Optimal steering of inertial particles diffusing anisotropically with losses

Yongxin Chen, Tryphon Georgiou, Michele Pavon

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Exploiting a fluid dynamic formulation for which a probabilistic counterpart might not be available, we extend the theory of Schrödinger bridges to the case of inertial particles with losses and general, possibly singular diffusion coefficient. We find that, as for the case of constant diffusion coefficient matrix, the optimal control law is obtained by solving a system of two p.d.e.'s involving adjoint operators and coupled through their boundary values. In the linear case with quadratic loss function, the system turns into two matrix Riccati equations with coupled split boundary conditions. An alternative formulation of the control problem as a semidefinite programming problem allows computation of suboptimal solutions. This is illustrated in one example of inertial particles subject to a constant rate killing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACC 2015 - 2015 American Control Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479986842
StatePublished - Jul 28 2015
Event2015 American Control Conference, ACC 2015 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 1 2015Jul 3 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Conference2015 American Control Conference, ACC 2015
CountryUnited States

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