We present a novel technique for solving the problem of safe control for a general class of nonlinear, control-affine systems subject to parametric model uncertainty. Invoking Lyapunov analysis and the notion of fixed-time stability (FxTS), we introduce a parameter adaptation law which guarantees convergence of the estimates of unknown parameters in the system dynamics to their true values within a fixed-time independent of the initial parameter estimation error. We then synthesize the adaptation law with a robust, adaptive control barrier function (RaCBF) based quadratic program to compute safe control inputs despite the considered model uncertainty. To corroborate our results, we undertake a comparative case study on the efficacy of this result versus other recent approaches in the literature to safe control under uncertainty, and close by highlighting the value of our method in the context of an automobile overtake scenario.
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Adaptive Robust Model Predictive Control with Matched and Unmatched Uncertainty
We propose a learning-based robust predictive control algorithm that compensates for significant uncertainty in the dynamics for a class of discrete-time systems that are nominally linear with an additive nonlinear component. Such systems commonly model the nonlinear effects of an unknown environment on a nominal system. We optimize over a class of nonlinear feedback policies inspired by certainty equivalent "estimate-and-cancel" control laws pioneered in classical adaptive control to achieve significant performance improvements in the presence of uncertainties of large magnitude, a setting in which existing learning-based predictive control algorithms often struggle to guarantee safety. In contrast to previous work in robust adaptive MPC, our approach allows us to take advantage of structure (i.e., the numerical predictions) in the a priori unknown dynamics learned online through function approximation. Our approach also extends typical nonlinear adaptive control methods to systems with state and input constraints even when we cannot directly cancel the additive uncertain function from the dynamics. Moreover, we apply contemporary statistical estimation techniques to certify the system’s safety through persistent constraint satisfaction with high probability. Finally, we show in simulation that our method can accommodate more significant unknown dynamics terms than existing methods.
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