Cristopher Hermosilla

Cristopher is a Chilean PhD student recruited by INRIA. He is working on Feedback controls and optimal trajectories and will be seconded to the University of Padova.

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  • Main host organisation: INRIA Saclay Ile de France, France
  • Supervisor: Hasnaa Zidani
  • Secondment organisation: Università degli studi di Padova, Italy
  • Nationality: Chilean
  • Fellowship duration: November 2011 - November 2014


  • Background: Christopher obtained a master's degree in Mathematical Engineering from the Universidad de Chile in 2011 on the following subject: "Pseudo-Metrics Induced by Legendre Functions and Dynamic Optimization Methods".
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  • SADCO project: Feedback controls and optimal trajectories

For optimal control problems with no state, control or endpoint constraints, the Hamilton-Jacobi approach permits us to obtain approximations of optimal strategies in feedback form and guarantees that the corresponding trajectories are close to being global minimizers. When constraints are present however, several issues need to be investigated, such as the development of appropriate discretization schemes for control systems that fail to be controllable, the convergence of discrete control strategies to the correct continuous strategy and accelerated procedures for solving the discretized optimal control problems. It is now known that for certain broad classes of nonlinear control systems the only stabilizing feedback control strategies are discontinuous, giving rise to a closed loop state equation which is discontinuous with respect to the state variable. It is of interest then to develop a well-posedness theory of discontinuous ordinary differential equations arising in this way. For this purpose, a particular class of discontinuous piecewise smooth vector fields (patchy vector fields) was introduced by Ancona and Bressan; it was shown that, by patching together open loop controls of an asymptotically controllable system, one can always construct a stabilizing feedback that generates a discontinuous vector field belonging to this class: a patchy feedback. It is intended to investigate the robustness properties of patchy feedback strategies and to develop patchy feedback strategies for optimal control problems with state constraints.


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