The world is becoming increasingly connected, from Internet of Things and social networks, to ‘big data’ and cloud computing. Networked systems are not just relevant to information technology, they are already moving into the engineering and cyber-physical systems domains.
Building on world-leading research at ANU in ‘systems and control’, we study networked systems of agents that have the ability to sense, compute, communicate and interact. In particular, we are developing design methodologies for networked systems such as static and mobile sensor networks, and formations of unmanned airborne vehicles. Defence agencies are early users of our discoveries, but civilian applications are also emerging. Such spatially distributed systems typically contain many agents. Therefore, we are investigating the architectural principles linked with overlapping sensing, communications and control functions, so that designs are well tailored to their tasks, which include information consensus and synchronisation.