An Engineering Approach To Optimal Control and Estimation Theory
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A much-awaited guide to real-world problems in modern control andestimation

This combined text and reference deals with the design of moderncontrol systems. It is the first book in this rapidly growing fieldto approach optimal control and optimal estimation from a strictlypragmatic standpoint. Sidestepping the realm of theoreticalmathematics, An Engineering Approach to Optimal Control andEstimation Theory offers realistic and workable solutions that canbe put to immediate use by electrical and mechanical engineers inaerospace and in many other applications.

The author draws on his extensive experience in research anddevelopment from industry, government, and academia to presentsystematic, accessible coverage of all important topics, including:
* All basic mathematics needed to apply subsequent information
* A historical perspective on the evolution of modern control andestimation theory
* All major concepts relevant to the design of modern controlsystems--from the Kalman filter, to linear regulators, todecentralized Kalman filters
* Practical examples useful in applying the principles underdiscussion
* Problems at the end of each chapter
* Carefully selected references from the vast number of bookspublished on this subject
* Appendixes reviewing matrix algebra that is central to moderncontrol theory, as well as matrix subroutines, useful to bothstudents and practicing engineers

Optimal Control and Estimation Theory

Optimal control and optimal estimation have seen tremendous growthover the past three decades, owing to major advances in aerospaceand other types of engineering. Optimal control and estimationtheory is crucial to the design of modern control systems; forinstance, navigation, mobile robotics, or automated vehicles andaircraft. It ensures that variables such as temperatures orpressure are kept in check, regardless of the disturbance thesystem undergoes.

Despite the proliferation of books on the subject, most of thematerial published in this area is highly theoretical, andapproaches the subject in a "theorem-proof" fashion, which is moreappropriate to mathematics than to an engineering text. As itstitle suggests, An Engineering Approach to Optimal Control andEstimation Theory provides a practical and accessible guide,focusing on applications and implementation, and answeringreal-world questions faced by control engineers.

In its highly organized overview of all areas, the book examinesthe design of modern optimal controllers requiring the selection ofa performance criterion, demonstrates optimization of linearsystems with bounded controls and limited control effort, andconsiders nonlinearities and their effect on various types ofsignals.

Covering all the basics, the book deals with the evolution ofoptimal control and estimation theory, and presents the necessarymathematical background needed for this study. It also listsreferences and problems, and supplies appendixes for those wishingto delve into matrix algebra. Throughout, it offers opportunitiesfor experimentation, while discussing analysis, various filteringmethods, and many other pertinent topics.

An Engineering Approach to Optimal Control and Estimation Theory isan invaluable, self-contained reference for practicing engineers, auseful text for graduate students and qualified seniorundergraduates, and an important resource for anyone interested inthe future of modern control technology.


George M. Siouris, D.Eng.Sc., is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a researcher with the Directorate of Development Planning, Studies and Analysis Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Siouris has written numerous technical papers, book reviews, and conference papers; contributed a chapter on inertial navigation to the Encyclopedia of Physical Science Technology; and is the author of Aerospace Avionics Systems: A Modern Synthesis. From 1983 to 1993 he was the Editor for Navigation/Tracking Systems in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. His primary research interests include theory and applications of inertial navigation and guidance systems, modeling of physical systems, and applications of modern control and estimation theory.


Mathematical Preliminaries.

Linear Regression, Least-Squares and Maximum-LikelihoodEstimation.

The Kalman Filter.

Linear Regulators.

Covariance Analysis and Suboptimal Filtering.

The -beta-gamma Tracking Filters.

Decentralized Kalman Filters.