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Stabilization, Optimal and Robust Control

Theory and Applications in Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Provides the reader with up-to-date coverage of the control of the important partial-differential-equation class of systems

  • Examples applied in biological systems are of growing interest to control theorists and engineers

  • Mathematical level provided allows the book to be accessible to the non-control-specialist


Part of the Communications and Control Engineering book series (CCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General Introduction

  3. Convex Analysis and Duality Principles

  4. General Results and Concepts on Robust and Optimal Control Theory for Evolutive Systems

  5. Applications in the Biological and Physical Sciences: Modeling and Stabilization

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 483-502

About this book


Systems governed by nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) arise in many spheres of study. The stabilization and control of such systems, which are the focus of this book, are based around game theory. The robust control methods proposed here have the twin aims of compensating for system disturbances in such a way that a cost function achieves its minimum for the worst disturbances and providing the best control for stabilizing fluctuations with a limited control effort.

Stabilization, Optimal and Robust Control develops robust control of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems derived from time-dependent coupled PDEs associated with boundary-value problems. Rigorous analysis takes into account nonlinear system dynamics, evolutionary and coupled PDE behaviour and the selection of function spaces in terms of solvability and model quality.

Mathematical foundations essential for the required analysis are provided so that the book remains accessible to the non-control-specialist. Following chapters giving a general view of convex analysis and optimization and robust and optimal control, problems arising in fluid-mechanical, biological and materials-scientific systems are laid out in detail; specifically:

• mathematical treatment of nonlinear evolution systems (with and without time-varying delays);

• vortex dynamics in superconducting films and solidification of binary alloys;

• large-scale primitive equations in oceanic dynamics;

• heat transfer in biological tissues;

• population dynamics and resource management;

• micropolar fluid and blood motion.

The combination of mathematical fundamentals with applications of current interest will make this book of much interest to researchers and graduate students looking at complex problems in mathematics, physics and biology as well as to control theorists.


Control Fluid Mechanics Life Sciences Lot Optimal control PDE Partial Differential Equations Physical Sciences Robust Control Sobolev Spaces Stabilization biology optimization temperature tissue

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Natinal des Sciences, Appliqueés (INSA) de RennesCentre de MathématiquesRennesFrance

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From the reviews:

“The focus of the book is stabilization, control and fluctuation of systems governed by Partial Differential Equations (PDE), and their applications to biological and physical sciences. The techniques used are the ones of robust control theory based around game theory. … The book is of interest both for control theorist than for researchers involved in complex problems in fluid mechanics, biological systems and material sciences.” (Rosa Maria Bianchini, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1169, 2009)