within a lecture audience, using smartphone motion sensors to capture movements and a web-based ARS to present the data.

The results showed that the proof of concept was perceived as fun and engaging, where important factors for creating engagement were found to be competition and a balanced level of task difficulty. The study showed that feedback is complicated when it comes to motion gesture interactions, and that there are limitations as to what can be done with smartphone motion sensors using web technologies. There is great potential for further research in how to design an energizing lecture activity using smartphones, as well as in exploring the area of feedback in motion gesture interaction.

• 29. Eliasson, P.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
A stable and conservative coupling of the unsteady compressible navier-stokes equations at interfaces using finite difference and finite volume methods2018In: AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA , 2018, no 210059Conference paper (Refereed)

Stable and conservative interface boundary conditions are developed for the unsteady compressible Navier-Stokes equations using finite difference and finite volume methods. The finite difference approach is based on summation-by-part operators and can be made higher order accurate with boundary conditions imposed weakly. The finite volume approach is an edge- and dual grid-based approach for unstructured grids, formally second order accurate in space, with weak boundary conditions as well. Stable and conservative weak boundary conditions are derived for interfaces between finite difference methods, for finite volume methods and for the coupling between the two approaches. The three types of interface boundary conditions are demonstrated for two test cases. Firstly, inviscid vortex propagation with a known analytical solution is considered. The results show expected error decays as the grid is refined for various couplings and spatial accuracy of the finite difference scheme. The second test case involves viscous laminar flow over a cylinder with vortex shedding. Calculations with various coupling and spatial accuracies of the finite difference solver show that the couplings work as expected and that the higher order finite difference schemes provide enhanced vortex propagation.

• 30.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST).
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Biophysics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Stability, Transition and Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Computational Science and Technology (CST).
e-Science in Scandinavia2018In: Informatik-Spektrum, ISSN 0170-6012, E-ISSN 1432-122X, Vol. 41, no 6, p. 398-404Article in journal (Refereed)
• 31.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Open-loop asymptotically efficient model reduction with the Steiglitz–McBride method2018In: Automatica, ISSN 0005-1098, E-ISSN 1873-2836, Vol. 89, p. 221-234Article in journal (Refereed)

In system identification, it is often difficult to use a physical intuition when choosing a noise model structure. The importance of this choice is that, for the prediction error method (PEM) to provide asymptotically efficient estimates, the model orders must be chosen according to the true system. However, if only the plant estimates are of interest and the experiment is performed in open loop, the noise model can be over-parameterized without affecting the asymptotic properties of the plant. The limitation is that, as PEM suffers in general from non-convexity, estimating an unnecessarily large number of parameters will increase the risk of getting trapped in local minima. Here, we consider the following alternative approach. First, estimate a high-order ARX model with least squares, providing non-parametric estimates of the plant and noise model. Second, reduce the high-order model to obtain a parametric model of the plant only. We review existing methods to do this, pointing out limitations and connections between them. Then, we propose a method that connects favorable properties from the previously reviewed approaches. We show that the proposed method provides asymptotically efficient estimates of the plant with open-loop data. Finally, we perform a simulation study suggesting that the proposed method is competitive with state-of-the-art methods.

• 32.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control).
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Information Science and Engineering. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. Tokyo Inst Technol, Dept Comp Sci, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan..
Two-Way Coding in Control Systems Under Injection Attacks: From Attack Detection to Attack Correction2019In: ICCPS '19: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2019 10TH ACM/IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS / [ed] Ramachandran, GS Ortiz, J, ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2019, p. 141-150Conference paper (Refereed)

In this paper, we introduce the method of two-way coding, a concept originating in communication theory characterizing coding schemes for two-way channels, into (networked) feedback control systems under injection attacks. We first show that the presence of two-way coding can distort the perspective of the attacker on the control system. In general, the distorted viewpoint on the attacker side as a consequence of two-way coding will facilitate detecting the attacks, or restricting what the attacker can do, or even correcting the attack effect. In the particular case of zero-dynamics attacks, if the attacks are to be designed according to the original plant, then they will be easily detected; while if the attacks are designed with respect to the equivalent plant as viewed by the attacker, then under the additional assumption that the plant is stabilizable by static output feedback, the attack effect may be corrected in steady state.

