Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory

Offers a concise yet rigorous introduction Requires limited background in control theory or advanced mathematics Provides a complete proof of the maximum principle Uses consistent notation in the exposition of classical and modern topics ...

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Author: Daniel Liberzon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691151878

Category: Mathematics

Page: 235

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This textbook offers a concise yet rigorous introduction to calculus of variations and optimal control theory, and is a self-contained resource for graduate students in engineering, applied mathematics, and related subjects. Designed specifically for a one-semester course, the book begins with calculus of variations, preparing the ground for optimal control. It then gives a complete proof of the maximum principle and covers key topics such as the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman theory of dynamic programming and linear-quadratic optimal control. Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory also traces the historical development of the subject and features numerous exercises, notes and references at the end of each chapter, and suggestions for further study. Offers a concise yet rigorous introduction Requires limited background in control theory or advanced mathematics Provides a complete proof of the maximum principle Uses consistent notation in the exposition of classical and modern topics Traces the historical development of the subject Solutions manual (available only to teachers) Leading universities that have adopted this book include: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ECE 553: Optimum Control Systems Georgia Institute of Technology ECE 6553: Optimal Control and Optimization University of Pennsylvania ESE 680: Optimal Control Theory University of Notre Dame EE 60565: Optimal Control

Control Theory and the Calculus of Variations

Quadratic variational theory; Stochastic functional equations: continuity properties and relation to ordinary equations; Partial regularity theorems for elliptic systems; Strengthening caratheodory's method to apply in control problems; ...

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Author: A. V. Balakrishnan

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4178570

Category: Calculus

Page: 422

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Quadratic variational theory; Stochastic functional equations: continuity properties and relation to ordinary equations; Partial regularity theorems for elliptic systems; Strengthening caratheodory's method to apply in control problems; Optimal control problems as mathematical programming in an unorthodox function space; Controlled diffusions under polynomial growth conditions; Separation and support properties of convex sets - a survey; Some non-classical variational problems arising from optimal filter problems; A new existence theorem in the class of piecewise continuous control functions; The epsilon technique - a constructive approach to optimal control; Lagrange multipliers re-visited.

A Primer on the Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory

This book is an introduction to both the classical theory of the calculus of variations and the more modern developments of optimal control theory from the perspective of an applied mathematician.

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Author: Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 9780821847725

Category: Mathematics

Page: 252

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The calculus of variations is used to find functions that optimize quantities expressed in terms of integrals. Optimal control theory seeks to find functions that minimize cost integrals for systems described by differential equations. This book is an introduction to both the classical theory of the calculus of variations and the more modern developments of optimal control theory from the perspective of an applied mathematician. It focuses on understanding concepts and how to apply them. The range of potential applications is broad: the calculus of variations and optimal control theory have been widely used in numerous ways in biology, criminology, economics, engineering, finance, management science, and physics. Applications described in this book include cancer chemotherapy, navigational control, and renewable resource harvesting. The prerequisites for the book are modest: the standard calculus sequence, a first course on ordinary differential equations, and some facility with the use of mathematical software. It is suitable for an undergraduate or beginning graduate course, or for self study. It provides excellent preparation for more advanced books and courses on the calculus of variations and optimal control theory.

The Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control

This book is intended to present an introductory treatment of the calculus of variations in Part I and of optimal control theory in Part II. The discussion in Part I is restricted to the simplest problem of the calculus of variations.

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Author: George Leitmann

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781489903334

Category: Mathematics

Page: 312

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When the Tyrian princess Dido landed on the North African shore of the Mediterranean sea she was welcomed by a local chieftain. He offered her all the land that she could enclose between the shoreline and a rope of knotted cowhide. While the legend does not tell us, we may assume that Princess Dido arrived at the correct solution by stretching the rope into the shape of a circular arc and thereby maximized the area of the land upon which she was to found Carthage. This story of the founding of Carthage is apocryphal. Nonetheless it is probably the first account of a problem of the kind that inspired an entire mathematical discipline, the calculus of variations and its extensions such as the theory of optimal control. This book is intended to present an introductory treatment of the calculus of variations in Part I and of optimal control theory in Part II. The discussion in Part I is restricted to the simplest problem of the calculus of variations. The topic is entirely classical; all of the basic theory had been developed before the turn of the century. Consequently the material comes from many sources; however, those most useful to me have been the books of Oskar Bolza and of George M. Ewing. Part II is devoted to the elementary aspects of the modern extension of the calculus of variations, the theory of optimal control of dynamical systems.

Optimal Control Theory and Static Optimization in Economics

The calculus of variations and dynamic programming Any introductory treatment of optimal control theory would be incomplete without explicit mention of its predecessor , the calculus of variations , and the parallel development of ...

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Author: Daniel Léonard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521337461

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 353

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Optimal control theory is a technique being used increasingly by academic economists to study problems involving optimal decisions in a multi-period framework. This textbook is designed to make the difficult subject of optimal control theory easily accessible to economists while at the same time maintaining rigour. Economic intuitions are emphasized, and examples and problem sets covering a wide range of applications in economics are provided to assist in the learning process. Theorems are clearly stated and their proofs are carefully explained. The development of the text is gradual and fully integrated, beginning with simple formulations and progressing to advanced topics such as control parameters, jumps in state variables, and bounded state space. For greater economy and elegance, optimal control theory is introduced directly, without recourse to the calculus of variations. The connection with the latter and with dynamic programming is explained in a separate chapter. A second purpose of the book is to draw the parallel between optimal control theory and static optimization. Chapter 1 provides an extensive treatment of constrained and unconstrained maximization, with emphasis on economic insight and applications. Starting from basic concepts, it derives and explains important results, including the envelope theorem and the method of comparative statics. This chapter may be used for a course in static optimization. The book is largely self-contained. No previous knowledge of differential equations is required.

Constrained Optimization In The Calculus Of Variations and Optimal Control Theory

The major purpose of this book is to present the theoretical ideas and the analytical and numerical methods to enable the reader to understand and efficiently solve these important optimizational problems.The first half of this book should ...

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Author: J Gregory

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351079310

Category: Mathematics

Page: 232

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The major purpose of this book is to present the theoretical ideas and the analytical and numerical methods to enable the reader to understand and efficiently solve these important optimizational problems.The first half of this book should serve as the major component of a classical one or two semester course in the calculus of variations and optimal control theory. The second half of the book will describe the current research of the authors which is directed to solving these problems numerically. In particular, we present new reformulations of constrained problems which leads to unconstrained problems in the calculus of variations and new general, accurate and efficient numerical methods to solve the reformulated problems. We believe that these new methods will allow the reader to solve important problems.

Control Theory and its Applications

1.4.4 Calculus of variations When the “ modern control theory ” developed in the 1950s and 60s , it was mostly as a " theory of optimal control ” . The techniques involved were from the theory of differential equations , but the problem ...

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Author: Roxin

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 2919875221

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 160

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The general context of this book is applied to systems in n-dimensional space. Emphasis is placed on a general approach to control theory, independent of optimization, and demonstrates a novel approach by converting a given dynamical system into a control system, in order to obtain a deeper understanding of its mode of action. Contents of the monograph include a presentation of the basic concepts and results of control theory, the typical and classical behaviour of control systems, techniques for transforming dynamic systems into control systems, and the systematic approach to study control systems in applications, as shown in many examples.