EML 6934 - Optimal Control

Fall 2017

Course Instructor: Dr. Anil V. Rao, MAE-A 314, E-mail: anilvrao@ufl.edu. Tel: 352-392-5523 (Office)

Office Hours: MWF Period 3

Lecture Days and Times: Tuesday Periods 5 and 6, Thursday Period 6.

Lecture Room: Larson Hall 330.

Required Textbook: Kirk, D. E., *Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction,* Dover Publications, 2005.

Teaching Assistant: Joseph Eide. E-mail: gatoreide@ufl.edu

Office Hours: TBD

Syllabus:

- Calculus of Variations
- Calculus of Variations Applied to Optimal Control
- Nonlinear Optimization
- Numerical Methods for Solving Optimal Control Problems

Assignments:

Course Project: The project for the course is as follows. Choose two optimal control problems, one from the "elementary" pptimal control problems list and one from the "advanced" optimal control problems list (see the project handout which can be found by clicking here). For the problem you choose from "elementary" list you must formulate the complete set of first-order optimality conditions for your problem using the calculus of variations. You must then solve your problem using an indirect numerical method and a direct numerical method that we have studied in the course. Next, for the problem you choose from "advanced" list you must choose a single method (indirect

Syllabus:

- Homework: 0 percent
- Exam #1: 50 percent
- Final Project: 50 percent

Grading Scale:

- 95 to 100: A
- 90 to 95: A-
- 85 to 90: B+
- 80 to 85: B
- 75 to 80: B-
- 70 to 75: C+
- 65 to 70: C
- 60 to 65: C-
- 55 to 60: D+
- 50 to 55: D
- 45 to 50: D-
- Below 45: E