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Seminar Abstract:

In this talk we consider economic Model Predictive Control (MPC) schemes. “Economic” means that the MPC stage cost models economic considerations (like maximal yield, minimal energy consumption…) rather than merely penalizing the distance to a pre-computed steady state or reference trajectory. In order to keep implementation and design simple, we consider schemes without terminal constraints and costs.

In the first (longer) part of the talk, we summarize recent results on the performance and stability properties of such schemes for nonlinear discrete time systems. Particularly, we present conditions under which one can guarantee practical asymptotic stability of the optimal steady state as well as approximately optimal averaged and transient performance. Here, dissipativity of the underlying optimal control problems and the turnpike property are shown to play an important role (this part is based on joint work with Tobias Damm, Marleen Stieler and Karl Worthmann).

In the second (shorter) part of the talk we present an application of an economic MPC scheme to a Smart Grid control problem (based on joint work with Philipp Braun, Christopher Kellett, Steven Weller and Karl Worthmann). While economic MPC shows good results for this control problem in numerical simulations, several aspects of this application are not covered by the available theory. This is explained in the last part of the talk, along with some suggestions on how to overcome this gap.

Host University: The University of Newcastle (CARMA)

Seminar Convener: Matthew Tam

AGR Support: Andrew Danson


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