Geometric optimal control for symmetry breaking cost functions

Andy D. Borum, Timothy Bretl

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We consider an optimal control problem defined on a Lie group whose associated Hamiltonian function is left-invariant under the action of a subgroup of the Lie group. Necessary conditions for optimality are derived using Lie-Poisson reduction for semidirect products, which allows us to study the Hamiltonian system in a space of lower dimension. Our main contribution is a reduced sufficient condition for optimality that relies on the nonexistence of conjugate points. We derive coordinate formulae for computing conjugate points in the reduced Hamiltonian system, and we relate these conjugate points to local optimality in the original optimal control problem. These conditions are applied to an optimal control problem that can be used to model either a kinematic airplane or a Kirchhoff elastic rod in a gravitational field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control,CDC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479977468
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 53rd IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Dec 15 2014Dec 17 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Other2014 53rd IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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