Directional Real-Time Optimization Applied to a Kite-Control Simulation Benchmark

Sean Costello, Gregory Francois, Dominique Bonvin

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This paper applies a novel two-layer optimizing control scheme to a kite-control benchmark problem. The upper layer is a recent real-time optimization algorithm, called Directional Modifier Adaptation, which represents a variation of the popular Modifier Adaptation algorithm. The lower layer consists of a path-following controller that can follow arbitrary paths. Application to a challenging benchmark scenario in simulation shows that this two-layer scheme is capable of substantially improving the performance of a complex system affected by significant stochastic disturbances, measurement noise and plant-model mismatch, while respecting operational constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 European Control Conference (ECC 2015)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


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