16.323 Principles of Optimal Control

Spring 2008

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Graphical representation of a line search equation. (Graph by Jonathan How.)

Course Description

This course studies basic optimization and the principles of optimal control. It considers deterministic and stochastic problems for both discrete and continuous systems. The course covers solution methods including numerical search algorithms, model predictive control, dynamic programming, variational calculus, and approaches based on Pontryagin's maximum principle, and it includes many examples and applications of the theory.
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Prof. Jonathan How

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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