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16.323 Principles of Optimal Control, Spring 2006

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Course Description

This course studies the principles of deterministic optimal control. It uses variational calculus and Pontryagin's maximum principle. It focuses on applications of the theory, including optimal feedback control, time-optimal control, and others. Dynamic programming and numerical search algorithms are introduced briefly.


Prof. Jonathan How

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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