Optimal Control: An Introduction by Arturo LocatelliOptimal Control: An Introduction by Arturo Locatelli

Optimal Control: An Introduction

byArturo Locatelli

Paperback | October 13, 2012

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From the very beginning in the late 1950s of the basic ideas of optimal control, attitudes toward the topic in the scientific and engineering community have ranged from an excessive enthusiasm for its reputed capability ofsolving almost any kind of problem to an (equally) unjustified rejection of it as a set of abstract mathematical concepts with no real utility. The truth, apparently, lies somewhere between these two extremes. Intense research activity in the field of optimization, in particular with reference to robust control issues, has caused it to be regarded as a source of numerous useful, powerful, and flexible tools for the control system designer. The new stream of research is deeply rooted in the well-established framework of linear quadratic gaussian control theory, knowledge ofwhich is an essential requirement for a fruitful understanding of optimization. In addition, there appears to be a widely shared opinion that some results of variational techniques are particularly suited for an approach to nonlinear solutions for complex control problems. For these reasons, even though the first significant achievements in the field were published some forty years ago, a new presentation ofthe basic elements ofclassical optimal control theory from a tutorial point of view seems meaningful and contemporary. This text draws heavily on the content ofthe Italian language textbook "Con­ trollo ottimo" published by Pitagora and used in a number of courses at the Politec­ nico of Milan.
Title:Optimal Control: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:294 pagesPublished:October 13, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 The Hamilton-Jacobi theory.- 3 The LQ problem.- 4 The LQG problem.- 5 The Riccati equations.- 6 The Maximum Principle.- 7 Second variation methods.- A Basic background.- A.1 Canonical decomposition.- A.2 Transition matrix.- A.3 Poles and zeros.- A.4 Quadratic forms.- A.5 Expected value and covariance.- B Eigenvalues assignment.- B.1 Introduction.- B.2 Assignment with accessible state.- B.3 Assignment with inaccessible state.- B.4 Assignment with asymptotic errors zeroing.- C Notation.- List of Algorithms, Assumptions, Corollaries.

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"The style of the book reflects the author's wish to assist in the effective learning of optimal control by suitable choice of topics, the mathematical level used, and by including numerous illustrated examples. The book has been written for undergraduate and postgraduate students who already know control theory, basic linear systems and possess a background in calculus.. In my view the book suits its function and purpose, in that it gives a student a comprehensive coverage of optimal control in an easy-to-read fashion." -Measurement and Control