• 33.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Weighted Null-Space Fitting for Cascade Networks with Arbitrary Location of Sensors and Excitation Signals2018In: : 2018 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 4707-4712Conference paper (Refereed)

Identification of a complete dynamic network affected by sensor noise using the prediction error method is often too complex. One of the reasons for this complexity is the requirement to minimize a non-convex cost function, which becomes more difficult with more complex networks. In this paper, we consider serial cascade networks affected by sensor noise. Recently, the Weighted Null-Space Fitting method has been shown to be appropriate for this setting, providing asymptotically efficient estimates without suffering from non-convexity; however, applicability of the method was subject to some conditions on the locations of sensors and excitation signals. In this paper, we drop such conditions, proposing an extension of the method that is applicable to general serial cascade networks. We formulate an algorithm that describes application of the method in a general setting, and perform a simulation study to illustrate the performance of the method, which suggests that this extension is still asymptotically efficient.

• 34.
ABB Corp Res Ctr, S-72226 Vasteras, Sweden..
Univ Groningen, Johann Bernoulli Inst Math & Comp Sci, NL-9712 CP Groningen, Netherlands.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
Stability Analysis of Monotone Systems via Max-Separable Lyapunov Functions2018In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, ISSN 0018-9286, E-ISSN 1558-2523, Vol. 63, no 3, p. 643-656Article in journal (Refereed)

We analyze stability properties of monotone nonlinear systems via max-separable Lyapunov functions, motivated by the following observations: first, recent results have shown that asymptotic stability of a monotone nonlinear system implies the existence of a max-separable Lyapunov function on a compact set; second, for monotone linear systems, asymptotic stability implies the stronger properties of D-stability and insensitivity to time delays. This paper establishes that for monotone nonlinear systems, equivalence holds between asymptotic stability, the existence of a max-separable Lyapunov function, D-stability, and insensitivity to bounded and unbounded time-varying delays. In particular, a new and general notion of D-stability for monotone nonlinear systems is discussed, and a set of necessary and sufficient conditions for delay-independent stability are derived. Examples show how the results extend the state of the art.

• 35.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Robust decentralised navigation of multi-agent systems with collision avoidance and connectivity maintenance using model predictive controllers2018In: International Journal of Control, ISSN 0020-7179, E-ISSN 1366-5820Article in journal (Other academic)

, with static obstacles. In particular, we propose a decentralised control protocol such that each agent reaches a predefined position at the workspace, while using local information based on a limited sensing radius. The proposed scheme guarantees that the initially connected agents remain always connected. In addition, by introducing certain distance constraints, we guarantee inter-agent collision avoidance as well as collision avoidance with the obstacles and the boundary of the workspace. The proposed controllers employ a class of Decentralized Nonlinear Model Predictive Controllers (DNMPC) under the presence of disturbances and uncertainties. Finally, simulation results verify the validity of the proposed framework.

• 36.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
Parametric Identification Using Weighted Null-Space Fitting2019In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, ISSN 0018-9286, E-ISSN 1558-2523, Vol. 64, no 7, p. 2798-2813Article in journal (Refereed)

