SCONES 1 - Symposium on Control Network Systems

The first Symposium on the COntrol of NEtwork Systems (SCONES) was held on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

SCONES marked the launch of the IEEE Transactions on Network Control Systems (TCNS), a new IEEE Transactions, sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society with technical co-sponsors the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

SCONES was a celebration of the inaugural issue of the TCNS, published in March 2014, and offered a forward-looking view to where the field is going. All authors with papers in the inaugural issue were invited to the Symposium; each paper was given a slot for one of the authors to present the results to the audience. SCONES also featured a number of invited sessions on topics of interest to TCNS. Each Symposium day featured a poster session for accepted posters.

TCNS publishes high-quality papers on systems with interconnected components. It focuses primarily on problems related to the control of network systems but is also open to contributions concerning their design, study, engineering, optimization, and emerging behavior as these can inform and guide design and control. The scope of TCNS is described on the TCNS site and the Symposium’s scope coincides with that of TCNS.

The organizers
Yannis Paschalidis and Magnus Egerstedt

Acknowledgments: SCONES was sponsored by the Outreach Fund of the IEEE Control Systems Society and by the Center for Information and Systems Engineering at Boston University.

Begin End Talk Title Speakers
8:00AM 8:25AM Breakfast
8:25AM 8:45AM TCNS turning 1-year old Yannis Paschalidis,
Magnus Egerstedt

Inaugural Issue Session 1: Control and Optimization of Electric Power Networks

Chair: Michael Caramanis

8:45AM 9:15AM Compositional Transient Stability Analysis of Multi-Machine Power Networks Sina Y. Caliskan, Paulo Tabuada
9:15AM 9:45AM Convex Relaxation of Optimal Power Flow, Part I: Formulation and Equivalence Steven Low
9:45AM 10:15AM Break and Poster Session

Inaugural Issue Session 2: Resource Allocation and Routing in Networks

Chair: Edwin Chong

10:15AM 10:45AM An O(1/k) Gradient Method for Network Resource Allocation Problems Amir Beck, Angelia Nedich, Asu Ozdaglar, Marc Teboulle
10:45AM 11:15AM Turn Prohibition Algorithms for Deadlock Prevention in Computer Networks Mark Karpovsky, Lev Levitin, Mehmet Mustafa
11:15AM 11:45AM Optimal Routing and Energy Allocation for Lifetime Maximization of Wireless Sensor Networks with Non-Ideal Batteries Christos G. Cassandras, Tao Wang, Sepideh Pourazarm
11:45AM 12:15PM Optimal Resource Allocation for Network Protection Against Spreading Processes Victor M. Preciado, Michael Zargham, Chinwendu Enyioha, Ali Jadbabaie, George J. Pappas
12:15PM 1:45PM Lunch and Poster Session

Invited Session 1: Communication Networks and Systems

Organizers and Chairs: Massimo Franceschetti/Angelia Nedich

1:45PM 2:15PM On the Meaning and Implications of “N” in “CNS” John Baras, University of Maryland, USA
2:15PM 2:45PM Structural Analysis of Biological Networks Elisa Franco, University of California, Riverside, USA
2:45PM 3:15PM Towards a Theory of Social Dynamics Over Networks Massimo Franceschetti, University of California, San Diego, USA
3:15PM 3:45PM Break and Poster Session

Invited Session 2: Biological Networks

Organizers and Chairs: Calin Belta and Yannis Paschalidis

3:45PM 4:15PM Cracking the Bio-electric Code: Voltage Networks in Non-Neural Cells as Controls of Biological Growth and Form Michael Levin, Tufts University, USA
4:15PM 4:45PM A Control Theoretic Framework for the Analysis and Design of Biological Networks Domitilla del Vecchio, MIT, USA
4:45PM 5:15PM From Genome-scale to Ecosystem-Level Metabolic Networks Daniel Segrè, Boston University, USA
5:15PM 7:00PM Reception  BU Castle


Begin End Talk Title Speakers
8:00AM 8:30AM Breakfast

Inaugural Issue Session 3: Control of Dynamic Networks

Chair:Mario di Bernardo

8:30AM 9:00AM Optimal Control of Scalar Conservation Laws using Linear/Quadratic Programming: Application to Transportation Networks Yanning Li, Edward Canepa, Christian Claudel
9:00AM 9:30AM Controllability Metrics, Limitations and Algorithms for Complex Networks Fabio Pasqualetti, Sandro Zampieri, Francesco Bullo
9:30AM 10:00AM Distributed Control with Low-Rank Coordination Daria Madjidian, Leonid Mirkin
10:00AM 10:30AM Break and Poster Session

Invited Session 3: Cyber-Physical Systems

Organizers and Chairs: Carlos Canudas-de-Wit and Christos Cassandras

10:30AM 11:00AM Resilient Distributed Control of Dynamical Flow Networks Giacomo Como, Lund University, Sweden
11:00AM 11:30AM Distributed Algorithms for Traffic Signal Control with Finite Queue Capacities Emilio Frazzoli, MIT, USA
11:30AM 12:00PM Distributed Games in Traffic Ramp Metering Carlos Canudas-de-Wit, Polytechnic of Grenoble, France
12:00PM 1:00PM Lunch and Poster Session

Invited Session 4: Social and Economic Networks

Organizer and Chair: Jeff Shamma

1:00PM 1:30PM Systemic Risk in Finance Munther Dahleh, MIT, USA
1:30PM 2:00PM Dynamic Pricing in Social Networks:
The Word of Mouth Effect
Ali Jadbabaie, University of Pennsylvania, USA
2:00PM 2:30PM Rapid Innovation Diffusion in Social Networks  Gabriel Kreindler, MIT, USA
2:30PM 3:00PM Break and Poster Session

Inaugural Issue Session 4: Dynamic Decision Making in Social Networks

Chair: Magnus Egerstedt

3:00PM 3:30PM Message Passing Optimization of Harmonic Influence Centrality

Luca Vassio, Fabio Fagnani,
Paolo Frasca, Asu Ozdaglar

3:30PM 4:00PM Collective Decision-Making in Ideal Networks: The Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff Vaibhav Srivastava,
Naomi Leonard
4:00PM 4:10PM Closing Remarks

SCONES 2: Agenda day 2: Link to Abstracts