The systems & control research community has developed a range of tools for understanding and controlling complex systems. Some of these techniques are model-based: Using a simple model we obtain insight regarding the structure of effective policies for control. The talk will survey how this point of view can be applied to approach resource allocation problems, such as those that will arise in the next-generation energy grid. We also show how insight from this kind of analysis can be used to construct architectures for reinforcement learning algorithms used in a broad range of applications.
Much of the talk is a survey from a recent book by the author with a similar title,
Control Techniques for Complex Networks. Cambridge University Press, 2007.