CDC 2015 Workshop


Distributed Autonomy and Human-Machine Networks

54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

​Monday, December 14, 2015





Technological advancements in sensing, communications, and embedded computation have led to a world of increasingly complex and interconnected systems. Future intelligent infrastructure systems in application domains such as energy, transportation, communication, or even the internet-of-things, will involve networks of devices that not only are sensing but also reacting to an evolving environment. Two primary challenges to the design of such systems are (i) distributed autonomy, in which no single entity has full information or capacity to induce collective coordination, and (ii) human-machine interaction, in which a complex network is comprised of both devices and humans. Motivated by the ongoing and increasing interest in these topics, the workshop will discuss distributed autonomy with an emphasis on human modeling and networked human-machine interaction. The workshop will consist of four sessions entitled:
  • ​Distributed autonomy;
  • Modeling group decisions;
  • Modeling individual decisions;
  • Focus on transportation networks.
Talks will present a combination of tutorial material, recent work, and future challenges in a broadly accessible manner. These sessions are in addition to an initial motivating presentation and a concluding future direction discussion. The list of speakers includes both junior and senior researchers and reflects a varied background in systems and controls as well as economics and computer science.​



  • ​Opening
    • 0900-0930: Introduction and Motivation (Shamma) slides
  • Session #1: Distributed Autonomy
    • 0930-1010: Architectures for distributed autonomy: Interdependent multigraphs models (Baras) slides
    • 1010-1050: Game theory and collective influence (Shamma)​​ slides
  • break 1050-1130
  • Session #2: Focus On Transportation Networks
    • 1130-1210: Problems of decentralized decision making in commercial aviation (Feron)
    • 1210-1250: Dynamic traffic flow over networks (Savla) slides
  • lunch 1250-1400
  • ​​Session #3: Modeling Group Decisions
    • 1400-1440: Robust mechanisms for social coordination (Marden) slides
    • 1440-1520: Information sharing and coordination in global games (Touri) slides
  • break 1520-1600
  • Session #4: Modeling Individual Decisions
    • 1600-1640Managing operator workload in mixed-initiative decision systems (Martins) 
    • 1640-1720: Human behavioral laboratory studies of ‘noise’ in games (Nax) slides
    • 1720-1800Models of human decision-making in multi-armed bandit problems (Srivastava/Leonard)​ slides​