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Control Theory from the Geometric Viewpoint

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Part of the book series: Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences (EMS, volume 87)

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This book presents some facts and methods of the Mathematical Control Theory treated from the geometric point of view. The book is mainly based on graduate courses given by the first coauthor in the years 2000-2001 at the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy. Mathematical prerequisites are reduced to standard courses of Analysis and Linear Algebra plus some basic Real and Functional Analysis. No preliminary knowledge of Control Theory or Differential Geometry is required. What this book is about? The classical deterministic physical world is described by smooth dynamical systems: the future in such a system is com­ pletely determined by the initial conditions. Moreover, the near future changes smoothly with the initial data. If we leave room for "free will" in this fatalistic world, then we come to control systems. We do so by allowing certain param­ eters of the dynamical system to change freely at every instant of time. That is what we routinely do in real life with our body, car, cooker, as well as with aircraft, technological processes etc. We try to control all these dynamical systems! Smooth dynamical systems are governed by differential equations. In this book we deal only with finite dimensional systems: they are governed by ordi­ nary differential equations on finite dimensional smooth manifolds. A control system for us is thus a family of ordinary differential equations. The family is parametrized by control parameters.

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Table of contents (24 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • SISSA-ISAS, Trieste, Italy

    Andrei A. Agrachev

  • Program Systems Institute, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia

    Yuri L. Sachkov

About the authors

Andrei A. Agrachev

Born in Moscow, Russia.

Graduated: Moscow State Univ., Applied Math. Dept., 1974.

Ph.D.: Moscow State Univ., 1977.

Doctor of Sciences (habilitation): Steklov Inst. for Mathematics, Moscow, 1989.

Invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians ICM-94 in Zurich.

Over 90 research papers on Control Theory, Optimization, Geometry (featured review of Amer. Math. Soc., 2002).

Professional Activity: Inst. for Scientific Information, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1977-1992; Moscow State Univ., 1989-1997; Steklov Inst. for Mathematics, Moscow, 1992-present; International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA-ISAS), Trieste, 2000-present.

Current positions: Professor of SISSA-ISAS, Trieste, Italy

and Leading Researcher of the Steklov Ins. for Math., Moscow, Russia


Yuri L. Sachkov

Born in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Graduated: Moscow State Univ., Math. Dept., 1986.

Ph.D.: Moscow State Univ., 1992.

Over 20 research papers on Control Theory.

Professional Activity: Program Systems Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pereslavl-Zalessky, 1989-present;

University of Pereslavl, 1993-present.

Steklov Inst. for Mathematics, Moscow, 1998-1999;

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA-ISAS), Trieste, 1999-2001.

Current positions: Senior researcher of Program Systems Institute, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia;

Associate professor of University of Pereslavl, Russia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Control Theory from the Geometric Viewpoint

  • Authors: Andrei A. Agrachev, Yuri L. Sachkov

  • Series Title: Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-21019-1Published: 15 April 2004

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-05907-0Published: 05 December 2010

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-06404-7Published: 14 March 2013

  • Series ISSN: 0938-0396

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 412

  • Topics: Systems Theory, Control

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