Societal infrastructure systems are becoming ‘smart’ through an integration of their physical infrastructure with cyber infrastructure. Further, these systems are becoming deeply integrated among themselves. The promise of these trends is increased efficiency, safety, and sustainability; however, properly harnessing the resulting complexity of these cyber-physical-human systems to realize that promise is both
challenging and exciting. For the field of control theory, new questions emerge as we try to utilize the possibility of distributed control of such systems using granular data. I will cover two examples from our recent work — data driven modeling and control of transportation systems and phantom demand response in power grid — that illustrate this theme.
Vijay Gupta is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, having joined the faculty in January 2008. He received the 2013 Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council and a 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. His research and teaching interests are broadly at the interface of communication, control, distributed computation, and human decision making.