The Robust Maximum Principle
432 Pages

The Robust Maximum Principle



Both refining and extending previous publications by the authors, the material in this monograph has been class-tested in mathematical institutions throughout the world. Covering some of the key areas of optimal control theory (OCT), a rapidly expanding field that has developed to analyze the optimal behavior of a constrained process over time, the authors use new methods to set out a version of OCT’s more refined ‘maximum principle’ designed to solve the problem of constructing optimal control strategies for uncertain systems where some parameters are unknown. Known as a ‘min-max’ problem, this type of difficulty occurs frequently when dealing with finite uncertain sets.

The text begins with a standalone section that reviews classical optimal control theory, covering its principle topics of the maximum principle and dynamic programming and considering the important sub-problems of linear quadratic optimal control and time optimization. Moving on to examine the tent method in detail, the book then presents its core material, which is a more robust maximum principle for both deterministic and stochastic systems. The results obtained have applications in production planning, reinsurance-dividend management, multi-model sliding mode control, and multi-model differential games.

Key features and topics include:

* An examination of Crandall & Lions’ ‘viscosity solutions’ for non-smooth situations in optimal control

* A version of the tent method in Banach spaces

* How to apply the tent method to a generalization of the Kuhn-Tucker Theorem as well as the Lagrange Principle for infinite-dimensional spaces

* A detailed consideration of the min-max linear quadratic (LQ) control problem

* The application of obtained results from dynamic programming derivations to multi-model sliding mode control and multi-model differential games

* Two examples, dealing with production planning and reinsurance-dividend management, that illustrate the use of the robust maximum principle in stochastic systems

Using powerful new tools in optimal control theory, The Robust Maximum Principle explores material that will be of great interest to post-graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in applied mathematics and engineering, particularly in the area of systems and control.



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Published 06 November 2011
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EAN13 9780817681524
Language English

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The Robust Maximum Principle