Bayesian nonparametric adaptive control of time-varying systems using Gaussian processes

Girish Chowdhary, Hassan A. Kingravi, Jonathan P. How, Patricio A. Vela

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Real-world dynamical variations make adaptive control of time-varying systems highly relevant. However, most adaptive control literature focuses on analyzing systems where the uncertainty is represented as a weighted linear combination of fixed number of basis functions, with constant weights. One approach to modeling time variations is to assume time varying ideal weights, and use difference integration to accommodate weight variation. However, this approach reactively suppresses the uncertainty, and has little ability to predict system behavior locally. We present an alternate formulation by leveraging Bayesian nonparametric Gaussian Process adaptive elements. We show that almost surely bounded adaptive controllers for a class of nonlinear time varying system can be formulated by incorporating time as an additional input to the Gaussian kernel. Analysis and simulations show that the learning-enabled local predictive ability of our adaptive controllers significantly improves performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 American Control Conference, ACC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781479901777
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2013Jun 19 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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