On the Determination of an On-Demand Policy for a Multilayer Control System

Tsuji, K. and Lefkowitz, I. (1975) On the Determination of an On-Demand Policy for a Multilayer Control System. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria, WP-75-035

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Abstract

The cost-performance tradeoff problem associated with a multilayer control system for controlling a class of static, nonlinear, multivariable systems is considered. The multilayer control system has a number of layers of control functions each of which updates different subsets of the manipulated variables at different costs.

A favorable cost-performance tradeoff is achieved by determining at each control decision time which subset of the control variables is to be updated. In this paper, we present a mathematical model which describes the operation of the multilayer control system. Also we show that the problem of determining a decision rule (policy) which results in an optimal cost-performance tradeoff can be formulated as a problem in Markovian Decision Processes. Consequently, an optimal policy can be identified by solving a linear program.

In order to reduce the computational effort required for identifying the optimal policy, a class of parameterized policies is introduced based on a measure of deviation of the disturbance. This approach provides a designer with a practical method of determining a control policy which achieves a favorable cost-performance tradeoff.

An example is given for demonstrating a possible application to process control.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Management and Technology Area (MMT)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:42
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 21:16
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/393

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