Overcoming the limitations of adaptive control by means of logic-based switching

João P. Hespanha, Daniel Liberzon, A. Stephen Morse

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In this paper we describe a framework for deterministic adaptive control which involves logic-based switching among a family of candidate controllers. We compare it with more conventional adaptive control techniques that rely on continuous tuning, emphasizing how switching and logic can be used to overcome some of the limitations of traditional adaptive control. The issues are discussed in a tutorial, non-technical manner and illustrated with specific examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalSystems and Control Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 15 2003


  • Adaptive control
  • Hybrid systems
  • Nonlinear control
  • Supervisory control
  • Switched systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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