This course is an introduction to nonlinear control with emphasis on differential geometric methods. Topics covered include linear and nonlinear dynamical systems analysis methods, Lyapunov theory and related controls applications, bifurcation analysis and related control applications and differential geometry and nonlinear control from the differential geometric point of view.

- B. Goodwine
- Office: 367 Fitzpatrick
- Email: goodwine@controls.ame.nd.edu

- Syllabus
*August 23, 1999.* - Source code for the logistic map example from class, and a slightly more complicated version which generates more plots.

- Homework 1, due September 2, 1999.
- Homework 2, due September 9, 1999.
- Homework 3, due September 16, 1999.
- Homework 4, due September 23, 1999.
- Homework 5, due September 30, 1999.
- Homework 6, due October 7, 1999.
- Homework 7, due November 4, 1999.
- Homework 8, due November 30, 1999.
- Final Exam, due December 17, 1999.

- Nonlinear systems introduction - subtleties, complexities and examples;
- Mathematical preliminaries;
- Dynamical systems overview;
- Lyapunov theory and control applications;
- Bifurcations and control applications;
- Basic differential geometry;
- Linearization by state feedback;
- Design examples using linearization;
- Controllability and observability;
- Steering drift-free systems;
- Application to stratified systems, legged robotic locomotion and robotic manipulation.

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