Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction (Anglais) Broché – 28 mai 2004
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In my opinion, to the student, Kirk is superior to Citron, to Athans and to Lewis (this is more recent), that is, this book is more concerned about teaching people. Athans is more encyclopedic but much more time-consuming to read.
With Kirk you will really learn the elements of optimal control theory.
Despite its long history, I would think that all material are still relevant, although there are available more "modern" numerical techniques (nonetheless, it's still always good to know how things were done "back in those days"). I would grade this as a must-have for the beginning student in Optimal Control. I have always been a fan of Dover books, publishing quality books at rock bottom prices. This one has just reinforced my liking of Dover Publishing.
The book starts with explaining why optimal control theory is important. Then it builds static optimizing theory. After these simpler parts are clearly explained, the calculus of variations and the dynamic optimization is introduced. The last part is numerical techniques for finding optimal control.
In my opinion this book explains, for example, the deriving of Riccati equation in the best way I have ever read. I can say that I finally understand where Riccati equation comes from. :)
Every section of the book is supported with several examples that help understanding the theory.
I recommend this book for everyone who wants to understand the optimal control theory fundamentals. It is especially suitable for those who are new to the topic.