Control theory is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and mathematics that deals with the behavior of dynamical systems with inputs. The external input of a system is called the reference. When one or more output variables of a system need to follow a certain reference over time, a controller ...

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What is the mathematical foundation of Control Theory?

There is a question which I'm wondering again and again in recent months. I have taken courses like Elementary Differential Equations, Signals and Systems, Linear Control Systems, General Theory of ...
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Why use a Kalman filter instead of keeping a running average

I've been trying to understand Kalman filters. Here are some examples that have helped me so far: http://bilgin.esme.org/BitsBytes/KalmanFilterforDummies.aspx ...
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Lyapunov stability question (Arnold's trivium)

V.I. Arnold put the following question in his Mathematical trivium: Can an asymptotically stable equilibrium position become unstable in the Lyapunov sense under linearization? It puzzled me for a ...
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Control / Feedback Theory

I am more interested in the engineering perspective of this topic, but I realize that fundamentally this is a very interesting mathematical topic as well. Also, at an introductory level they would be ...
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Solutions of $XA=XAX$.

All matrices are real and $n \times n$. The matrix $A$ is given. I am interested in solving $XA=XAX$. In particular, I would like some characterization of matrices that satisfy this equation. For ...
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If matrices $A$ and $B$ commute, $A$ with distinct eigenvalues, then $B$ is a polynomial in $A$

If $A\in M_{n}$ has $n$ distinct eigenvalues and if $A$ commutes with a given matrix $B\in M_{n}$, how can I show that $B$ is a polynomial in $A$ of degree at most $n-1$? I think first I need to show ...
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Difference between Bellman and Pontryagin dynamic optimization?

Can someone please explain the difference between dynamic optimization via the Bellman equation and dynamic optimization via Pontryagin's maximization principle? Thanks
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Rigorous mathematical treatments of engineering topics

I started out as an engineering student and got interested in mathematics. So after some point (Rigorous analysis and linear algebra, some real analysis, basic measure theory and topology etc.) I ...
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How can I, as a future mathematician, contribute most to Smart Grid research?

After I've finished my Master's degree in mathematics, I too want to use my powers for good. One endeavour I consider good is the pursuit of the design and implementation of a Smart Grid which will, ...
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Smith normal form of a polynomial matrix.

I have the following matrix: $P(s) :=$ \begin{bmatrix} s^2 & s-1 \\ s & s^2 \end{bmatrix} How does one compute the Smith normal form of this matrix? I can't quite grasp the algorithm.
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Linearization of $ m \dfrac{dy^2}{dt^2} = u(t) - C_d \left( \dfrac{dy}{dt} \right)^2-mg $

$$ m \frac{dy^2}{dt^2} = u(t) - C_d \left( \frac{dy}{dt} \right)^2-mg $$ where $$\begin{align*} y(t)&=\text{missile altitude}\\ u(t)&= \text{force}\\ m&= \text{mass}\\ C_d&= ...
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Show that all the roots of $\frac{dx}{dt}=A(t)x$ are bounded in $[t_0, \infty)$.

For real system of equations$$\frac{dx}{dt}=A(t)x,(1)$$ where $A(t) \in C[t_0, +\infty)$. Prove that if $\int_{t_0}^{\infty} \|A(t_1)+A^T(t_1)\|< +\infty$ then all the roots of (1) are bounded in ...
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The nature of eigenvectors of a given eigenvalue

I am working on a problem where I have an ($n \times n $) matrix A and an eigenvalue of A, $\lambda$, where $\lambda$ has geometric multiplicity 1. The right and left eigenvectors of A corresponding ...
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Prove that $x \equiv 0$ of $\dot{x}(t)=a(t)x$ is Uniformly Asymptotically Stable

I have a problem: Consider the scalar equation: $$\dot{x}(t)=a(t)x \tag{I}$$ where $a(t) \in C(\mathbb{R}^+)$. Prove that $x \equiv 0$ of $(I)$ is Uniformly Asymptotically Stable iff ...
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Show that System $(I)$ is stable iff $X(t)$ is bounded.

I have a theorem: For a linear homogeneous system: $$\dfrac{dx}{dt}=A(t)x \tag{I}$$ Where $A(t)=(a_{ij}(t))_{n \times n} \in C(\mathbb{R}^+,\mathbb{R}^{n \times n})$ Suppose that $X(t)$ be the ...
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Difference between Variation of Calculus problems and Control Theory problems?

