Variational Calculus, Optimal Control and Applications

International Conference in honour of L. Bittner and R. Klötzler, Trassenheide, Germany, September 23-27, 1996
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Leonhard Bittner
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On the Convexification of Optimal Control Problems of Flight Dynamics.- Restricted Optimal Transportation Flows.- Relaxation Gaps in Optimal Control Processes with State Constraints.- Optimal Shape Design for Elliptic Hemivariational Inequalities in Nonlinear Elasticity.- A Discretization for Control Problems with optimality test.- Smooth and Nonsmooth Optimal Lipschitz Control - a Model Problem.- Suboptimality Theorems in Optimal Control.- A Second Order Sufficient Condition for Optimality in Nonlinear Control - the Conjugate Point Approach.- Extremal Problems for Elliptic Systems.- Existence Results for Some Nonconvex Optimization Problems Governed by Nonlinear Processes.- Multiobjective Optimal Control Problems.- Existence Principles and the Theory of Extremal Problems.- Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equations and Optimal Control.- Output Target Control and Uncertain Infinite-Dimensional Systems.- Sensitivity Analysis of Stiff and Non-stiff Initial-value Problems.- Algorithm of Real-Time Minimization of Control Norm for Incompletely Determined Linear Control Systems.- Set-valued Calculus and Dynamic Programming in Problems of Feedback Control.- Strong Observability of Time-dependent Linear Systems.- Sensitivity Analysis and Real-Time Control of Nonlinear Optimal Control Systems via Nonlinear Programming Methods.- Accelerating Multiple Shooting for State-constrained Trajectory Optimization Problems.- SQP Methods and their Application to Numerical Optimal Control.- Predictor-Corrector Continuation Method for Optimal Control Problems.- Time Invariant Global Stabilization of a Mobile Robot.- Competitive Running on a Hilly Track.- Convex Domains of Given Diameter with Greatest Volume.- Isoperimetric and Isodiametric Area-minimal Plane Convex Figures.- Minimizing the Noise of an Aircraft during Landing Approach.- Real-Time Computation of Strategies of Differential Games with Applications to Collision Avoidance.- The Use of Screening for the Control of an Endemic Disease.- Optimal Control of Sloshing Liquids.- Free Surface Waves in a Wave Tank.- Efficient Convexification of Flight Path Optimization Problems.- Determining the Controllability Region for the Re-entry of an Apollo-type Spacecraft.
The 12th conference on "Variational Calculus, Optimal Control and Applications" took place September 23-27, 1996, in Trassenheide on the Baltic Sea island of Use dom. Seventy mathematicians from ten countries participated. The preceding eleven conferences, too, were held in places of natural beauty throughout West Pomerania; the first time, in 1972, in Zinnowitz, which is in the immediate area of Trassenheide. The conferences were founded, and led ten times, by Professor Bittner (Greifswald) and Professor KlCitzler (Leipzig), who both celebrated their 65th birthdays in 1996. The 12th conference in Trassenheide, was, therefore, also dedicated to L. Bittner and R. Klotzler. Both scientists made a lasting impression on control theory in the former GDR. Originally, the conferences served to promote the exchange of research results. In the first years, most of the lectures were theoretical, but in the last few conferences practical applications have been given more attention. Besides their pioneering theoretical works, both honorees have also always dealt with applications problems. L. Bittner has, for example, examined optimal control of nuclear reactors and associated safety aspects. Since 1992 he has been working on applications in optimal control in flight dynamics. R. Klotzler recently applied his results on optimal autobahn planning to the south tangent in Leipzig. The contributions published in these proceedings reflect the trend to practical problems; starting points are often questions from flight dynamics.