Below you find an interactive list of all my publications, which can be filtered by keywords, year, publication type and coauthors. There are also static lists of my books/book-chapters as well as journal-, conference-, and submitted publications.
Hu, Jiaming; Trenn, Stephan; Zhu, Xiaojin
In: Proceedings of European Control Conference (ECC22), 2022, (to appear).
The dilemma between transient behavior and accuracy in tracking control arises in both theoretical research and engineering practice and funnel control has shown great potential in solving that problem. Apart from the controlled system, the performance of funnel control strongly depends on the reference signal and the choice of prescribed funnel boundary. In this paper, we will present a new form of funnel controller for systems with control saturation. Compared to former research, the new controller is more reliable, and the closed-loop system can even achieve asymptotic tracking. Besides that, a new concept called constrained funnel boundary is introduced. Together with the new controller and the constrained funnel boundary, the application range of funnel control is extended significantly.
Lee, Jin Gyu; Berger, Thomas; Trenn, Stephan; Shim, Hyungbo
In a recent work by three of the authors, in order to enforce synchronization for scalar heterogeneous multi-agent systems with some useful characteristics, a node-wise funnel coupling law was proposed. The emergent dynamics, to which each of the agents synchronizes, was characterized and it was studied how networks can be synthesized which exhibit these emergent dynamics. The advantage of this synthesis is its suitability for plug-and-play operation. However, the aforementioned emergent dynamics under node-wise funnel coupling are determined by an algebraic equation which does not admit an explicit solution in general, and even its pointwise solution proves rather difficult. Furthermore, the contractivity assumption on the emergent dynamics, required to establish the synchronization, is hard to be checked without solving the algebraic equation. To resolve these drawbacks, in the present paper we present a new funnel coupling law that uses edge-wise output differences. Under this novel coupling the benign properties of node-wise funnel coupling are retained, but the emergent dynamics are given explicitly by the blended dynamics of the multi-agent system, which already proved an advantageous tool in the analysis and design of such networks. Additionally, our results are not restricted to scalar systems and treat the case that neighboring agents only communicate their output information, and not their complete state.
Chen, Yahao; Trenn, Stephan
In: PAMM · Proc. Appl. Math. Mech. 2020, pp. e202000162, Wiley-VCH GmbH, 2021, (Open Access.).
It is claimed in  that the notion of the relative degree in nonlinear control theory is closely related to that of the differen- tiation index for nonlinear differential-algebraic equations (DAEs). In this paper, we give more insights on this claim via a recent proposed concept (see ) called the explicitation of DAEs. The explicitation attaches a class of control systems to a given DAE, we show that the relative degree of the systems in the explicitation class is invariant in some sense and that the differentiation index of the original DAE coincides with the maximum of the relative degree of the explicitation systems.
Liberzon, Daniel; Trenn, Stephan
In: IEEE Trans. Autom. Control, vol. 58, no. 12, pp. 3126–3141, 2013.
The paper considers output tracking control of uncertain nonlinear systems with arbitrary known relative degree and known sign of the high frequency gain. The tracking objective is formulated in terms of a time-varying bound-a funnel-around a given reference signal. The proposed controller is bang-bang with two control values. The controller switching logic handles arbitrarily high relative degree in an inductive manner with the help of auxiliary derivative funnels. We formulate a set of feasibility assumptions under which the controller maintains the tracking error within the funnel. Furthermore, we prove that under mild additional assumptions the considered system class satisfies these feasibility assumptions if the selected control values are sufficiently large in magnitude. Finally, we study the effect of time delays in the feedback loop and we are able to show that also in this case the proposed bang-bang funnel controller works under slightly adjusted feasibility assumptions.
Liberzon, Daniel; Trenn, Stephan
In: Proc. 12th European Control Conf. (ECC) 2013, Zurich, Switzerland, pp. 1669–1674, 2013.
We investigate the recently introduced bang-bang funnel controller with respect to its robustness to time delays. We present slightly modified feasibility conditions and prove that the bang-bang funnel controller applied to a relative-degree-two nonlinear system can tolerate sufficiently small time delays. A second contribution of this paper is an extensive case study, based on a model of a real experimental setup, where implementation issues such as the necessary sampling time and the conservativeness of the feasibility assumptions are explicitly considered.
Hackl, Christoph M.; Hopfe, Norman; Ilchmann, Achim; Mueller, Markus; Trenn, Stephan
Funnel control for systems with relative degree two Journal Article
In: SIAM J. Control Optim., vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 965–995, 2013.
Tracking of reference signals y_ref(.) by the output y(.) of linear (as well as a considerably large class of nonlinear) single-input, single-output systems is considered. The system is assumed to have strict relative degree two with (weakly) stable zero dynamics. The control objective is tracking of the error e=y-y_ref and its derivative e' within two prespecified performance funnels, respectively. This is achieved by the so-called funnel controller u(t) = -k_0(t)^2 e(t) - k_1(t) e'(t), where the simple proportional error feedback has gain functions k_0 and k_1 designed in such a way to preclude contact of e and e' with the funnel boundaries, respectively. The funnel controller also ensures boundedness of all signals. We also show that the same funnel controller (i) is applicable to relative degree one systems, (ii) allows for input constraints provided a feasibility condition (formulated in terms of the system data, the saturation bounds, the funnel data, bounds on the reference signal, and the initial state) holds, (iii) is robust in terms of the gap metric: if a system is sufficiently close to a system with relative degree two, stable zero dynamics, and positive high-frequency gain, but does not necessarily have these properties, then for small initial values the funnel controller also achieves the control objective. Finally, we illustrate the theoretical results by experimental results: the funnel controller is applied to a rotatory mechanical system for position control.
Hackl, Christoph M.; Trenn, Stephan
In: PAMM - Proc. Appl. Math. Mech., pp. 735–736, GAMM Annual Meeting 2012, Darmstadt Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, 2012.
We adjust the newly developed bang-bang funnel controller such that it is more applicable for real world scenarios. The main idea is to introduce a third “neutral” input value to account for the situation when the error is already small enough and no control action is necessary. We present experimental results to illustrate the effectiveness of our new approach in the case of position control of an electrical drive.
Liberzon, Daniel; Trenn, Stephan
The bang-bang funnel controller Inproceedings
In: Proc. 49th IEEE Conf. Decis. Control, Atlanta, USA, pp. 690–695, 2010.
A bang-bang controller is proposed which is able to ensure reference signal tracking with prespecified time-varying error bounds (the funnel) for nonlinear systems with relative degree one or two. For the design of the controller only the knowledge of the relative degree is needed. The controller is guaranteed to work when certain feasibility assumptions are fulfilled, which are explicitly given in the main results. Linear systems with relative degree one or two are feasible if the system is minimum phase and the control values are large enough.
A normal form for pure differential algebraic systems Journal Article
In: Linear Algebra Appl., vol. 430, no. 4, pp. 1070 – 1084, 2009.
In this paper linear time-invariant differential algebraic equations (DAEs) are studied; the focus is on pure DAEs which are DAEs without an ordinary differential equation (ODE) part. A normal form for pure DAEs is given which is similar to the Byrnes–Isidori normal form for ODEs. Furthermore, the normal form exhibits a Kalman-like decomposition into impulse-controllable- and impulse-observable states. This leads to a characterization of impulse-controllability and observability.