Optimal Control (EE 60565)

University of Notre Dame

Fall 2011 - Enroll in EE60565 section 01
DeBartolo Hall 208, MWF 9:35 - 10:25
Office Hours: Thursday 4-6pm

Description: Optimal control is concerned with control laws that extremalize a specified measure of a dynamical system's performance. This course is a rigorous introduction to the classical theory of optimal control. The topics covered in this course include optimization of static functions, the calculus of variations, Pontragin's principle, dynamic programming, linear quadratic optimal control, non-cooperative differential games with applications to control theory, and optimal control of hybrid systems


  1. Nonlinear Programming Review
  2. Calculus of Variations
  3. Variational Approach to Optimal Control
  4. numerical methods for optimal control
  5. Maximum Principle
  6. Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation
  7. Linear Quadratic Regulator
  8. Differential Games and Optimal Control
  9. Optimal Control of Hybrid Systems

Grading: 30% homework, 30% midterm, 40% final
Instructor: Michael Lemmon, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (lemmon at nd dot edu)