Encyclopedia of Systems and Control

2015 Edition
| Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad

Adaptive Control of Linear Time-Invariant Systems

  • Petros A. IoannouEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5058-9_111


Adaptive control of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems deals with the control of LTI systems whose parameters are constant but otherwise completely unknown. In some cases, large norm bounds as to where the unknown parameters are located in the parameter space are also assumed to be known. In general, adaptive control deals with LTI plants which cannot be controlled with fixed gain controllers, i.e., nonadaptive control methods, and their parameters even though assumed constant for design and analysis purposes may change over time in an unpredictable manner. Most of the adaptive control approaches for LTI systems use the so-called certainty equivalence principle where a control law motivated from the known parameter case is combined with an adaptive law for estimating on line the unknown parameters. The control law could be associated with different control objectives and the adaptive law with different parameter estimation techniques. These combinations give rise to a wide class of adaptive control schemes. The two popular control objectives that led to a wide range of adaptive control schemes include model reference adaptive control (MRAC) and adaptive pole placement control (APPC). In MRAC, the control objective is for the plant output to track the output of a reference model, designed to represent the desired properties of the plant, for any reference input signal. APPC is more general and is based on control laws whose objective is to set the poles of the closed loop at desired locations chosen based on performance requirements. Another class of adaptive controllers for LTI systems that involves ideas from MRAC and APPC is based on multiple models, search methods, and switching logic. In this class of schemes, the unknown parameter space is partitioned to smaller subsets. For each subset, a parameter estimator or a stabilizing controller is designed or a combination of the two. The problem then is to identify which subset in the parameter space the unknown plant model belongs to and/or which controller is a stabilizing one and meets the control objective. A switching logic is designed based on different considerations to identify the most appropriate plant model or controller from the list of candidate plant models and/or controllers. In this entry, we briefly describe the above approaches to adaptive control for LTI systems.


Adaptive pole placement control Direct MRAC Indirect MRAC LTI systems Model reference adaptive control Robust adaptive control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA