Progress in Nonlinear Differential Equations and Their Applications

Semiconcave Functions, Hamilton-Jacobi Equations, and Optimal Control

Authors: Cannarsa, Piermarco, Sinestrari, Carlo

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About this Textbook

Semiconcavity is a natural generalization of concavity that retains most of the good properties known in convex analysis, but arises in a wider range of applications. This text is the first comprehensive exposition of the theory of semiconcave functions, and of the role they play in optimal control and Hamilton–Jacobi equations.

The first part covers the general theory, encompassing all key results and illustrating them with significant examples. The latter part is devoted to applications concerning the Bolza problem in the calculus of variations and optimal exit time problems for nonlinear control systems. The exposition is essentially self-contained since the book includes all prerequisites from convex analysis, nonsmooth analysis, and viscosity solutions.

A central role in the present work is reserved for the study of singularities. Singularities are first investigated for general semiconcave functions, then sharply estimated for solutions of Hamilton–Jacobi equations, and finally analyzed in connection with optimal trajectories of control systems.

Researchers in optimal control, the calculus of variations, and partial differential equations will find this book useful as a state-of-the-art reference for semiconcave functions. Graduate students will profit from this text as it provides a handy—yet rigorous—introduction to modern dynamic programming for nonlinear control systems.

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"The main purpose of this book is to provide a systematic study of the notion of semiconcave functions, as well as a presentation of mathematical fields in which this notion plays a fundamental role. Many results are extracted from articles by the authors and their collaborators, with simplified—and often new—presentation and proofs.... One of the most attractive features of this book is the interplay between several fields of mathematical analysis.... Despite the many topics addressed in the book, the required mathematical background for reading it is limited because all the necessary notions are not only recalled, but also carefully explained, and the main results proved.

The book will be found very useful by experts in nonsmooth analysis, nonlinear control theory and PDEs, in particular, as well as by advanced graduate students in this field. They will appreciate the many detailed examples, the clear proofs and the elegant style of presentation, the fairly comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography and the very pertinent historical and bibliographical comments at the end of each chapter."

—Mathematical Reviews


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Semiconcave Functions, Hamilton-Jacobi Equations, and Optimal Control
Authors
Series Title
Progress in Nonlinear Differential Equations and Their Applications
Series Volume
58
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Boston
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-4413-0
DOI
10.1007/b138356
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4084-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-8176-4336-2
Series ISSN
1421-1750
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 304
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