In identification of dynamical systems, the prediction error method with a quadratic cost function provides asymptotically efficient estimates under Gaussian noise, but in general it requires solving a nonconvex optimization problem, which may imply convergence to nonglobal minima. An alternative class of methods uses a nonparametric model as intermediate step to obtain the model of interest. Weighted null-space fitting (WNSF) belongs to this class, starting with the estimate of a nonparametric ARX model with least squares. Then, the reduction to a parametric model is a multistep procedure where each step consists of the solution of a quadratic optimization problem, which can be obtained with weighted least squares. The method is suitable for both open- and closed-loop data, and can be applied to many common parametric model structures, including output-error, ARMAX, and Box-Jenkins. The price to pay is the increase of dimensionality in the nonparametric model, which needs to tend to infinity as function of the sample size for certain asymptotic statistical properties to hold. In this paper, we conduct a rigorous analysis of these properties: namely, consistency, and asymptotic efficiency. Also, we perform a simulation study illustrating the performance of WNSF and identify scenarios where it can be particularly advantageous compared with state-of-the-art methods.

• 37.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Hong Kong Univ Sci & Technol, Elect & Comp Engn, Kowloon, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, Peoples R China.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. Hong Kong Univ Sci & Technol, Elect & Comp Engn, Kowloon, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, Peoples R China.. Nanyang Technol Univ, Sch Elect & Elect Engn, Singapore 639798, Singapore..
Stochastic Optimal Control of Dynamic Queue Systems: A Probabilistic Perspective2018In: 2018 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL, AUTOMATION, ROBOTICS AND VISION (ICARCV), IEEE , 2018, p. 837-842Conference paper (Refereed)

Queue overflow of a dynamic queue system gives rise to the information loss (or packet loss) in the communication buffer or the decrease of throughput in the transportation network. This paper investigates a stochastic optimal control problem for dynamic queue systems when imposing probability constraints on queue overflows. We reformulate this problem as a Markov decision process (MDP) with safety constraints. We prove that both finite-horizon and infinite-horizon stochastic optimal control for MDP with such constraints can be transformed as a linear program (LP), respectively. Feasibility conditions are provided for the finite-horizon constrained control problem. Two implementation algorithms are designed under the assumption that only the state (not the state distribution) can be observed at each time instant. Simulation results compare optimal cost and state distribution among different scenarios, and show the probability constraint satisfaction by the proposed algorithms.

• 38.
US Army Res Lab, Adelphi, MD 20783 USA..
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. Univ North Texas, Dept Elect Engn, Denton, TX 76203 USA..
Distributed Robust Dynamic Average Consensus with Dynamic Event-Triggered Communication2018In: 2018 IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC), IEEE , 2018, p. 434-439Conference paper (Refereed)

This paper presents the formulation and analysis of a fully distributed dynamic event-triggered communication based robust dynamic average consensus algorithm. Dynamic average consensus problem involves a networked set of agents estimating the time-varying average of dynamic reference signals locally available to individual agents. We propose an asymptotically stable solution to the dynamic average consensus problem that is robust to network disruptions. Since this robust algorithm requires continuous communication among agents, we introduce a novel dynamic event-triggered communication scheme to reduce the overall inter-agent communications. It is shown that the event-triggered algorithm is asymptotically stable and free of Zeno behavior. Numerical simulations are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

• 39.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. Univ Newcastle, Sch Elect Engn & Comp Sci, Callaghan, NSW, Australia..
An asymptotically optimal indirect approach to continuous-time system identification2018In: 2018 IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC), IEEE , 2018, p. 638-643Conference paper (Refereed)

The indirect approach to continuous-time system identification consists in estimating continuous-time models by first determining an appropriate discrete-time model. For a zero-order hold sampling mechanism, this approach usually leads to a transfer function estimate with relative degree 1, independent of the relative degree of the strictly proper real system. In this paper, a refinement of these methods is developed. Inspired by the indirect prediction error method, we propose an estimator that enforces a fixed relative degree in the continuous-time transfer function estimate, and show that the estimator is consistent and asymptotically efficient. Extensive numerical simulations are put forward to show the performance of this estimator when contrasted with other indirect and direct methods for continuous-time system identification.

