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# A Survey of Recent Progress in the Study of Distributed High-Order Linear Multi-Agent Coordination

## Jie Huang^{*,**}, Hao Fang^{*}, Jie Chen^{*},

Lihua Dou^{*}, and Jie Zeng^{*}

^{*}School of Automation, Beijing Institute of Technology, Key Laboratory of Intelligent Control and Decision of Complex Systems, Beijing, 100081, China

^{**}Fujian Institute of Education, Fuzhou, 350001, China

Most previous studies ofmulti-agent systems only considered the first- and second-order dynamics. In this review, we present the major results and progress related to distributed high-order linear multi-agent coordination. We also discuss the current challenges and propose several promising research directions, as well as open problems that demand further investigation.

Lihua Dou, and Jie Zeng, “A Survey of Recent Progress in the Study of Distributed High-Order Linear Multi-Agent Coordination,”

*J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform.*, Vol.18, No.1, pp. 83-92, 2014.

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