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Global optimization for the biaffine matrix inequality problem. (English) Zbl 0844.90083
Summary: It has recently been shown that an extremely wide array of robust controller design problems may be reduced to the problem of finding a feasible point under a Biaffine Matrix Inequality (BMI) constraint. The BMI feasibility problem is the bilinear version of the Linear (Affine) Matrix Inequality (LMI) feasibility problem, and may also be viewed as a bilinear extension to the Semidefinite Programming (SDP) problem. The BMI problem may be approached as a biconvex global optimization problem of minimizing the maximum eigenvalue of a biaffine combination of symmetric matrices. This paper presents a branch and bound global optimization algorithm for the BMI. A simple numerical example is included. The robust control problem, i.e., the synthesis of a controller for a dynamical physical system which guarantees stability and performance in the face of significant modelling error and worst-case disturbance inputs, is frequently encountered in a variety of complex engineering applications including the design of aircraft, satellites, chemical plants, and other precision positioning and tracking systems.

MSC:
90C30 Nonlinear programming
90C90 Applications of mathematical programming
Software:
LMI toolbox
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