Encyclopedia of Systems and Control

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| Editors: John Baillieul, Tariq Samad

Tracking Model Predictive Control

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-5102-9_3-1


The main objective of tracking model predictive control is to steer the tracking error, that is, the difference between the reference and the output, to zero while the constraints are satisfied. In order to predict the expected evolution of the tracking error, some assumptions on the future values of the reference must be considered. Since the reference may differ from expected, the tracking problem is inherently uncertain.The most extended case is to assume that the reference will remain constant along the prediction horizon. Tracking predictive schemes for constant references are typically based on a two-layer control structure in which, provided the value of the reference, first, an appropriate set point is computed and then a nominal MPC is designed to steer the system to this target. Under certain assumptions, closed-loop stability can be guaranteed if the initial state is inside the feasibility region of the MPC. However, if the value of the reference is changed, then there is no guarantee that feasibility and stability properties of the resulting control law hold. Specialized predictive controllers have been designed to deal with this problem. Particularly interesting is the so-called MPC for tracking, which ensures recursive feasibility and asymptotic stability of the set point when the value of the reference is changed.The presence of exogenous disturbances or model mismatches may lead to the controlled system to exhibit offset error. Offset-free control in the presence of unmeasured disturbances can be addressed by using disturbance models and disturbance estimators together with the tracking predictive controller.


Set-point tracking Loss of feasibility MPC for tracking Offset-free control 
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  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Escuela Superior de IngenieríaUniversidad de SevillaSevillaSpain