Course Syllabus for

Optimal Control
Optimal styrteori

FRT105F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2023
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2014-03-12

General Information

Division: Automatic Control
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Optimal control is the problem of determining the control function for a dynamical system to minimize a cost related to the system trajectory. The subject has its roots in the calculus of variations but it evolved to an independent branch of applied mathematics and engineering in the 1950s. The overall goal of the course is to provide an understanding of the main results in calculus of variations and optimal control, and how these results can be used in various applications such as in robotics, finance, economics, and biology


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Dynamic programming. Pontryagin's maximum principle. Linear quadratic regulator. Numerical methods for optimal control problems.

Course Literature

Lecture notes written by lectures

Instruction Details

Type of instruction: Lectures

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Linear control systems

Further Information

The course will be given only when there are at least 6 attendants.

Course Occasion Information

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