A robust MPC approach to the design of behavioural treatments

K. Bekiroglu, C. Lagoa, S. A. Murphy, S. T. Lanza

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The objective of this paper is to provide some initial results on the application of control tools to the problem treatment design. Human behavior and reaction to treatment is complex and dependent on many unmeasurable external stimuli. Therefore, to the best of our knowledge, it cannot be described by simple models. Hence, one of the main messages in this paper is that, to design a treatment (controller) one cannot rely on exact models. More precisely, to be able to design effective treatments, we propose to use "simple" uncertain affine models whose response "covers" the most probable subject responses. So, we propose a simple model that contains two different types of uncertainties: one aimed at uncertainty of the dynamics and another aimed at approximating external perturbations that patients face in their daily life. With this model at hand, we design a robust model predictive controller, where one relies on the special structure of the uncertainty to develop efficient optimization algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE 52nd Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467357173
StatePublished - 2013
Event52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Dec 10 2013Dec 13 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370


Other52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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