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On The Stability Of Unconstrained Receding Horizon Control With A General Terminal Cost, Ali Jadbabaie, John Hauser Dec 2001

On The Stability Of Unconstrained Receding Horizon Control With A General Terminal Cost, Ali Jadbabaie, John Hauser

Departmental Papers (ESE)

This paper deals with unconstrained receding horizon control of nonlinear systems with a general, non-negative terminal cost. Earlier results have indicated that when the terminal cost is a suitable local control Lyapunov function, the receding horizon scheme is stabilizing for any horizon length. In a recent paper, the authors show that there always exist a uniform horizon length which guarantees stability of the receding horizon scheme over any sub-level set of the finite horizon cost when the terminal cost is identically zero. In this paper, we extend this result to the case where the terminal cost is a general non-negative ...


Maglev Vs. High Speed Rail: The Debate, Vukan R. Vuchic Mar 2001

Maglev Vs. High Speed Rail: The Debate, Vukan R. Vuchic

Departmental Papers (ESE)

February I 6, 2001 issue "The Urban Transportation Monitor" published a summary of Professor Vukan Vuchic's critical review of the decision by the US. Department of Transportation to select maglev as a High Speed Ground Transportation mode as well as to select the Washington D.C.-Baltimore corridor as one of two locations to develop a pilot project to test maglev technology. Phyllis M Wilkins, Executive Director of Maglev Maryland, in conjunction with the Maryland Mass Transportation Administration, prepared a response to Dr. Vuchic 's article. The "Urban Transportation Monitor" asked Dr. Vuchic to provide a rebuttal. Ms. Wilkins ...


Preliminary Analysis Of A Biologically Inspired 1-Dof "Clock" Stabilized Hopper, Haldun Komsuoglu, Daniel E. Koditschek Jan 2001

Preliminary Analysis Of A Biologically Inspired 1-Dof "Clock" Stabilized Hopper, Haldun Komsuoglu, Daniel E. Koditschek

Departmental Papers (ESE)

We investigate the stability of a one degree of freedom mechanical spring-mass system modulated by a feed-forward "clock" that stiffens and relaxes a Hooke's law potential force according to a periodic rhythm. At the present early stage of inquiry, we offer sufficient conditions for local asymptotic stability of an isolated periodic orbit when there is no feedback to the clock at all but some viscous friction in the mechanism. We conjecture that, absent feedback, a lossless mechanical system cannot exhibit an asymptotically stable limit cycle in response to such rhythmic excitation.