Controlling the information flow of autonomous systems

Guest Info

Mustafa O. Karabag is a postdoctoral fellow in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2023. His research focuses on developing theory and algorithms to control the information flow of autonomous systems to succeed in information-scarce or adversarial environments.


Autonomous cyber-physical systems operate in information-scarce environments with other cooperative or adversarial agents. To succeed in these environments, these systems must actively control the information that they receive, process, and generate. In this talk, I will talk about how autonomous systems can control the information flow surrounding them by concealing sensitive information for security and privacy, detaching from unnecessary information for robustness against model or data inaccuracies, and conveying information for efficient cooperation. In particular, I will discuss the design of multiagent systems that are robust to communication losses, the design of deceptive and counter-deceptive policies for autonomous systems, and the design of inferable policies for efficient cooperation.