IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference
Long Beach, CA

Opening Remark/Keynote Speaker

Characterization of Connectivity in Asymmetric Networks with Application to Data Aggregation in Underwater Sensor Networks

Time: Nov 13, 2023 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 837 4600 5816

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amir Aghdam

Connectivity of an asymmetric network represented by a weighted digraph is investigated in this work. A novel distributed algorithm based on the subspace consensus approach is introduced to compute the generalized algebraic connectivity as connectivity measure of asymmetric networks from the viewpoint of each node. After properly transforming the Laplacian matrix of the network, two sequences of one-dimensional and two-dimensional subspaces are generated iteratively by each node in a distributed manner such that one of them converges to the desired subspace spanned by the eigenvector(s) associated with the eigenvalue(s) representing the network’s generalized algebraic connectivity. The convergence analysis of the distributed algorithm is subsequently provided under some assumptions. The efficiency of the developed algorithm in computing the network connectivity is demonstrated by simulations.

Short Bio:
Amir G. Aghdam (Fellow, IEEE; Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada) received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2000.

He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, and an Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. He was a Visiting Scholar with Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Canada, in the fall of 2015 and was an Associate with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from September 2015 to December 2016.

Dr. Aghdam is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Chair of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL. He served as an Associate Editor for several IEEE journals, including IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY and IEEE ACCESS. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committee of several conferences, including the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC) and the IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control (IEEE MSC). He was a member of the Review Committee for the Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency (ANVUR) from 2012-2013 and a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ECE Evaluation Group from 2014-2016. He received the 2009 IEEE MGA Achievement Award and the 2020 IEEE Canada J.M. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. He was the 2014-2015 President of IEEE Canada and Director (Region 7), IEEE, Inc., and was also a member of the IEEE Awards Board for this period. He was a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee and IEEE MGA Awards and Recognition Committee. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Medals Council and a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE. His research interests include distributed control of interconnected systems, sensor networks and optimization.