A. Alavian and M.C. Rotkowitz
Q-Parametrization and an SDP for H-optimal Decentralized Control
Proceedings of the 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems,
pp. 301-308, September 2013.


We consider the problem of finding decentralized controllers to optimize an H-norm. This can be cast as a convex optimization problem when certain conditions are satisfied, but it is an infinite-dimensional problem that still cannot be addressed with existing methods. We use Q-parametrization to approach the original problem with a sequence of finite-dimensional problems. A method is discussed to solve the resulting finite-dimensional approximated convex problem. It is then shown how this problem can be cast as a semidefinite program and generally solved much more efficiently.