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Technical Report


The paper is devoted to the study of some classes of feedback control problems for linear parabolic equations subject to hard/pointwise constraints on both Dirichlet boundary controls and state dynamic/output functions in the presence of uncertain perturbations within given regions. The underlying problem under consideration, originally motivated by automatic control of the groundwater regime in irrigation networks, is formalized as a minimax problemof optimal control, where the control strategy is sought as a feedback law. Problems of this type are among the most important in control theory and applications - while most challenging and difficult. Based on the Maximum Principle for parabolic equations and on the time convolution structure, we reformulate the problems under consideration as certain asymmetric games, which become the main object of our study in this paper. We establish some simple conditions for the existence of winning and losing strategies for the game players, which then allow us to clarify controllability issues in the feedback control problem for such constrained parabolic systems.

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Applied Mathematics | Mathematics


Dedicated to Bill Ames in honor of his 80th birthday. This research was partially supported by the USA National Science Foundation under grants DMS-0304989 and DMS-0603846 and by the Australian Research Council under grant DP-0451168.