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A Unified Framework for Hybrid Control: Model and Optimal Control Theory
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL
, 1998
"... Complex natural and engineered systems typically possess a hierarchical structure, characterized by continuousvariable dynamics at the lowest level and logical decisionmaking at the highest. Virtually all control systems todayfrom flight control to the factory floorperform computercoded chec ..."
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Complex natural and engineered systems typically possess a hierarchical structure, characterized by continuousvariable dynamics at the lowest level and logical decisionmaking at the highest. Virtually all control systems todayfrom flight control to the factory floorperform computercoded checks and issue logical as well as continuousvariable control commands. The interaction of these different types of dynamics and information leads to a challenging set of "hybrid" control problems. We propose a very general framework that systematizes the notion of a hybrid system, combining differential equations and automata, governed by a hybrid controller that issues continuousvariable commands and makes logical decisions. We first identify the phenomena that arise in realworld hybrid systems. Then, we introduce a mathematical model of hybrid systems as interacting collections of dynamical systems, evolving on continuousvariable state spaces and subject to continuous controls and discrete transitions. The model captures the identified phenomena, subsumes previous models, yet retains enough structure on which to pose and solve meaningful control problems. We develop a theory for synthesizing hybrid controllers for hybrid plants in an optimal control framework. In particular, we demonstrate the existence of optimal (relaxed) and nearoptimal (precise) controls and derive "generalized quasivariational inequalities" that the associated value function satisfies. We summarize algorithms for solving these inequalities based on a generalized Bellman equation, impulse control, and linear programming.
A Survey of Computational Complexity Results in Systems and Control
, 2000
"... The purpose of this paper is twofold: (a) to provide a tutorial introduction to some key concepts from the theory of computational complexity, highlighting their relevance to systems and control theory, and (b) to survey the relatively recent research activity lying at the interface between these fi ..."
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The purpose of this paper is twofold: (a) to provide a tutorial introduction to some key concepts from the theory of computational complexity, highlighting their relevance to systems and control theory, and (b) to survey the relatively recent research activity lying at the interface between these fields. We begin with a brief introduction to models of computation, the concepts of undecidability, polynomial time algorithms, NPcompleteness, and the implications of intractability results. We then survey a number of problems that arise in systems and control theory, some of them classical, some of them related to current research. We discuss them from the point of view of computational complexity and also point out many open problems. In particular, we consider problems related to stability or stabilizability of linear systems with parametric uncertainty, robust control, timevarying linear systems, nonlinear and hybrid systems, and stochastic optimal control.
Reachability Analysis of Dynamical Systems having PiecewiseConstant Derivatives
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1995
"... In this paper we consider a class of hybrid systems, namely dynamical systems with piecewiseconstant derivatives (PCD systems). Such systems consist of a partition of the Euclidean space into a finite set of polyhedral sets (regions). Within each region the dynamics is defined by a constant vector ..."
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In this paper we consider a class of hybrid systems, namely dynamical systems with piecewiseconstant derivatives (PCD systems). Such systems consist of a partition of the Euclidean space into a finite set of polyhedral sets (regions). Within each region the dynamics is defined by a constant vector field, hence discrete transitions occur only on the boundaries between regions where the trajectories change their direction. With respect to such systems we investigate the reachability question: Given an effective description of the systems and of two polyhedral subsets P and Q of the statespace, is there a trajectory starting at some x 2 P and reaching some point in Q? Our main results are a decision procedure for twodimensional systems, and an undecidability result for three or more dimensions. 1 Introduction 1.1 Motivation Hybrid systems (HS) are systems that combine intercommunicating discrete and continuous components. Most embedded systems belong to this class since they operate...
Differential Dynamic Logic for Hybrid Systems
, 2007
"... Hybrid systems are models for complex physical systems and are defined as dynamical systems with interacting discrete transitions and continuous evolutions along differential equations. With the goal of developing a theoretical and practical foundation for deductive verification of hybrid systems, ..."
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Hybrid systems are models for complex physical systems and are defined as dynamical systems with interacting discrete transitions and continuous evolutions along differential equations. With the goal of developing a theoretical and practical foundation for deductive verification of hybrid systems, we introduce a dynamic logic for hybrid programs, which is a program notation for hybrid systems. As a verification technique that is suitable for automation, we introduce a free variable proof calculus with a novel combination of realvalued free variables and Skolemisation for lifting quantifier elimination for real arithmetic to dynamic logic. The calculus is compositional, i.e., it reduces properties of hybrid programs to properties of their parts. Our main result proves that this calculus axiomatises the transition behaviour of hybrid systems completely relative to differential equations. In a case study with cooperating traffic agents of the European Train Control System, we further show that our calculus is wellsuited for verifying realistic hybrid systems with parametric system dynamics.
Complexity of Stability and Controllability of Elementary Hybrid Systems
, 1997
"... this paper, weconsider simple classes of nonlinear systems and provethatbasic questions related to their stabilityandcontrollabilityare either undecidable or computationally intractable (NPhard). As a special case, weconsider a class of hybrid systems in which the state space is partitioned into tw ..."
