TY - JOUR

T1 - Impossibility Results for Constrained Control of Stochastic Systems

AU - Cetinkaya, Ahmet

AU - Kishida, Masako

N1 - Funding Information:
This work was supported by JST ERATO HASUO Metamathematics for Systems Design Project under Grant JPMJER1603
Publisher Copyright:
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PY - 2021/12/1

Y1 - 2021/12/1

N2 - Strictly unstable linear systems under additive and nonvanishing stochastic noise with unbounded supports are known to be impossible to stabilize by using deterministically constrained control inputs. In this article, similar impossibility results are obtained for the scenarios where the control input is probabilistically constrained and the support of the noise distribution is not necessarily unbounded. In particular, control policies that have bounded time-averaged second moments are considered. It is shown that for such control policies, there are critical average moment bounds, below which second moment stabilization of a linear stochastic system is not possible, and moreover, second moment of the state diverges regardless of the choice of control policy and the initial state distribution. Nonnegative-definite Hermitian matrices are exploited to extract sufficient instability conditions that can be assessed by using the eigenstructure of the system matrix and the distribution of the noise. The results indicate that in certain networked control system settings with noise, designing stabilizing constrained controllers is an impossible task, if the probability of successful transmissions of control commands over the network is known to be too small in average.

AB - Strictly unstable linear systems under additive and nonvanishing stochastic noise with unbounded supports are known to be impossible to stabilize by using deterministically constrained control inputs. In this article, similar impossibility results are obtained for the scenarios where the control input is probabilistically constrained and the support of the noise distribution is not necessarily unbounded. In particular, control policies that have bounded time-averaged second moments are considered. It is shown that for such control policies, there are critical average moment bounds, below which second moment stabilization of a linear stochastic system is not possible, and moreover, second moment of the state diverges regardless of the choice of control policy and the initial state distribution. Nonnegative-definite Hermitian matrices are exploited to extract sufficient instability conditions that can be assessed by using the eigenstructure of the system matrix and the distribution of the noise. The results indicate that in certain networked control system settings with noise, designing stabilizing constrained controllers is an impossible task, if the probability of successful transmissions of control commands over the network is known to be too small in average.

KW - Constrained control

KW - Instability analysis

KW - Networked control

KW - Stability analysis

KW - Stochastic systems

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U2 - 10.1109/TAC.2021.3059842

DO - 10.1109/TAC.2021.3059842

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85100915347

SN - 0018-9286

VL - 66

SP - 5974

EP - 5981

JO - IRE Transactions on Automatic Control

JF - IRE Transactions on Automatic Control

IS - 12

ER -