Summer School of Automatic Control - Grenoble 2012
Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems

Context and motivations

Distributed parameter systems are an area of research which appears in the 1960s. Their interests appear naturally because they are found in many situations, for example, in the modeling of traffic, plasma, chemical reactors, and in fluid mechanics. In this school, we will focus more specifically to issues of modeling and control of distributed parameter systems. Unlike conventional systems, the most useful models are written in terms of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) to reflect the distributed nature of the parameters. The issue of modeling is already interesting and difficult, especially for physical systems where the control and the sensors are only located at the edge of the field.

Controllability and Observability are difficult concepts and relevant to this type of systems described mostly by a single PDE. The study of these questions involves mathematical techniques and sophisticated automatic control tools. Control of these systems allows the introduction of a loop (and hence coupling) which makes the study of the system even more complicated. There are already many mathematical tools to study and to formalize certain types of simple controls (even if there are open questions). The calculation of more sophisticated controls is difficult and remains a very current theory for distributed parameter systems.
In particular, the lectures of the school deal with

  • Partial Differential Equation, 
  • Port Hamiltonian System, 
  • System of Conservation laws, 
  • Nonlinear equation, 
  • Delay
  • Fusion,
  • Hyperbolic system, …