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this paper, weconsider simple classes of nonlinear systems and provethatbasic questions related to their stabilityandcontrollabilityare either undecidable or computationally intractable (NPhard). As a special case, weconsider a class of hybrid systems in which the state space is partitioned into two halfspaces, and the dynamics in eachhalfspace correspond to a differentlinear system
Computational aspects of feedback in neural circuits
 PLOS Computational Biology
, 2007
"... It has previously been shown that generic cortical microcircuit models can perform complex realtime computations on continuous input streams, provided that these computations can be carried out with a rapidly fading memory. We investigate the computational capability of such circuits in the more re ..."
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It has previously been shown that generic cortical microcircuit models can perform complex realtime computations on continuous input streams, provided that these computations can be carried out with a rapidly fading memory. We investigate the computational capability of such circuits in the more realistic case where not only readout neurons, but in addition a few neurons within the circuit, have been trained for specific tasks. This is essentially equivalent to the case where the output of trained readout neurons is fed back into the circuit. We show that this new model overcomes the limitation of a rapidly fading memory. In fact, we prove that in the idealized case without noise it can carry out any conceivable digital or analog computation on timevarying inputs. But even with noise, the resulting computational model can perform a large class of biologically relevant realtime computations that require a nonfading memory. We demonstrate these computational implications of feedback both theoretically, and through computer simulations of detailed cortical microcircuit models that are subject to noise and have complex inherent dynamics. We show that the application of simple learning procedures (such as linear regression or perceptron learning) to a few neurons enables such circuits to represent time over behaviorally relevant long time spans, to integrate evidence from incoming spike trains over longer periods of time, and to process new information contained in such spike trains in diverse ways according to the current internal state of the circuit. In particular we show that such generic cortical microcircuits with feedback provide a new model for working memory that is consistent with a large set of biological constraints.
Iteration, Inequalities, and Differentiability in Analog Computers
, 1999
"... Shannon's General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC) is an elegant model of analog computation in continuous time. In this paper, we consider whether the set G of GPACcomputable functions is closed under iteration, that is, whether for any function f(x) 2 G there is a function F (x; t) 2 G s ..."
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Shannon's General Purpose Analog Computer (GPAC) is an elegant model of analog computation in continuous time. In this paper, we consider whether the set G of GPACcomputable functions is closed under iteration, that is, whether for any function f(x) 2 G there is a function F (x; t) 2 G such that F (x; t) = f t (x) for nonnegative integers t. We show that G is not closed under iteration, but a simple extension of it is. In particular, if we relax the definition of the GPAC slightly to include unique solutions to boundary value problems, or equivalently if we allow functions x k (x) that sense inequalities in a dierentiable way, the resulting class, which we call G + k , is closed under iteration. Furthermore, G + k includes all primitive recursive functions, and has the additional closure property that if T (x) is in G+k , then any function of x computable by a Turing machine in T (x) time is also.
An analog characterization of the Grzegorczyk hierarchy
 Journal of Complexity
, 2002
"... We study a restricted version of Shannon's General . . . ..."
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Achilles and the Tortoise climbing up the hyperarithmetical hierarchy
, 1997
"... We pursue the study of the computational power of Piecewise Constant Derivative (PCD) systems started in [5, 6]. PCD systems are dynamical systems defined by a piecewise constant differential equation and can be considered as computational machines working on a continuous space with a continuous tim ..."
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We pursue the study of the computational power of Piecewise Constant Derivative (PCD) systems started in [5, 6]. PCD systems are dynamical systems defined by a piecewise constant differential equation and can be considered as computational machines working on a continuous space with a continuous time. We prove that the languages recognized by rational PCD systems in dimension d = 2k + 3 (respectively: d = 2k + 4), k 0, in finite continuous time are precisely the languages of the ! k th (resp. ! k + 1 th ) level of the hyperarithmetical hierarchy. Hence the reachability problem for rational PCD systems of dimension d = 2k + 3 (resp. d = 2k + 4), k 1, is hyperarithmetical and is \Sigma ! kcomplete (resp. \Sigma ! k +1 complete).
A Survey of ContinuousTime Computation Theory
 Advances in Algorithms, Languages, and Complexity
, 1997
"... Motivated partly by the resurgence of neural computation research, and partly by advances in device technology, there has been a recent increase of interest in analog, continuoustime computation. However, while specialcase algorithms and devices are being developed, relatively little work exists o ..."
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Motivated partly by the resurgence of neural computation research, and partly by advances in device technology, there has been a recent increase of interest in analog, continuoustime computation. However, while specialcase algorithms and devices are being developed, relatively little work exists on the general theory of continuoustime models of computation. In this paper, we survey the existing models and results in this area, and point to some of the open research questions. 1 Introduction After a long period of oblivion, interest in analog computation is again on the rise. The immediate cause for this new wave of activity is surely the success of the neural networks "revolution", which has provided hardware designers with several new numerically based, computationally interesting models that are structurally sufficiently simple to be implemented directly in silicon. (For designs and actual implementations of neural models in VLSI, see e.g. [30, 45]). However, the more fundamental...