Event-Triggered Distributed Average Consensus Over Directed Digital Networks With Limited Communication Bandwidth. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we consider the event-triggered distributed average-consensus of discrete-time first-order multiagent systems with limited communication data rate and general directed network topology. In the framework of digital communication network, each agent has a real-valued state but can only exchange finite-bit binary symbolic data sequence with its neighborhood agents at each time step due to the digital communication channels with energy constraints. Novel event-triggered dynamic encoder and decoder for each agent are designed, based on which a distributed control algorithm is proposed. A scheme that selects the number of channel quantization level (number of bits) at each time step is developed, under which all the quantizers in the network are never saturated. The convergence rate of consensus is explicitly characterized, which is related to the scale of network, the maximum degree of nodes, the network structure, the scaling function, the quantization interval, the initial states of agents, the control gain and the event gain. It is also found that under the designed event-triggered protocol, by selecting suitable parameters, for any directed digital network containing a spanning tree, the distributed average consensus can be always achieved with an exponential convergence rate based on merely one bit information exchange between each pair of adjacent agents at each time step. Two simulation examples are provided to illustrate the feasibility of presented protocol and the correctness of the theoretical results.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Trans Cybern

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, H., Chen, G., Huang, T., Dong, Z., Zhu, W., & Gao, L.

citation count

  • 122

complete list of authors

  • Li, Huaqing||Chen, Guo||Huang, Tingwen||Dong, Zhaoyang||Zhu, Wei||Gao, Lan

publication date

  • December 2016