Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 197-208

Robust control of discrete-time hybrid systems with uncertain modal dynamics

Thordur Runolfsson

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman 73019, OK, USA

Received 26 April 2004

Copyright © 2004 Thordur Runolfsson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We study systems that are subject to sudden structural changes due to either changes in the operational mode of the system or failure. We consider linear dynamicalsystems that depend on a modal variable which is either modeled as a finite-state Markov chain or generated by an automaton that is subject to an external disturbance. In the Markov chain case, the objective of the control is to minimize a risk-sensitive cost functional. The risk-sensitive cost functional measures the risk sensitivity of the system to transitions caused by the random modal variable. In the case when a disturbed automaton describes the modal variable, the objective of the control is to make the system as robust to changes in the external disturbance as possible. Optimality conditions for both problems are derived and it is shown that the disturbance rejection problem is closely related to a certain risk-sensitive control problem for the hybrid system.