A New Solution Concept and Family of Relaxations for Hybrid Dynamical Systems

Tyler Westenbroek1, Shankar Sastry1, Humberto Gonzalez2

  • 1University of California, Berkeley
  • 2Instart Logic



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10:00 - 12:00 | Mon 17 Dec | Splash 13-14 | MoA21

Hybrid Systems I

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We introduce a holistic framework for the analysis, approximation and control of the trajectories of hybrid dynamical systems which display event-triggered discrete jumps in the continuous state. We begin by demonstrating how to explicitly represent the dynamics of this class of systems using a single piecewise-smooth vector field defined on a manifold, and then employ Filippov's solution concept to describe the trajectories of the system. The resulting hybrid Filippov solutions greatly simplify the mathematical description of hybrid trajectories, providing a unifying solution concept with which to work and giving new insight into pathologies such as the Zeno phenomena. Extending previous efforts to regularize piecewise-smooth vector fields, we then introduce a family of smooth control systems whose flows are used to approximate the hybrid Filippov solution in the numerical setting. The two solution concepts are shown to agree in the limit, under mild regularity conditions.

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