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Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction

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Optimal control theory is the science of maximizing the returns from and minimizing the costs of the operation of physical, social, and economic processes. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates, this text introduces three aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization.

Chapters 1 and 2 focus on describing systems and evaluating their performances. Chapter 3 deals with dynamic programming. The calculus of variations and Pontryagin's minimum principle are the subjects of chapters 4 and 5, and chapter 6 examines iterative numerical techniques for finding optimal controls and trajectories. Numerous problems, intended to introduce additional topics as well as to illustrate basic concepts, appear throughout the text.

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Kirk (emeritus, electrical engineering, San Jos<'e> State U.) introduces optimal control theory, which "has as its objective the maximization of the return from, or the minimization of the cost of, the operation of physical, social, and economic processes." He concentrates on dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization. Writing at a level appropriate for beginning graduate students, he assumes a proficiency in the use of state variable methods. This is a paperbound edition of a work first published in 1970.
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Synopsis:

Upper-level undergraduate text introduces aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization. Numerous figures, tables. Solution guide available upon request. 1970 edition. 

Synopsis:

Upper-level undergraduate text introduces aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization. Numerous figures, tables. Solution guide available upon request. 1970 edition. 

Table of Contents

I. Describing the System and Evaluating Its Performance.

  1. Introduction.

  2. The Performance Measure.

II. Dynamic Programming.

  3. Dynamic Programming.

III. The Calculus of Variations and Pontryagin's Minimum Principle.

  4. The Calculus of Variations.

  5. The Variational Approach to Optimal Control Problems.

IV. Iterative Numerical Techniques for Finding Optimal Controls and Trajectories.

  6. Numerical Determination of Optimal Trajectories.

V. Conclusion.

  7. Summation.

Appendices.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486434841
Author:
Kirk, Donald E.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Kirk, Dona
Author:
ld E.
Author:
Engineering
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Electronics - General
Subject:
Cybernetics
Subject:
Control theory
Subject:
Mathematical optimization
Subject:
Electricity-General Electronics
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Electrical Engineering
Series Volume:
2001-21
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
131 fig + 14 tables
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.11 lb

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Upper-level undergraduate text introduces aspects of optimal control theory: dynamic programming, Pontryagin's minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization. Numerous figures, tables. Solution guide available upon request. 1970 edition. 
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