Section: New Results
Backstepping control design through the introduction of delays
Participants : Frederic Mazenc, Michael Malisoff [LSU] , Jerome Weston [LSU] .
We provided new backstepping results for time-varying systems with input delays. The results were obtained by the introduction of constant 'artificial' pointwise delays in the input. Thus they are significantly different from backstepping results for systems with delay in the input as presented in previous contributions.
I) The novelty of the contribution in  is in the bounds on the controls, and the facts that (i) one does not need to compute any Lie derivatives to apply the proposed controls, (ii) the controls have no distributed terms, and (iii) no differentiability conditions on the available controls for the subsystems are needed. The latter aspect is of paramount importance from an applied point of view.
II) In , we extended . We provided new globally stabilizing backstepping controls for single input systems in a partially linear form. Instead of measuring the full state, the feedbacks use current and several time lagged values of a function of the state of the nonlinear subsystem (and have no distributed terms). We also allowed input delays. This improves on , since we allowed an arbitrary number of integrators whereas  is limited to one integrator.