The Control and Optimization Laboratories focuses on research involving the development and application of advanced mathematical concepts to solving practical problems arising in the guidance, navigation, control and optimization of various dynamical systems. Our long-term research goals are to develop applicable techniques for the control of complex nonlinear systems.

Recent Submissions

  • Legendre pseudospectral approximations of optimal control problems 

    Ross, Michael; Fahroo, Fariba (Springer, 2003);
    We consider nonlinear optimal control problems with mixed statecontrol constraints. A discretization of the Bolza problem by a Legendre pseudospectral method is considered. It is shown that the operations of discretization ...
  • Preliminary design of earth-mars cyclers using solar sails 

    Stevens, Robert; Ross, I. Michael (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2005-01);
    Motivated by the concept of using cycler trajectories for Mars return missions, an optimal Earth–Mars cycler is designed for spacecraft that use solar sails. The design is preliminary in the sense that the trajectories are ...
  • A fast approach to multi-stage launch vehicle trajectory optimization 

    Ross, I.M.; D’Souza, C.; Fahroo, F.; Ross, J.B. (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2003-08);
    We present a fast and accurate approach for computing optimal trajectories for multi-stage launch vehicles. The computational technique is based on the pseudospectral (PS) knotting method implemented in the software package, ...
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