Computing That Serves

Signal Structure for a Class of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems

​Meilan Jin
MS Thesis Defense
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
3350 TMCB
Advisor: Sean Warnick

Signal structure is a partial structure representation for dynamic systems. It characterizes the causal relationship between manifest variables and is depicted in a weighted graph, where the weights are dynamic operators. Earlier work has defined signal structure for linear time-invariant systems through dynamical structure function. This thesis focuses on the search for the signal structure of nonlinear systems and proves that the signal structure reduces to the linear definition when the systems are linear. Specifically, this work:

  1. Defines the complete computational structure for nonlinear systems.
  2. Provide a process to find the complete computational structure given a state space model.
  3. Define the signal structure for dynamic systems in general.
  4. Provide a process to find the signal structure for a class of dynamic systems from their complete computational structure.