Michele Palladino

Michele is an Italian PhD student recruited by Imperial College London. He is working on Differential Games and Robust Nonlinear Controller Design and will be seconded to the University of Rome "La Sapienza".

Michele Palladino 2.jpg Michele Palladino - Imperial College London

  • Main host organisation: Imperial College London, UK
  • Supervisor: Richard Vinter
  • Secondment organisation: University of Rome "La Sapienza"
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Fellowship duration: February 2012 - December 2014
  • Background: Michele obtained a master's degree from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2011 in Metric Approach to Homogenization of Hamilton-Jacobi Equations.


SADCO Project title: Differential Games and Robust Nonlinear Controller Design.

The differential games approach to feedback controller design, in the presence of disturbances, is to interpret the disturbances as strategies of an antagonistic player, aiming to degrade performance of the feedback control to the maximum extent possible. The applications of this approach are well advanced in the context of unconstrained linear dynamic systems (H1 Linear Optimal Control). This project will address a number of fundamental questions in the application of differential games methods to nonlinear dynamic systems, in the presence of constraints. These concern the interpretation of ‘feedback’ strategies, the use of the ‘method of characteristics’ to solve differential games problems related to robust controller design, and the determination of optimal switching surfaces. A case study, concerning the design of surge tank controller, to even out flow irregularities between two chemical reactors, will be undertaken, to investigate the merits of this approach in the field of process control.


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