A Tutorial On Mean-Field-Type Games and Risk-Aware Controllers

Julian Barreiro-Gomez, Hamidou Tembine

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This paper presents a tutorial of the role that mean-field-type games play in the design of risk-aware controllers. The tutorial is presented in an easy-to-follow manner for beginners, engineers and early career scientists. It starts by introducing a basic stochastic mean-field-free control design problem and progressively adds more complexity to the problem setup navigating through the risk-aware control design, stochastic differential games, mean-field games, and concluding with mean-field-type games. All the problems are solved in a semi-explicit way by means of the direct method and some engineering applications, such as water distribution system and consensus under uncertainties, illustrate the performance of the presented risk-awareness framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-334
Number of pages18
JournalAnnual Reviews in Control
StatePublished - Jan 2020


  • Engineering applications
  • Mean-field-type games
  • Optimal control
  • Risk-aware control
  • Variance-aware control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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