A Grassmann Matrix Approach for the Computation of Degenerate Solutions for Output Feedback Laws

Leventides, J., Meintanis, I. & Karcanias, N. (2017). A Grassmann Matrix Approach for the Computation of Degenerate Solutions for Output Feedback Laws. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 50(1), pp. 10839-10844. doi: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2017.08.2378

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The paper is concerned with the improvement of the overall sensitivity properties of a method to design feedback laws for multivariable linear systems which can be applied to the whole family of determinantal type frequency assignment problems, expressed by a unified description, the so-called Determinantal Assignment Problem (DAP). By using the exterior algebra/algebraic geometry framework, DAP is reduced to a linear problem (zero assignment of polynomial combinants) and a standard problem of multilinear algebra (decomposability of multivectors) which is characterized by the set of Quadratic Plücker Relations (QPR) that define the Grassmann variety of P. This design method is based on the notion of degenerate compensator, which are the solutions that indicate the boundaries of the control design and they provide the means for linearising asymptotically the nonlinear nature of the problems and hence are used as the starting points to generate linearized feedback laws. A new algorithmic approach is introduced for the computation and the selection of degenerate solutions (decomposable vectors) which allows the computation of static and dynamic feedback laws with reduced sensitivity (and hence more robust solutions). This approach is based on alternative, linear algebra type criterion for decomposability of multivectors to that defined by the QPRs, in terms of the properties of structured matrices, referred to as Grassmann Matrices. The overall problem is transformed to a nonlinear maximization problem where the objective function is expressed via the Grassmann Matrices and the first order conditions for optimality are reduced to a nonlinear eigenvalue-eigenvector problem. Hence, an iterative method similar to the power method for finding the largest modulus eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenvector is proposed as a solution for the above problem.

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Additional Information: © 2016, IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Hosting by Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
Publisher Keywords: Linear multivariable systems; Output feedback control (linear case); Linear systems; Frequency assignment
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19388

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