Variation of Calculus seems to have problems without the control with variables such as state and time. Then again Control Theory problems seems to have problems with one extra variable that is ...
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Solving for specific entries in a Lyapunov Equation

Let $A$ be a $2n\times 2n$ real matrix with the following structure \begin{equation} A = \left(\begin{matrix} 0 & -I \\ K & S \end{matrix}\right) \end{equation} with all sub-matrices of size ...
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Reference request: “initial” PDE control

I'm somewhat familiar with the ideas of boundary and internal (source) control for PDE (in particular, for wave equations) but am wondering if the following type of problem is classified/studied; if ...
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Root Locus Diagrams - “Breakaway Point”

Say that we have a root locus diagram with n poles and m zeroes. And we determine that the root locus on the real axis lies between two of these poles and breaks away from the real axis and tends to ...
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Poles and Zeros of Linear Systems

This period I follow a course in System and Control Theory. This is all about linear systems $$\frac{dx}{dt}= Ax + Bu $$ $$y = Cx + Du $$ where A,B,C,D are matrices, and x, u and y are vectors. ...
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Stability theory: Every solution of the scalar equation: $\ddot{x}+\left [a+b(t) \right ]x=0$ is bounded in $\left [t_0, +\infty \right )$.

EDITED Prove that: If $a>0$ and $$\int_{t_0}^{\infty} |b(t_1)|\mathrm{d}t_1<+\infty$$ then every solution of the scalar equation: $$\ddot{x}+\left [a+b(t) \right ]x=0$$ is bounded in $\left ...
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Solution of a Sylvester equation?

I'd like to solve $AX -BX + XC = D$, for the matrix $X$, where all matrices have real entries and $X$ is a rectangular matrix, while $B$ and $C$ are symmetric matrices and $A$ is formed by an outer ...
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How can I efficiently sketch a Nyquist diagram?

I have the following transfer function: $$P(s) = \frac{3}{(s-1)(s+2)(s+3)}, s= j\omega$$ I got the starting and endpoints: $$\omega_0 = -\frac{1}{2}, \omega_\infty = 0$$ When I split the ...
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(Possible) application of Sarason interpolation theorem

This question is related to the following Wikipedia article on Nevanlinna–Pick interpolation. At the end it has been written as Pick–Nevanlinna interpolation was introduced into robust control by ...
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significance of zeros of a transfer function?

In control theory, the poles of a transfer function give information about the stability and behavior of a system. I'm not sure and can't find anywhere what the significance of the zeros of a ...
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Calculate state transition matrix

I have a question to the following problem: "There is a linear, time-invariant System with the form $\frac{d\mathbf{x}}{dt}=\mathbf{A}x$. The Eigenvalues of the matrix $A$ are $s_1=-1$ and $s_2=-2$, ...
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How to use mathematically the I and D of a PID controller

I am trying to mathmatically understand how the $P$, $I$, and $D$ parameters work on a system, quite having a hard time doing so. I've only been able to show that the Steady State Error (SSE) never ...
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Horizon selection

$$x(t+1) =Ax(t)+Bu(t)=\left(\begin{matrix}0&0&0.8\\1&0&0\\0&1&0 \end{matrix}\right)x(t)+\left(\begin{matrix}1\\0\\0 \end{matrix}\right)u(t)$$ Basically the excercise is to find ...
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Prove $0$ is an exponentially stable equilibrium of the system $x'=f(x)+g(x)$ if $f(0)=g(0)=0$

Besides the conditions in the title, we have: $0$ is an exponential equilibrium of the system $y'=f(y)$ $|g(x)|\leq \mu|x|,\forall x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ $\mu$ is sufficiently small! What I have ...
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Construct a Liapunov function for this system

Construct a Liapunov function for the system (Determine the stability of $x \equiv 0$): I have an example:$$\begin{cases} & \mathrm { } \dot{x}= -x^3+xy^2\\ & \mathrm { } \dot{y}= ...
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Find a general control and then show that this could have been achieved at x2

Determine the general form of $u_0, u_1 ~\text{and} ~ u_2$ if a system of difference equations of the form $$x_{n+1} = Ax_n + Bu_n,$$ where: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 2 & 2 \\ -1 ...
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Upper bound concerning Snell envelope

Consider, on a filtred probability space $ \left (\Omega, \mathcal F, \mathbb F , \mathbb P \right )$ where $ \mathbb F = \left(\mathcal F_ t \right )_ {t\geq 0}$ is filtration satisfying the habitual ...
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Maximum principle for a control with mixed constraints

Consider the dynamical system $\mathbf{x}' = f(\mathbf{x,u},t)$ where $\mathbf{x} \in \mathbb{R}^2, \mathbf{u} \in \mathbb{R}^3$ and $f$ has no explicit time dependence. As conventional, $\mathbf{x}$ ...
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Practical physics problem about distance between lines.

