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Dynamic Optimization and Control Theory

Location

Air Force Institute of Technology

RO# Location
13.50.00.B7598 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Sritharan, Sivaguru S. sivaguru.sritharan@afit.edu (937)-255-6565 EXT: 3315

Description

This research focuses on the utilization of non-convex, non-smooth optimization techniques to solve nonlinear time variant problems of importance to the Air Force. Typical problems can come from control and management of turbulence, estimation of ocean-atmospheric flow parameters, complex C4ISR network operations, unmanned systems operations and path planning, and optimal maneuvering of aerial and space vehicles.

Research includes (1) studying variational and quasi-variational inequalities for optimal stopping and impulse control problems of sequential decision making; (2) exploring the connection between differential games and H-infinity control in the context of infinite dimensional problems in fluid flow control; (3) studying mixed-integer programming problems for unmanned systems path planning and obstacle avoidance, and dynamic network optimization problems; and (4) dynamic programming analysis for feedback control synthesis of infinite dimensional time dependent physical processes of interest to the Air Force, such as low/high speed aerodynamics and plasma dynamics problems arising in particular in hypersonic range.

 

References

Havarneanu T, Popa C, Sritharan SS: Advances in Differential Equations. 11(8): 893, 2006

Barbu V, Sritharan SS: Nonlinear Analysis, Theory, Methods and Applications 64: 1018, 2006

 

Keywords:
Non-convex optimization; Variational inequalities; Non-smooth analysis; Controllability theory; Observability theory; Nonlinear programming; Dynamic programming; Optimal stopping; Mixed-integer programming;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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