On the selection of appropiate control system design methodologies

L.G. van Willigenburg, W.L. de Koning, Z.S. Chalabi, M. Tchamitchian, G. van Straten

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paperAcademicpeer-review


Abstract: We will argue in this paper that the nature and magnitude of model uncertainty dictate the appropriateness of the control system design methodology. To obtain these arguments, we will pursue optimality of the control system design. Note this is a philosophical paper, in which we present our arguments in qualitative terms. We will identify the circumstances under which several control system design methodologies are appropriate. The design methodologies that will be considered are (1) optimal control and optimal feedback design, (2) model predictive control (receding horizon control), (3) active and passive adaptive control and (4) robust control. Robust control strategies are conservative and limit the possible improvements that can be obtained over say classical PID control. However, it will turn out that for certain types of control problems, improvements in performance are indeed limited. Roughly speaking, the area where we may expect (significant) improvement from advanced (optimal) control system design is very much limited by the uncertainty of the systems model. Miracles are not to be expected from advanced control. What can be expected is reflected in an active adaptive optimal control scheme introduced and discussed in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event16th IFAC World Congress, Prague -
Duration: 3 Jul 20058 Jul 2005


Conference16th IFAC World Congress, Prague


Dive into the research topics of 'On the selection of appropiate control system design methodologies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this