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Monday, March 18, 2024

Posted January 22, 2024
Last modified February 4, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Dante Kalise, Imperial College
Feedback Control Synthesis for Interacting Particle Systems across Scales

This talk focuses on the computational synthesis of optimal feedback controllers for interacting particle systems operating at different scales. In the first part, we discuss the construction of control laws for large-scale microscopic dynamics by supervised learning methods, tackling the curse of dimensionality inherent in such systems. Moving forward, we integrate the microscopic feedback law into a Boltzmann-type equation, bridging controls at microscopic and mesoscopic scales, allowing for near-optimal control of high-dimensional densities. Finally, in the framework of mean field optimal control, we discuss the stabilization of nonlinear Fokker-Planck equations towards unstable steady states via model predictive control.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Posted February 12, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

10:30 am – 11:20 am Note the Special Earlier Seminar Time For Only This Week. This is a Zoom Seminar. Click “Questions or Comments?” Above to Request a Zoom Link.

Antoine Girard, Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes CNRS Bronze Medalist, IEEE Fellow, and George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Awardee
Switched Systems with Omega-Regular Switching Sequences: Application to Switched Observer Design​​​​​​​

In this talk, I will present recent results on discrete-time switched linear systems. We consider systems with constrained switching signals where the constraint is given by an omega-regular language. Omega-regular languages allow us to specify fairness properties (e.g., all modes have to be activated an infinite number of times) that cannot be captured by usual switching constraints given by dwell-times or graph constraints. By combining automata theoretic techniques and Lyapunov theory, we provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the stability of such switched systems. In the second part of the talk, I will present an application of our framework to observer design of switched systems that are unobservable for arbitrary switching. We establish a systematic and "almost universal" procedure to design observers for discrete-time switched linear systems. This is joint work with Georges Aazan, Luca Greco and Paolo Mason.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Posted January 22, 2024
Last modified January 24, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Boris Kramer, University of California San Diego
Scalable Computations for Nonlinear Balanced Truncation Model Reduction

Nonlinear balanced truncation is a model order reduction technique that reduces the dimension of nonlinear systems on nonlinear manifolds and preserves either open- or closed-loop observability and controllability aspects of the nonlinear system. Two computational challenges have so far prevented its deployment on large-scale systems: (a) the computation of Hamilton-Jacobi-(Bellman) equations that are needed for characterization of controllability and observability aspects, and (b) efficient model reduction and reduced-order model (ROM) simulation on the resulting nonlinear balanced manifolds. We present a novel unifying and scalable approach to balanced truncation for large-scale control-affine nonlinear systems that consider a Taylor-series based approach to solve a class of parametrized Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations that are at the core of balancing. The specific tensor structure for the coefficients of the Taylor series (tensors themselves) allows for scalability up to thousands of states. Moreover, we will present a nonlinear balance-and-reduce approach that finds a reduced nonlinear state transformation that balances the system properties. The talk will illustrate the strength and scalability of the algorithm on several semi-discretized nonlinear partial differential equations, including a nonlinear heat equation, vibrating beams, Burgers' equation and the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Posted January 23, 2024
Last modified January 28, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Luca Zaccarian, LAAS-CNRS and University of Trento
Lyapunov-Based Reset PID for Positioning Systems with Coulomb and Stribeck Friction

Reset control systems for continuous-time plants were introduced in the 1950s by J.C. Clegg, then extended by Horowitz twenty years later and revisited using hybrid Lyapunov theory a few decades ago, to rigorously deal with the continuous-discrete interplay stemming from the reset laws. In this talk, we provide an overview a recent research activity where suitable reset actions induce stability and performance of PID-controlled positioning systems suffering from nonlinear frictional effects. With the Coulomb-only effect, PID feedback produces a nontrivial set of equilibria whose asymptotic (but not exponential) stability can be certified by using a discontinuous Lyapunov-like function. With velocity weakening effects (the so-called Stribeck friction), the set of equilibria becomes unstable with PID feedback and the so-called ''hunting phenomenon'' (persistent oscillations) is experienced. Resetting laws can be used in both scenarios. With only Coulomb friction, the discontinuous Lyapunov-like function immediately suggests a reset action providing extreme performance improvement, preserving stability and increasing the convergence speed. With Stribeck, a more sophisticated set of logic-based reset rules recovers the global asymptotic stability of the set of equilibria, providing an effective solution to the hunting instability.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Posted January 27, 2024
Last modified February 21, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Sergey Dashkovskiy , Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Stability Properties of Dynamical Systems Subjected to Impulsive Actions