• 40.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Human-in-the-Loop Mixed-Initiative Control under Temporal Tasks2018In: 2018 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA), IEEE Computer Society, 2018, p. 6395-6400Conference paper (Refereed)

This paper considers the motion control and task planning problem of mobile robots under complex high-level tasks and human initiatives. The assigned task is specified as Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) formulas that consist of hard and soft constraints. The human initiative influences the robot autonomy in two explicit ways: with additive terms in the continuous controller and with contingent task assignments. We propose an online coordination scheme that encapsulates (i) a mixed-initiative continuous controller that ensures all-time safety despite of possible human errors, (ii) a plan adaptation scheme that accommodates new features discovered in the workspace and short-term tasks assigned by the operator during run time, and (iii) an iterative inverse reinforcement learning (IRL) algorithm that allows the robot to asymptotically learn the human preference on the parameters during the plan synthesis. The results are demonstrated by both realistic human-in-the-loop simulations and experiments.

• 41. Guo, Meng
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
Hybrid Control of Multiagent Systems With Contingent Temporal Tasks and Prescribed Formation Constraints2017In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, ISSN 2325-5870, E-ISSN 2168-6750, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 781-792Article in journal (Refereed)

In this paper, we present a distributed hybrid control strategy for multiagent systems with contingent temporal tasks and prescribed formation constraints. Each agent is assigned a local task given as a linear temporal logic formula. In addition, two commonly seen kinds of cooperative robotic tasks, namely, service and formation, are requested and exchanged among the agents in real time. The service request is a short-term task provided by one agent to another. On the other hand, the formation request is a relative deployment requirement with predefined transient response imposed by an associated performance function. The proposed hybrid control strategy consists of four major components: 1) the contingent requests handlingmodule; 2) the real-time events monitoring module; 3) the local discrete plan synthesis module; and 4) the continuous control switching module, and it is shown that all local tasks and contingent service/formation requests are fulfilled. Finally, a simulated paradigm demonstrates the proposed control strategy.

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KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Robotics, perception and learning, RPL. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
Distributed hybrid control synthesis for multi-agent systems from high-level specifications2018In: Control Subject to Computational and Communication Constraints, Springer Verlag , 2018, 475, p. 241-260Chapter in book (Refereed)

Current control applications necessitate in many cases the consideration of systems with multiple interconnected components. These components/agents may need to fulfill high-level tasks at a discrete planning layer and also coupled constraints at the continuous control layer. Toward this end, the need for combined decentralized control at the continuous layer and planning at the discrete layer becomes apparent. While there are approaches that handle the problem in a top-down centralized manner, decentralized bottom-up approaches have not been pursued to the same extent. We present here some of our results for the problem of combined, hybrid control and task planning from high-level specifications for multi-agent systems in a bottom-up manner. In the first part, we present some initial results on extending the necessary notion of abstractions to multi-agent systems in a distributed fashion. We then consider a setup where agents are assigned individual tasks in the form of linear temporal logic (LTL) formulas and derive local task planning strategies for each agent. In the last part, the problem of combined distributed task planning and control under coupled continuous constraints is further considered.

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Hong Kong Univ Sci & Technol, Dept Elect & Comp Engn, Hong Kong, Peoples R China. hi, Dawei.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Worst-Case Innovation-Based Integrity Attacks With Side Information on mote State Estimation2019In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, ISSN 2325-5870, E-ISSN 2168-6750, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 48-59Article in journal (Refereed)

In this paper, we study the worst-case consequence of innovation-based tegrity attacks with side information in a remote state estimation enario where a sensor transmits its measurement to a remote estimator uipped with a false-data detector. If a malicious attacker is not only le to compromise the transmitted data packet but also able to measure e system state itself, the attack strategy can be designed based on e intercepted data, the sensing data, or alternatively the combined formation. Surprisingly, we show that launching attacks using the mbined information are not always optimal. First, we characterize the ealthiness constraints for different types of attack strategies to oid being noticed by the false-data detector. Then, we derive the olution of the remote estimation error covariance in the presence of tacks, based on which the worst-case attack policies are obtained by lving convex optimization problems. Furthermore, the closed-form pressions of the worst-case attacks are obtained for scalar systems d the attack consequences are compared with the existing work to termine which strategy is more critical in deteriorating system rformance. Simulation examples are provided to illustrate the alytical results.

