Computational algebraic geometry and switching surfaces in optimal control

Uli Walther, Tryphon Georgiou, Allen Tannenbaum

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A number of problems in control can be reduced to finding suitable real solutions of algebraic equations. In particular, such a problem arises in the context of switching surfaces in optimal control. Recently, a powerful new methodology for doing symbolic manipulations with polynomial data has been developed and tested, namely the use of Groebner bases. In this note, we apply the Groebner basis technique to find effective solutions to the classical problem of time-optimal control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4724-4729
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999


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