Neural-Network-Based Fully Distributed Adaptive Consensus for a Class of Uncertain Multiagent Systems

IEEE Trans Neural Netw Learn Syst. 2021 Jul;32(7):2965-2977. doi: 10.1109/TNNLS.2020.3009098. Epub 2021 Jul 6.


In this article, we revisit the problem of distributed neuroadaptive consensus for uncertain multiagent systems (MASs) in the presence of unmodeled nonlinearities as well as unknown disturbances. Robust consensus controllers comprising a linear feedback term, a discontinuous feedback term, and a neural network approximation term are constructed, where in each term, the weight part is endowed with some dynamical changing law. The asymptotic convergence of the consensus errors is theoretically proved based on the graph theory, nonsmooth analysis, and Barbalat's lemma. Both leaderless consensus and leader-follower tracking problems are considered before the results are further extended to containment problem in the presence of multileaders. A dramatic feature of the proposed method, in comparison with related works, is the fully distributed fashion of the information, requiring neither the underlying Laplacian eigenvalues nor the input upper bounds of the leaders (if exist). Several numerical examples are presented to testify the theoretical results.