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Univ Newcastle, Sch Elect Engn & Comp, Newcastle, NSW, Australia..
Univ Newcastle, Sch Elect Engn & Comp, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
An analysis of the SPARSEVA estimate for the finite sample data case2018In: Automatica, ISSN 0005-1098, E-ISSN 1873-2836, Vol. 96, p. 141-149Article in journal (Refereed)

In this paper, we develop an upper bound for the SPARSEVA (SPARSe Estimation based on a VAlidation criterion) estimation error in a general scheme, i.e., when the cost function is strongly convex and the regularized norm is decomposable for a pair of subspaces. We show how this general bound can be applied to a sparse regression problem to obtain an upper bound of the estimation error for the traditional I-1 SPARSEVA problem. Numerical results are used to illustrate the effectiveness of the suggested bound.

• 45.
Keio Univ, Dept Appl Phys & Physicoinformat, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan..
Keio Univ, Dept Appl Phys & Physicoinformat, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Energy-aware networked control systems under temporal logic specifications2018In: 2018 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 132-139Conference paper (Refereed)

In recent years, event and self-triggered control have been proposed as energy-aware control strategies to expand the life-time of battery powered devices in Networked Control Systems (NCSs). In contrast to the previous works in which their control objective is to achieve stability, this paper presents a novel energy-aware control scheme for achieving high level specifications, or more specifically, temporal logic specifications. Inspired by the standard hierarchical strategy that has been proposed in the field of formal control synthesis paradigm, we propose a new abstraction procedure for jointly synthesizing control and communication strategies, such that the communication reduction in NCSs and the satisfaction of the temporal logic specifications are guaranteed. The benefits of the proposal are illustrated through a numerical example.

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Osaka Univ, Grad Sch Engn Sci, Toyonaka, Osaka 5600043, Japan..
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Synthesizing Communication Plans for Reachability and Safety Specifications2020In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, ISSN 0018-9286, E-ISSN 1558-2523, Vol. 65, no 2, p. 561-576Article in journal (Refereed)

We propose control and communication strategies for nonlinear networked control systems subject to state and input constraints. The objective is to steer the state of the system toward a prescribed target set in finite time (reachability), while at the same time remaining inside a safety set for all time (safety). By leveraging the notion of the $\delta$-input-to-state stability (ISS) control Lyapunov function, we derive a sufficient condition to generate a communication scheduling, such that the resulting state trajectory guarantees reachability and safety. Moreover, in order to alleviate computational burden, we present a way to find a suitable communication scheduling by implementing abstraction schemes and standard graph search methodologies. Simulation examples validate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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Natl Tech Univ Athens, Dept Mech Engn, Control Syst Lab, 9 Heroon Polytech St, Zografos 15780, Greece..
Natl Tech Univ Athens, Dept Mech Engn, Control Syst Lab, 9 Heroon Polytech St, Zografos 15780, Greece.. Natl Tech Univ Athens, Dept Mech Engn, Control Syst Lab, 9 Heroon Polytech St, Zografos 15780, Greece.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS. Natl Tech Univ Athens, Dept Mech Engn, Control Syst Lab, 9 Heroon Polytech St, Zografos 15780, Greece..
A robust interaction control approach for underwater vehicle manipulator systems2018In: Annual Reviews in Control, ISSN 1367-5788, E-ISSN 1872-9088, Vol. 46, p. 315-325Article, review/survey (Refereed)

