Classical/neural synthesis of nonlinear control systems

Silvia Ferrari, Robert F. Stengel

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Classical/neural synthesis of control systems combines the most effective elements of old and new design concepts with the promise of producing better control systems. There is considerable precedent for applying gain-scheduled linear controllers to nonlinear systems, especially those that can be locally approximated as linear-parameter-varying systems; however, a means for transferring the insights gained from these linear controllers to nonlinear controllers remains to be identified. The approach taken is to design nonlinear control systems that take advantage of prior knowledge and experience gained from linear controllers, while capitalizing on the broader capabilities of adaptive, nonlinear control theory and computational neural networks. Central to this novel approach is the recognition that the gradients of a nonlinear control law must represent the gain matrices of an equivalent, locally linearized controller. The focus is on the initial specification for the control law, which consists of a set of hypersurfaces expressed as neural networks that represent satisfactory linear controllers designed over the plant's operating range. The neural networks are defined solely by solving algebraic linear systems of equations, and their effectiveness is demonstrated in a case study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-448
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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