Recent Developments in Variable Structure Systems, Economics and Biology

Proceedings of US-Italy Seminar, Taormina, Sicily, August 29 – September 2, 1977

  • R. R. Mohler
  • A. Ruberti
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 162)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. G. Casalino, F. Davoli, R. Zoppoli
    Pages 93-117
  3. David L. Elliott
    Pages 118-122
  4. E. Fornasini, G. Marchesini
    Pages 123-129
  5. C. Gori-Giorgi, S. Monaco
    Pages 143-157
  6. David G. Luenberger
    Pages 189-200
  7. A. Marzollo, A. Pascoletti, P. Serafini
    Pages 201-213
  8. Sanjoy K. Mitter, Pal Toldalagi
    Pages 214-221
  9. S. Nonoyama, T. J. Tarn
    Pages 252-259
  10. George Oster
    Pages 260-271
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 327-328

About these proceedings


The seminar for which the proceedings are published here evolved from a cooperative research program on bilinear systems and applications to immunology at the Oregon State University and at the University of Rome. The topics include more general forms of variable structure systems which may be divided into categories of mathematical system theory, economic applications and biological applications. Throughout the seminar there was emphasis on the integration of theory and app- cation. In most cases, theoretical derivations are motivated by their need to solve practical problems. In reading the proceedings, it becomes apparent that bilinear systems, quadratic systems and more general variable structure or adaptive systems become natural models in many cases and excellent approximations in others. It is seen that linear systems have very limited use particularly in economics and biology. Variable structure systems are analyzed in terms of structure,volterra kernels, system modelling, parameter identification,- controllability and Lie algebra to mention a few. Certainly, it ia nbt possible to present a complete tre- ment of these numerous topics, but at the Same time the unifying power of the systems approach and variable structure systems is shown.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. R. Mohler
    • 1
  • A. Ruberti
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical and Computer EngineeringOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Istituto di AutomaticaUniversità di RomaRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-09089-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-45509-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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