I am a software engineer and I’m developing a soccer game. I have a solution for this problem based on Newton law and I’m using Newton method to solve the equation I got. I’m here because I think ...
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How to obtain a possible state space representation of this 2nd order transfer function?

I have this 2nd order transfer function: $$G(s) = \frac{2}{s} + \frac{1}{s+2}$$ And I need to find a possible state space representation in the form of: $$ \frac{dx}{dt} = Ax + bu $$ $$y = c^Tx$$ ...
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Poles and zeros of a system matrx

While I am reading lecture notes on Poles and Zeros of MIMO systems, I find the following example, which is not clear for me. $$ H(s) =\pmatrix{1 & \dfrac{1}{s-3} \\ 0 & 1 } $$ The ...
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Stability of $\dot{x}=-A(t)x$

I already have an ODE of $A(t)$, that is $\dot{A}=-G(A(t)-A^*)$, where $G$ and $A^*$ are constant positive definite matrices. Thus I can deduce that $A(t)$ exponentially converge to $A^*$. Now I take ...
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Optimal consumption policy

I start with an initial capital C and at the beginning of day $n=1,...,N$ I observe the random variable $X_n$, where $\mathbb E X_n=\mu_n$. The $X_n$ are independent. I also choose $c_n$ on day $n$, ...
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Lyapunov Stability of Non-autonomous Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

Let $\mathbf{F}:X\times\mathbb{R}^{+}\to X$ be a non-autonomous dynamical system, which is governed by $\dot{\mathbf{x}} = \mathbf{F}(\mathbf{x}, t, u)$, viz, \begin{equation} \begin{split} \dot{x}_1 ...
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Estimating the input to a system from a system state

[ Cross-posted to: http://dsp.stackexchange.com/questions/3098/estimating-the-input-to-a-system-from-a-system-state-using-ekf ] I have a system for which I have obtained a non-linear time-varying ...
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good online resources for 2nd-order system dynamics

I'm looking for good online resources for 2nd order system dynamics. Any recommendations? I'm looking for stuff that ideally includes discussion of Q, damping ratio, overshoot, bode plots, for ...
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What is an example of a map not satisfying this rank condition?

Definition: Consider a Lie Group $G$ and a set of right invariant vector fields on $G$, denoted $\Gamma$. A point $y \in G$ is called normally accessible from a point $x \in G$ by $\Gamma$ if there ...
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Infimum of radially unbound functional

I am having difficulty following a proof about balls (subsets) of radially unbounded functionals. Let $U$ be a Banach Space. Let the space of admissible controls $U_{ad}\subset U \ne \emptyset$ be ...
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No repeated eigenvalues or the real part of any eigenvalue is not zero

I have an $n$ x $n$ matrix $M=\begin{bmatrix}-1 & -1\\ \frac{1}{2} & 0 & -\frac{1}{2}\\ & \ddots & \ddots & \ddots\\ & & \frac{1}{2} & 0 & -\frac{1}{2}\\ ...
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Design control law

Consider the function $f : \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ which is continuously differentiable and strongly convex. Let $x^*$ to be the unique global minimizer of $f$. Assume that $L_1\|x\| ...
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Conditions of a Monotonic Process?

$f$ is the output of a discrete time process described by $f(k)=\sum_{i=1}^{k-1}w_{ki}f(i)$ where $f(1)\geq0$ is a known initial condition and $w_{ki}\geq0$ are weights of previous states on the ...
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Another machine problem

This is linked to my previous question Discounted optimization problem I have difficulties again finding a formula for $F(x)$. We consider a machine at time $t$ which is in state $x$. The machine ...
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Show that root $x\equiv 0$ of $\dfrac{dx}{dt}=F(t,x)$ is uniformly stable (uniformly asymptotically stable)

I have a problem: For the system of equations: $$\bf \dfrac{dx}{dt}=F(t,x) \tag 1$$ where $F$ is continuous in $I \times D \subset\mathbb{R}\times \mathbb{R}^n$ and $F(t,0)\equiv0$, ...
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Prove that all the solutions of (2): $\frac{dy}{dt}=A(t)y+f(t)$ are bounded in $ \left[t_0,+\infty \right )$

I have a problem: Assume that system (1): $$\dfrac{dx}{dt}=A(t)x$$ is stable, where $A(t) \in C\left [t_0,+\infty \right )$, when $t \to \infty$ and $$\begin{cases} & \mathrm{ } ...
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minimization problem on differential equations - optimal control

I am trying to minimize an time-integral of a linear function with respect to differential equations. The problem is formally defined as follows: Given $\lambda< \mu_1, \mu_2$ fixed ...