Synopses & Reviews
This book gives a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental necessary and sufficient conditions for optimality for finite-dimensional, deterministic, optimal control problems. The emphasis is on the geometric aspects of the theory and on illustrating how these methods can be used to solve optimal control problems. It provides tools and techniques that go well beyond standard procedures and can be used to obtain a full understanding of the global structure of solutions for the underlying problem. The text includes a large number and variety of fully worked out examples that range from the classical problem of minimum surfaces of revolution to cancer treatment for novel therapy approaches. All these examples, in one way or the other, illustrate the power of geometric techniques and methods. The versatile text contains material on different levels ranging from the introductory and elementary to the advanced. Parts of the text can be viewed as a comprehensive textbook for both advanced undergraduate and all level graduate courses on optimal control in both mathematics and engineering departments. The text moves smoothly from the more introductory topics to those parts that are in a monograph style were advanced topics are presented. While the presentation is mathematically rigorous, it is carried out in a tutorial style that makes the text accessible to a wide audience of researchers and students from various fields, including
Review
From the reviews: "Schättler (electrical and systems engineering, Washington Univ.) and Ledzewicz (mathematics and statistics, Southern Illinois Univ.) use a geometric approach to present the theory of optimal control. ... authors have developed a general approach that can be applied to a wide variety of control problems. ... This book may be of interest to graduate students and researchers working in this area. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (B. Borchers, Choice, Vol. 50 (5), January, 2013)
Synopsis
Here is a comprehensive review of the fundamental conditions for optimality for finite-dimensional, deterministic, optimal control problems. Includes worked examples ranging from minimum surfaces of revolution to cancer treatment for novel therapy approaches.
About the Author
Urszula Ledzewicz is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Southern Illinois University. Heinz Schaettler is an Associate Professor at Washington University.
Table of Contents
The Calculus of Variations: A Historical Perspective.- The Pontryagin Maximum Principle: From Necessary Conditions to the Construction of an Optimal Solution.- Reachable Sets of Linear Time-Invariant Systems: From Convex Sets to the Bang-Bang Theorem.- The High-Order Maximum Principle: From Approximations of Reachable Sets to High-Order Necessary Conditions for Optimality.- The Method of Characteristics: A Geometric Approach to Sufficient Conditions for a Local Minimum.- Synthesis of Optimal Controlled Trajectories: FromLocal to Global Solutions.- Control-Affine Systems in Low Dimensions: From Small-Time Reachable Sets to Time-Optimal Syntheses.- References.- Index.