Adaptive output feedback control of nonlinear systems using neural networks

Anthony J. Calise, Naira Hovakimyan, Moshe Idan

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A direct adaptive output feedback control design procedure is developed for highly uncertain nonlinear systems, that does not rely on state estimation. The approach is also applicable to systems of unknown, but bounded dimension. In particular, we consider single-input/single-output nonlinear systems, whose output has known, but otherwise arbitrary relative degree. This includes systems with both parameter uncertainty and unmodeled dynamics. The result is achieved by extending the universal function approximation property of linearly parameterized neural networks to model unknown system dynamics from input/output data. The network weight adaptation rule is derived from Lyapunov stability analysis, and guarantees that the adapted weight errors and the tracking error are bounded. Numerical simulations of an output feedback controlled van der Pol oscillator, coupled with a linear oscillator, is used to illustrate the practical potential of the theoretical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1211
Number of pages11
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive control
  • Neural networks
  • Output feedback
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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