We consider several approaches to study stability and instability properties of infinite dimensional impulsive systems. The approaches are of Lyapunov type and provide conditions under which an impulsive system is stable. In particular we will cover the case, when discrete and continuous dynamics are not stable simultaneously. Also we will handle the case when both the flow and jumps are stable, but the overall system is not. We will illustrate these approaches by means of several examples.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Posted January 6, 2024
Last modified January 9, 2024

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11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Madalena Chaves, Centre Inria d'Université Côte d'Azur
Coupling, Synchronization Dynamics, and Emergent Behavior in a Network of Biological Oscillators

Biological oscillators often involve a complex network of interactions, such as in the case of circadian rhythms or cell cycle. Mathematical modeling and especially model reduction help to understand the main mechanisms behind oscillatory behavior. In this context, we first study a two-gene oscillator using piecewise linear approximations to improve the performance and robustness of the oscillatory dynamics. Next, motivated by the synchronization of biological rhythms in a group of cells in an organ such as the liver, we then study a network of identical oscillators under diffusive coupling, interconnected according to different topologies. The piecewise linear formalism enables us to characterize the emergent dynamics of the network and show that a number of new steady states is generated in the network of oscillators. Finally, given two distinct oscillators mimicking the circadian clock and cell cycle, we analyze their interconnection to study the capacity for mutual period regulation and control between the two reduced oscillators. We are interested in characterizing the coupling parameter range for which the two systems play the roles "controller-follower".

Monday, April 29, 2024

Posted January 17, 2024
Last modified February 26, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Tobias Breiten, Technical University of Berlin
On the Approximability of Koopman-Based Operator Lyapunov Equations

Computing the Lyapunov function of a system plays a crucial role in optimal feedback control, for example when the policy iteration is used. This talk will focus on the Lyapunov function of a nonlinear autonomous finite-dimensional dynamical system which will be rewritten as an infinite-dimensional linear system using the Koopman operator. Since this infinite-dimensional system has the structure of a weak-* continuous semigroup in a specially weighted Lp-space one can establish a connection between the solution of an operator Lyapunov equation and the desired Lyapunov function. It will be shown that the solution to this operator equation attains a rapid eigenvalue decay, which justifies finite rank approximations with numerical methods. The usefulness for numerical computations will also be demonstrated with two short examples. This is joint work with Bernhard Höveler (TU Berlin).

Monday, May 6, 2024

Posted January 16, 2024

Control and Optimization Seminar Questions or comments?

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Zoom (Click “Questions or Comments?” to request a Zoom link)

Jorge Poveda, University of California, San Diego Donald P. Eckman, NSF CAREER, and AFOSR Young Investigator Program Awardee
Multi-Time Scale Hybrid Dynamical Systems for Model-Free Control and Optimization

Hybrid dynamical systems, which combine continuous-time and discrete-time dynamics, are prevalent in various engineering applications such as robotics, manufacturing systems, power grids, and transportation networks. Effectively analyzing and controlling these systems is crucial for developing autonomous and efficient engineering systems capable of real-time adaptation and self-optimization. This talk will delve into recent advancements in controlling and optimizing hybrid dynamical systems using multi-time scale techniques. These methods facilitate the systematic incorporation and analysis of both "exploration and exploitation" behaviors within complex control systems through singular perturbation and averaging theory, resulting in a range of provably stable and robust algorithms suitable for model-free control and optimization. Practical engineering system examples will be used to illustrate these theoretical tools.