# Impulsive Stabilization for a Class of Neural Networks with Both Time-Varying and Distributed Delays

- Lizi Yin
^{1}Email author and - Xiaodi Li
^{2}

**2009**:859832

**DOI: **10.1155/2009/859832

© L. Yin and X. Li. 2009

**Received: **16 January 2009

**Accepted: **4 March 2009

**Published: **8 March 2009

## Abstract

The impulsive control method is developed to stabilize a class of neural networks with both time-varying and distributed delays. Some exponential stability criteria are obtained by using Lyapunov functionals, stability theory, and control by impulses. A numerical example is also provided to show the effectiveness and feasibility of the impulsive control method.

## 1. Introduction

During the last decades, neural networks such as Hopfield neural networks, cellular neural networks, Cohen-Grossberg neural networks, and bidirectional associative memory neural networks have been extensively studied. There have appeared a number of important results; see [1–13] and references therein. It is well known that the properties of stability and convergence are important in design and application of neural networks, for example, when designing a neural network to solve linear programming problems and pattern recognition problems, we foremost guarantee that the models of neural network are stable. However, it may become unstable or even divergent because the model of a system is highly uncertain or the nature of the problem itself. So it is necessary to investigate stability and convergence of neural networks from the control point of view. It is known that impulses can make unstable systems stable or, otherwise, stable systems can become unstable after impulse effects; see [14–18]. The problem of stabilizing the solutions by imposing proper impulse controls has been used in many fields such as neural network, engineering, pharmacokinetics, biotechnology, and population dynamics [19–25]. Recently, several good impulsive control approaches for real world systems have been proposed; see [22–32]. In [26], Yang and Xu investigate the global exponential stability of Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with variable delays by establishing some impulsive differential inequalities. The criteria not only present an approach to stabilize the unstable neural networks by utilizing impulsive effects but also show that the stability still remains under certain impulsive perturbations for some continuous stable neural networks. In [27], Li et al. consider the impulsive control of Lotka-Volterra predator-prey system by employing the method of Lyapunov functions. In [28], Wang and Liu investigate the impulsive stabilization of delay differential systems via the Lyapunov-Razumikhin method. However, there are few results considering the impulsive stabilization of neural networks with both time-varying and distributed delays, which is very important in theories and applications and also is a very challenging problem.

Motivated by the above discussion, in this paper, we will investigate the impulsive stabilization for a class of neural networks with both time-varying and distributed delays. Some exponential stability criteria are obtained by using Lyapunov functionals, stability theory, and control by impulses. The organization of this paper is as follows. In the next section, the problems investigated in this paper are formulated, and some preliminaries are presented. We state and prove our main results in Section 3. Then, an illustrative example is given to show the effectiveness of the obtained impulsive control method in Section 4. Finally, concluding remarks are made in Section 5.

## 2. Model Description and Preliminaries

Let denote the set of real numbers, the -dimensional real space equipped with the Euclidean norm and the set of positive integral numbers.

where , denotes piecewise continuous functions defined on . For , , let ,

where are some undetermined constants.

Throughout this paper, we assume the following.

() are bounded and satisfy the following property:

() The delay kernels , are piecewise continuous and satisfy for all , , where is continuous and integrable.

()The impulse times satisfy , .

Since and hold, by employing the well-known Brouwer's fixed point theorem, one can easily prove that there exists a unique equilibrium point for system (2.1).

Assume that is an equilibrium solution of system (2.1), then the transformation , puts system (2.1) and (2.2) into the following form:

## 3. Impulsive Stabilization of the Equilibrium Solution

Theorem 3.1.

Assume that ( )–( ) hold, then the equilibrium point of the system (2.1) can be exponentially stabilized by impulses if one of the following conditions hold.

Proof.

Next we will consider conditions ( ) and ( ), respectively.

Case 1.

which implies that the equilibrium point of the system (2.1) is exponentially stable without impulses. So the conclusion of Theorem 3.1 holds obviously.

Case 2.

It is obvious that since (3.6) holds.

This completes our proof of Case 2.

The proof of Theorem 3.1 is complete.

Corollary 3.2.

Corollary 3.3.

Assume that conditions in Theorem 3.1 hold, then the equilibrium point of the system (2.1) can be exponentially stabilized by periodic impulses.

Proof.

As a special case of system (2.1), we consider the following neural network model:

we can obtain theorem as follows.

Theorem 3.4.

Assume that hold, then the equilibrium point of the system (3.19) can be exponentially stabilized by impulses if one of the following conditions holds

Proof.

Corollary 3.5.

Assume that conditions in Theorem 3.4 hold, then the equilibrium point of the system (3.19) can be exponentially stabilized by periodic impulses.

Proof.

## 4. A Numerical Example

In this section, we give an example to demonstrate the effectiveness of our method.

Example 4.1.

Remark 4.2.

Note that , by Corollary 3.3, system (4.1) can be exponentially stabilized by periodic impulses.

Remark 4.3.

As we see from Figures 1(a) and 1(d), the equilibrium point of system (4.1) without impulses is unstable. However, it becomes exponentially stable by explicit impulsive control (see Figures 1(b) and 1(e)). This implies that impulses may be used to exponentially stabilize some unable neural networks by our proposed control method. Furthermore, in the same impulse interval, if , then our control method in (3.6) and (3.7) is not satisfied. The equilibrium point of system (4.1) cannot be exponentially stabilized by impulses, which is shown in Figures 1(c) and 1(f). However, one may observe that every solution of system (4.1) becomes a quasiperiodic solution because of the effects of impulses. Figures 1(a)–1(f) show the dynamic behavior of the system (4.1) with the initial condition , , ,

## 5. Conclusions

In this paper, we have investigated impulsive control for neural networks with both time-varying and distributed delays. By using Lyapunov functionals, stability theory, and control by impulses, some sufficient conditions are derived to exponentially stabilize neural networks with both time-varying and distributed delays. Simulation results of a neural network under impulsive control verify the effectiveness of the proposed control method.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgment

The work is supported by the Science and Technology Programs of Shandong Province (2008GG30009008).

## Authors’ Affiliations

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