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The most important conference on control

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*IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2013*, was held in this month, Dec 10-13, in Florence, Italy. Of course, I was there.

Foods are good, wines excellent, Duomo gorgeous, bazaar funny, I fully enjoyed my stay!

By the way, I found papers related to sparsity in control including my paper:

**Maximum Hands-Off Control and L**

^{1}OptimalityM. Nagahara, Kyoto Univ.

D. E. Quevedo, The Univ. of Newcastle

D. Nesic, Univ. of Melbourne

Abstract:In this article, we propose a new paradigm of control, called a maximum hands-off control. A hands-off control is defined as a control that has a much shorter support than the horizon length. The maximum hands-off control is the minimum support (or sparsest) control among all admissible controls. We first prove that a solution to an L1-optimal control problem gives a maximum hands-off control, and vice versa. This result rationalizes the use of L1 optimality in computing a maximum hands-off control. The solution has in general the "bang-off-bang" property, and hence the control may be discontinuous. We then propose an L1/L2-optimal control to obtain a continuous hands-off control. Examples are shown to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed control method.

**Graphical FPGA Design for a Predictive Controller with Application to Spacecraft Rendezvous**

E. N. Hartley, Univ. of Cambridge

J. M. Maciejowski, Univ. of Cambridge

Abstract:A reconfigurable field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based predictive controller based on Nesterov's fast gradient method is designed using Simulink and converted to VHDL using Mathworks' HDL Coder. The implementation is verified by application to a spacecraft rendezvous and capture scenario, with communication between the FPGA and a simulation of the relative dynamics occuring over Ethernet. For a problem with 120 decision variables and 240 constraints, computation times of 0.95 ms are achieved with a clock rate of 50 MHz, corresponding to a speed up of more than 2000 over running the algorithm directly on a MicroBlaze microprocessor implemented on the same FPGA.

**Sparse Control Using Sum-Of-Norms Regularized Model Predictive Control**

S. K. Pakazad, Linköping Univ.

H. Ohlsson, Linköping Univ.

L. Ljung, Linkoping Univ.

Abstract:Some control applications require the use of piecewise constant or impulse-type control signals, with as few changes as possible. So as to achieve this type of control, we consider the use of regularized model predictive control (MPC), which allows us to impose this structure through the use of regularization. It is then possible to regulate the trade-off between control performance and control signal characteristics by tuning the so-called regularization parameter. However, since the mentioned trade-off is only indirectly affected by this parameter, its tuning is often unintuitive and time-consuming. In this paper, we propose an equivalent reformulation of the regularized MPC, which enables us to configure the desired trade-off in a more intuitive and computationally efficient manner. This reformulation is inspired by the so-called varepsilon-constraint formulation of multi-objective optimization problems and enables us to quantify the trade-off, by explicitly assigning bounds over the control performance.

**Near-Ideal Behavior of a Modified Elastic Net Algorithm**

M. Vidyasagar, The Univ. of Texas at Dallas

Abstract:In this paper it is shown that a modification of the Elastic Net algorithm (MEN) exhibits near ideal behavior in the following sense: Suppose the input to the algorithm is a vector of known sparsity index but unknown locations for the nonzero components. Then the output error of the algorithm is bounded by a universal constant times the error achieved by an oracle that knows not just the sparsity index but also the locations of the nonzero components. This result generalizes an earlier result of Candes and Plan on the near ideal behavior of the LASSO algorithm.

**Sparse Networked Control of Input Constrained Linear Systems**

H. Kong, The Univ. of Newcastle

G. C. Goodwin, Univ. of Newcastle

M. Seron, The Univ. of Newcastle

Abstract:In networked control, there is often an incentive to communicate only what is absolutely necessary to achieve the desired performance goals. This is true of both the downlink (between a control base station and actuators) and the uplink (between the sensors and base station). Here we present a possible solution to this problem based on a singular value decomposition (SVD) of the Hessian of the quadratic performance index generally considered in Model Predictive Control (MPC). The singular vectors are employed to generate an orthonormal basis function expansion of the unconstrained solution to the finite horizon optimal control problem. These are pre-loaded into each actuator and each sensor. On the downlink, the actuators are informed in real-time about which basis functions they should use. On the uplink, after a “burn in period”, the sensors need only communicate when their response departs from that pre-calculated for the given basis functions. We show that this strategy facilitates sparse communication in both the downlink and uplink. We also show that the strategy can be modified so that input constraints are satisfied. The proposed results are illustrated by an example.

**Soft-Constrained Lasso-MPC for Robust LTI Tracking: Enlarged Feasible Region and an ISS Gain Estimate**

M. Gallieri, Univ. of Cambridge

J. M. Maciejowski, Univ. of Cambridge

Abstract:This paper investigates the robustness of a soft constrained LTI MPC for set-point tracking, using an l1- regularised cost. The MPC using this type of cost (informally dubbed lasso-MPC) is suitable, for instance, for redundantly- actuated systems. This is because of its ability to select a set of preferred actuators, leaving the other ones at rest for most of the time. The proposed approach aims to recover from state constraint violation and to track a changing set-point. Nominal stability is guaranteed for all feasible references and robustness to additive uncertainties is formally characterised, under certain assumptions. In particular, sufficient conditions are given for the feasible region to be robustly invariant, this region being larger than the MPC for regulation. The closed- loop system is input-to-state stable (ISS), and a local ISS gain is computed. All results apply to stabilisable LTI systems. Results hold as well for the more common quadratic MPC, a special case of the proposed controller.

**Proximal Newton Methods for Convex Composite Optimization**

P. Patrinos, IMT Inst. for Advanced Studies Lucca

A. Bemporad, IMT Inst. for Advanced Studies Lucca

Abstract:This paper proposes two proximal Newton methods for convex nonsmooth optimization problems in composite form. The algorithms are based on a new continuously differentiable exact penalty function, namely the emph{Composite Moreau Envelope}. The first algorithm is based on a standard line search strategy, whereas the second one combines the global efficiency estimates of the corresponding first-order methods, while achieving fast asymptotic convergence rates. Furthermore, they are computationally attractive since each Newton iteration requires the solution of a linear system of usually small dimension.

Enjoy!