TitleOn the Stabilization of Linear Systems Under Assigned I/O Quantization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPicasso, B, Bicchi, A
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
KeywordsEmbedded Control, Robotics

This paper is concerned with the stabilization of discrete-time linear systems with quantization of the input and output spaces, i.e., when available values of inputs and outputs are discrete. Unlike most of the existing literature, we assume that how the input and output spaces are quantized is a datum of the problem, rather than a degree of freedom in design. Our focus is hence on the existence and synthesis of symbolic feedback controllers, mapping output words into the input alphabet, to steer a quantized I/O system to within small invariant neighborhoods of the equilibrium starting from large attraction basins. We provide a detailed analysis of the practical stabilizability of systems in terms of the size of hypercubes bounding the initial conditions, the state transient and the steady state evolution. We also provide an explicit construction of a practically stabilizing controller for the quantized I/O case.

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