Rate of Prefix-free Codes in LQG Control Systems with Side Information

01/22/2021 ∙ by Travis C. Cuvelier, et al. ∙ 0

In this work, we study an LQG control system where one of two feedback channels is discrete and incurs a communication cost. We assume that a decoder (co-located with the controller) can make noiseless measurements of a subset of the state vector (referred to as side information) meanwhile a remote encoder (co-located with a sensor) can make arbitrary measurements of the entire state vector, but must convey its measurements to the decoder over a noiseless binary channel. Use of the channel incurs a communication cost, quantified as the time-averaged expected length of prefix-free binary codeword. We study the tradeoff between the communication cost and control performance. The formulation motivates a constrained directed information minimization problem, which can be solved via convex optimization. Using the optimization, we propose a quantizer design and a subsequent achievability result.

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