Control of Dynamical Systems by Partial Differential Equations

tornado_big_2_21Many phenomena are common to us all, but the way they work might be less well known. Why? They are dynamic systems! What is a dynamical system? Generally, it means that such kind of systems are described by Partial Differential Equations (PDE), and in order to study them, we have to understand their properties and we need to control some of them. We need to simulate the control developed in order to be sure that it fits exactly what it is expected, or to understand how a phenomenon is going on!

This intriguing area will be studied in a recently granted project “DYCON–Dynamic control”, which aims to develop a multifold research agenda in the broad area of Control of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and their numerical approximation methods by addressing some key issues that are still poorly understood. To this end we aim to contribute with new key theoretical methods and results, and to develop the corresponding numerical tools and computational software.

The field of PDEs, together with numerical approximation and simulation methods and control theory, has evolved significantly in the last decades in a cross-fertilization process, to address the challenging demands of industrial and cross-disciplinary applications such as, for instance:

  • The management of natural resources (water e.g.).
  • Meteorology (make better weather predictions e.g., which involves big data problems and related numerical problems), aeronautics.
  • The oil industry (oil forage e.g., whose main problem is the friction at the bit).
    Biomedicine (cancer strategy via immunotherapy).
  • Human and animal collective behaviour, (understand behaviour of bees in order to anticipate their extinction, relations and interactions between several species) etc…