Some Aspects of a Complexity Theory for Continuous Time Systems

  • Marco Gori
  • Klaus Meer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4497)


In this paper we survey previous work by the authors defining a complexity measure for certain continuous time systems. Starting point are energy functions of a particular structure. Global minimizers of such energies correspond to solutions of a given problem, for example an equilibrium point of an ordinary differential equation. The structure of such energies is used to define complexity classes for continuous problems and to obtain completeness results for those classes. We discuss as well algorithmic aspects of minimizing energy functions.


Equilibrium Point Energy Function Complexity Theory Complexity Class Complete Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Gori
    • 1
  • Klaus Meer
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università di Siena, Via Roma 56, I-53100 SienaItaly
  2. 2.Syddansk Universitet Odense, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense MDenmark

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