University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Fall 2002 Seminar Series

Some Examples of Optimal Control

Prof. Arthur Bryson

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University


This talk will show some of the unusual (and I hope instructive) applications of optimal control that I have collected over the last 30 years. Professional software packages like MATLAB have made it possible to easily calculate and display many of these examples, so I shall show you COMPUTER-ANIMATED MOVIES of controlled plants like bicycles, unicycles, trucks with trailers, and (of course) spacecraft and aircraft. Lastly I will make a pitch for using neighboring optimal control as a promising technique for controlling nonlinear systems with feedback.

Friday, November 15, 2002
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
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