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Optimal Control of Nonlinear Processes

With Applications in Drugs, Corruption, and Terror

Authors: Grass, D., Caulkins, J.P., Feichtinger, G., Tragler, G., Behrens, D.A.

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  • Besides providing the theoretical foundations, the book contains applications in various fields
  • Applications cover very timely topics such as drug policy, corruption, and counter-terror
  • A lively and user-friendly introduction to the mathematics of the optimal control of nonlinear processes
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About this book

Dynamic optimization is rocket science – and more. This volume teaches how to harness the modern theory of dynamic optimization to solve practical problems, not only from space flight but also in emerging social applications such as the control of drugs, corruption, and terror. These innovative domains are usefully thought about in terms of populations, incentives, and interventions, concepts which map well into the framework of optimal dynamic control. This volume is designed to be a lively introduction to the mathematics and a bridge to these hot topics in the economics of crime for current scholars. We celebrate Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle – that crowning intellectual achievement of human understanding – and push its frontiers by exploring models that display multiple equilibria whose basins of attraction are separated by higher-dimensional DNSS "tipping points". That rich theory is complemented by numerical methods available through a companion web site.

Ensdorsements:

"An excellent synthesis of the richness of systems theory highlighted with strongly motivating applications and an outstanding text for a graduate-level course. The book provides a thorough background in the variety of mathematical foundations needed, recognizing that different readers will come with a diversity of backgrounds. Its applications to drug control, corruption, and terrorism represent creative modeling that provides important insights into subtleties that go beyond the normal linear thinking about these complex phenomena."

Alfred Blumstein, winner of the 2007 Stockholm Prize in Criminology University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh 

"This carefully written book is a masterpiece that combines a rigorous exposition of non-linear dynamics with sophisticated and intriguing optimal control models of drugs, corruption, and terror. The chapter on numerical methods is a valuable added bonus. The book deserves a prominent place in the bookshelf of all serious researchers wishing to use the tools of dynamic optimization."

Ngo Van Long
James McGill Chair, and professor of economics Department of Economics McGill University Montreal

"First of its kind devoted to the very timely topics of drugs, corruption and terror. A highly readable comprehensive treatment of controlled dynamical nonlinear systems involving such concepts as limit cycles, multiple equilibria, and DNSS points. Laced with beautiful graphics and supported by numerical computations. A delight from the beginning to the end."

Suresh P. Sethi
Charles & Nancy Davidson Distinguished Professor of Operations Management & Director of the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks The University of Texas at Dallas

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"This textbook on optimal control of nonlinear processes introduces several innovations compared to standard textbooks on this topic. … The software used is available through a companion website. The book can be highly recommended to students, teachers, and researchers interested in optimal control." (Walter Alt, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1149, 2008)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Optimal Control of Nonlinear Processes
Book Subtitle
With Applications in Drugs, Corruption, and Terror
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-77647-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-77647-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-77646-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09639-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 552
Number of Illustrations
91 b/w illustrations
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