In underwater robotic interaction tasks (e.g., sampling of sea organisms, underwater welding, panel handling, etc) various issues regarding the uncertainties and complexity of the robot dynamic model, the external disturbances (e.g., sea currents), the steady state performance as well as the overshooting/undershooting of the interaction force error, should be addressed during the control design. Motivated by the aforementioned considerations, this paper presents a force/position tracking control protocol for an Underwater Vehicle Manipulator System (UVMS) in compliant contact with a planar surface, without incorporating any knowledge of the UVMS dynamic model, the exogenous disturbances or the contact stiffness model. Moreover, the proposed control framework guarantees: (i) certain predefined minimum speed of response, maximum steady state error as well as overshoot/undershoot concerning the force/position tracking errors, (ii) contact maintenance and (iii) bounded closed loop signals. Additionally, the achieved transient and steady state performance is solely determined by certain designer-specified performance functions/parameters and is fully decoupled from the control gain selection and the initial conditions. Finally, both simulation and experimental studies clarify the proposed method and verify its efficiency.

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Seoul Natl Univ, Dept Mech & Aerosp Engn, Seoul, South Korea..
Seoul Natl Univ, Dept Mech & Aerosp Engn, Seoul, South Korea.. Hankyong Natl Univ, Dept Elect Elect & Control Engn, Anseong, South Korea.. Seoul Natl Univ, Dept Mech & Aerosp Engn, Seoul, South Korea.. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Decision and Control Systems (Automatic Control). KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
Efficient networked UAV control using event-triggered predictive control2019In: IFAC PAPERSONLINE, ELSEVIER , 2019, Vol. 52, no 15, p. 412-417Conference paper (Refereed)

In this paper, we propose a method to improve the networked UAV control system using event-triggered control and model predictive control (MPC). Although the UAV control over the network has many advantages, it involves a long-time delay and packet loss, which adversely affect real-time control performance. Delay compensation algorithms in the networked control system (NCS) have been proposed to address such issues, however, they do not consider the resource limit of the network so that the network congestion may occur. In that case, the packet loss and network delay issues can even be worsened. In this study, we propose a method to reduce the generation of less important control signals and to use the network more efficiently by using event-triggered control. Since the event-triggered control method is also influenced by the network delay, an event trigger function suitable for NCS is designed. We validated the effectiveness of networked UAV control system and event-triggered control by simulation.

• 49.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, Centre for High Performance Computing, PDC.
Improving Strong Scalability Limits of Finite Element Based Solvers2019Conference paper (Refereed)

Current finite element codes scale reasonably well as long as each core has sufficient amount of local work that can balance communication costs. However, achieving efficient performance at exascale will require unreasonable large problem sizes, in particular for low-order methods, where the small amount of work per element already is a limiting factor on current post petascale machines. One of the key bottlenecks for these methods is sparse matrix assembly, where communication latency starts to limit performance as the number of cores increases. We present our work on improving strong scalability limits of message passing based general low-order finite element based solvers. Using lightweight one-sided communication, we demonstrate that the scalability of performance critical, latency sensitive kernels can achieve almost an order of magnitude better scalability. We introduce a new hybrid MPI/PGAS implementation of the open source general finite element framework FEniCS, replacing the linear algebra backend with a new library written in UPC. A detailed description of the implementation and the hybrid interface to FEniCS is given, and we present a detailed performance study of the hybrid implementation on Cray XC40 machines.

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KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Information Science and Engineering.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Information Science and Engineering.
Mutual Information Preserving Analysis of a Single Layer Feedforward Network2018In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems, VDE Verlag GmbH , 2018Conference paper (Refereed)

We construct a single layer feed forward network and analyze the constructed system using information theoretic tools, such as mutual information and data processing inequality. We derive a threshold on the number of hidden nodes required to achieve a good classification performance. Classification performance is expected to saturate as we increase the number of hidden nodes more than the threshold. The threshold is further verified by experimental studies on benchmark datasets. Index Terms-Neural networks, mutual information, extreme learning machine, invertible function.

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