Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
We provide new methods in mathematical control theory for two significant classes of control systems with time delays, based on backstepping and sequential prediction. Our bounded backstepping results ensure global asymptotic stability for partially linear systems with an arbitrarily large number of integrators. We also build sequential predictors for time-varying linear systems with time-varying delays in the control, sampling in the control, and time-varying measurement delays. Our bounded backstepping results are novel because of their use of converging-input-converging-state conditions, which make it possible to solve feedback stabilization problems under input delays and under boundedness conditions on the feedback control. Our sequential predictors work is novel in its ability to cover time-varying measurement delays and sampling which were beyond the scope of existing sequential predictor methods for time-varying linear systems, and in the fact that the feedback controls that we obtain from our sequential predictors do not contain any distributed terms.
Weston, Jerome Avery, "Backstepping and Sequential Predictors for Control Systems" (2018). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 4640.
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