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Safe Adaptive Control

Data-Driven Stability Analysis and Robust Synthesis


  • Helps the reader achieve rapid plant adaptation in quickly-changing environments and fast convergence to target parameter values

  • Provides the reader with rigorous treatment of adaptive system stability

  • Gives the reader a method of analysing "model-mismatch" instability with a view to avoiding it


Part of the Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences book series (LNCIS, volume 405)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Overview of Adaptive Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margareta Stefanovic, Michael G. Safonov
      Pages 3-12
  3. Safe Switching Adaptive Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Margareta Stefanovic, Michael G. Safonov
      Pages 15-40
    3. Margareta Stefanovic, Michael G. Safonov
      Pages 41-128
    4. Margareta Stefanovic, Michael G. Safonov
      Pages 129-130
  4. Back Matter

About this book


Safe Adaptive Control gives a formal and complete algorithm for assuring the stability of a switched control system when at least one of the available candidate controllers is stabilizing. The possibility of having an unstable switched system even in the presence of a stabilizing candidate controller is demonstrated by referring to several well-known adaptive control approaches, where the system goes unstable when a large mismatch between the unknown plant and the available models exists ("plant-model mismatch instability"). Sufficient conditions for this possibility to be avoided are formulated, and a "recipe" to be followed by the control system designer to guarantee stability and desired performance is provided. The problem is placed in a standard optimization setting. Unlike the finite controller sets considered elsewhere, the candidate controller set is allowed to be continuously parametrized so that it can deal with plants with a very large range of uncertainties.


Adaptive Control Control Control Design Control Engineering OJ0642 Optimization Robust Control Stability Switched Systems Switching Uncertain Systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Electrical & Computer EngineeringUniversity of Wyoming LaramieUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Southern California Los AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Safe Adaptive Control
  • Book Subtitle Data-Driven Stability Analysis and Robust Synthesis
  • Authors Margareta Stefanovic
    Michael G. Safonov
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-84996-452-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84996-453-1
  • Series ISSN 0170-8643
  • Series E-ISSN 1610-7411
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 148
  • Number of Illustrations 68 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Control and Systems Theory
    Systems Theory, Control
    Artificial Intelligence
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From the reviews:

“The authors start with a subjective ‘overview of adaptive control’ and ‘literature review’ … underlying the limitations of the existing adaptive control algorithms and motivating the concepts presented in the book. … Safe adaptive control by Stefanovic and Safonov may be recommended to any control engineer active in the adaptive control field.” (Jacek Kabziński, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 b)