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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Matthew W. Harris
Matthew W. Harris
David K. Geller
The focus of this dissertation is in the application of convexity for control problems; specifically, single-agent problems with linear or nonlinear dynamics and multi-agent problems with linear dynamics. A mixture of convex and non-convex constraints for optimal control problems is also considered. The main contributions of this dissertation include: 1) a convexification of single-agent problems with linear dynamics and annular control constraint, 2) a technique for controlling bounded nonlinear single-agent systems, and 3) a technique for solving multi-agent pursuit-evasion games with linear dynamics and convex control and state constraints. The first result shows that for annularly constrained linear systems, controllability is a sufficient condition for a free or fixed time problem to be solvable as a sequence of convex optimization problems. The second result shows that if a nonlinear system is bounded and “ordered”, it is possible to use a convex combination of bounding linear systems to design a control for the nonlinear system. The third result takes advantage of a convex reachable set computation for each agent in solving games using a geometrical approach. Altogether, the theoretical and computational results demonstrate the significance of convex analysis in solving non-convex control problems.
Jansson, Olli Nikodeemus, "Convexity Applications in Single and Multi-Agent Control" (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 8719.
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