School Seminars and Colloquia

The Optimal Control of a Train


by Prof. Phil Howlett

Institution: School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Australia
Date: Wed 2nd May 2007
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: I will discuss an application of the Pontryagin Principle to determine a driving strategy that minimises fuel consumption subject to the train arriving on time at the next scheduled stop. I will discuss formulation of the problem, existence of an optimal strategy (albeit briefly), solution of the Pontryagin equations, the
calculation of a precise optimal speed profile, and an argument that might be used to establish uniqueness of the solution.

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