Optimal Control: An Introduction to the Theory with Applications

Paperback | December 1, 1993

byLeslie M. Hocking

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Systems that evolve with time occur frequently in nature and modelling the behaviour of such systems provides an important application of mathematics. These systems can be completely deterministic, but it may be possible too to control their behaviour by intervention through 'controls'. Thetheory of optimal control is concerned with determining such controls which, at minimum cost, either direct the system along a given trajectory or enable it to reach a given point in its state space. This textbook is a straightforward introduction to the theory of optimal control with an emphasis on presenting many different applications. Professor Hocking has taken pains to ensure that the theory is developed to display the main themes of the arguments but without using sophisticatedmathematical tools. Problems in this setting can arise across a wide range of subjects and there are illustrative examples of systems from as diverse fields as dynamics, economics, population control, and medicine. Throughout there are many worked examples, and numerous exercises (with solutions) are provided.

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This textbook is a straightforward introduction to the theory of optimal control with and emphasis on presenting many different applications.

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Systems that evolve with time occur frequently in nature and modelling the behaviour of such systems provides an important application of mathematics. These systems can be completely deterministic, but it may be possible too to control their behaviour by intervention through 'controls'. Thetheory of optimal control is concerned with de...

Leslie M. Hocking is at University College, London.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198596820

ISBN - 13:9780198596820

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This textbook is a straightforward introduction to the theory of optimal control with and emphasis on presenting many different applications.

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'The book gives an introductory text for those approaching the topic for the first time and without sophisticated mathematical analysis at their disposal ... the book is clearly written and the subject is well presented. The structure of the book has been carefully selected. The exercises willhelp in a deeper study of this subject.'Andrzej J. Osiadacz, Warsaw University of Technology, International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Vol. 7 (1993)