Symposium on the COntrol of NEtwork Systems (SCONES)

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SCONES_2017_Day01_0011The Symposium on the Control of Network Systems (SCONES) took place on October 16 & 17, 2017 on the campus of Boston University, in Boston, MA.  This event highlighted the increasing role of networks to a plethora of diverse areas, including game theory and distributed optimization, power, multi-agent and robotic, biological, and social networks & transportation. “It was a highly engaging, single-track workshop with fascinating talks and many opportunities to be exposed to new ideas and interact with colleagues. The talks served as proof for the expanding impact of computational methods to these areas,” said Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE, BME, SE), an Engineering Professor at Boston University, and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.

Ioannis Paschalidis, IEEE TCNS Editor-in-Chief
Ioannis Paschalidis, IEEE TCNS Editor-in-Chief

The breadth of topics within network systems and the depth of the presentations led to a vibrant two-day symposium. Talks were engaging, highlighting recent advances and outlining challenges for the future. A complete agenda with speakers, affiliations, and abstracts is available at the SCONES web site.

The IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (TCNS) organized the 1st SCONES in 2014 as way of coalescing a community of control and network systems researchers. The success of that 1st symposium led to this year’s SCONES, and the goal is to keep repeating this event every three years. TCNS was launched to provide a venue for rigorous work on network systems, a growing area of research encompassing network control systems, communication networks, sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, networks of autonomous agents, electric power networks, transportation networks, biological networks, and social/economic networks.

Jeff Shamma, IEEE TCNS Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Ioannis (Yannis) Paschalidis, Boston University, is the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) and Jeff Shamma, Georgia Institute of Technology, is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief (D-EiC). They co-chaired SCONES.

More information about TCNS is available at

Invited Session speakers: 

Game Theory and Distributed Optimization (Chair & Organizer: Jeff Shamma)

  • “Learning Nash Equilibria in Convex Games”, Maryam Kamgarpour (ETH Zurich)
  • “Common Knowledge and Games of Asymmetric Information”, Ashutosh Nayyar (University of Southern California)
  • “On Strategic Information Transmission and Deception Games “, Cedric Langbort (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • “Behavioral Game Theory for Cyber-Physical Systems Optimization “, Walid Saad (Virginia Tech)

Power Networks (Chair & Organizer: Steven Low)

  • “Approximations of Variational Problems in Power Systems Operations”, Anna Scaglione (Arizona State University)
  • “On the Dynamics of Solar Adoption: Equilibrium, Stability, and Limiting Capacity”, Lang Tong (Cornell University)
  • “Dynamic Compressor Optimization in Natural Gas Pipeline Systems”, Pascal van Hentenryck (University of Michigan)
  • “Some Optimization Problems in Smart Grids”, Steven Low (California Institute of Technology)

Multi-Agent and Robotic Networks (Chair & Organizer: Sonia Martinez Diaz)

  • “Distributed Cooperative Decision-Making in Multi-Armed Bandits”, Naomi Leonard (Princeton University)
  • “Resilient Distributed Formal Synthesis”, Calin Belta (Boston University)
  • “Decision-Theoretic Approaches for Decentralized Asynchronous Multiagent Coordination in Non-Stationary Environments”, Jonathan How (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • “Decentralized Cooperative Localization Algorithms for a Team of Communicating Mobile Robots “, Solmaz Kia (University of California at Irvine)

Biological Networks (Chair & Organizer: Ioannis Paschalidis)

  • “’Power Network’ of Genetic Circuits: Hidden Interactions and Their Mitigation Through Decentralized Feedback Control”, Domitilla Del Vecchio (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • “From Genetic Traits to Edgetic Traits”, Marc Vidal (Harvard University)
  • “Observing and Controlling the States of Nonlinear Biological Networks”, Adilson Motter (Northwestern University)
  • “Global Mapping of Protein Interaction Networks”, Andrew Emili (Boston University)

Social Networks & Transportation Networks (Chairs & Organizers: Giacomo Como & Fabio Fagnani)

  • “Network Games: Information, Consensus, and Control”, Ben Golub (Harvard University)
  • “Aggregate Reward Programs”, Amir Ajorlou (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • “Analysis and Control of Traffic Flow on Signalized Arterial Networks”, Ketan Savla (University of Southern California)
  • “On Distributed Control of Flow Networks via Generalized Proportional Allocation”, Giacomo Como (Politecnico di Torino and Lund University)