TUM-IAS Visiting Fellow Prof. BDO Anderson (ANU) at ITR

We are glad to welcome Prof. Brian Anderson from September, 9th until September, 22nd, 2013 at our Institute.

Prof. Anderson is a very distinguished professor at the Australian National University and researcher in National ICT Australia. His current research interests include distributed control, sensor networks and econometric modelling. To find out more about him, please go to


During his stay he will give a seminar on "Local Average Consensus". It will take place on Sept 13,2013 at 1:30pm in the ITR seminar room, Barerstr. 21. Interested students and colleagues are welcome to attend.




We study a new variant of consensus problems, termed ‘local average consensus’, in networks of agents. We consider the task of using sensor networks to perform distributed measurement of a parameter which has both spatial (in this paper 1D) and temporal variations. The aim is to maintain potentially useful local information regarding spatial variation, as contrasted with reaching a single, global consensus, as well as to mitigate the effect of measurement errors. At the same time, the usual communication constraints derived from the underlying graphical structure must be respected in the algorithms.

We consider spatial and temporal frequency response , the effect of random positioning of sensors, with the majority but not all the results being limited to path graphs, i.e. graphs associated with a one dimensional network.




Brian Anderson was born in Sydney, Australia, and educated at Sydney University in mathematics and electrical engineering, with a subsequent

PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.   He is a

Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University and Distinguished Researcher in National ICT Australia. His awards include the Bode Prize of the IEEE Control System Society in 1992, the IEEE Control Systems Award of 1997, the IFAC Quazza Medal in 1999,  the 2001 IEEE James H Mulligan, Jr Education Medal, and, as well as several IEEE and other best paper prizes. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Society, and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering. He holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities, including Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and ETH, Zürich. He is a past president of the International Federation of Automatic Control and the Australian Academy of Science.

His current research interests are in distributed control, sensor networks and econometric modeling.