WIAS Preprint No. 1802, (2013)

Closed-loop optimal experiment design: Solution via moment extension


  • Hildebrand, Roland
  • Gevers, Michel
  • Solari, Gabriel

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 93E12


  • Optimal experiment design, Closed-loop identification, Convex programming, Power spectral density, Moment method


We consider optimal experiment design for parametric prediction error system identification of linear time-invariant multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems in closed-loop when the true system is in the model set. The optimization is performed jointly over the controller and the spectrum of the external excitation, which can be reparametrized as a joint spectral density matrix. We have shown in [18] that the optimal solution consists of first computing a finite set of generalized moments of this spectrum as the solution of a semi-definite program. A second step then consists of constructing a spectrum that matches this finite set of optimal moments and satisfies some constraints due to the particular closed-loop nature of the optimization problem. This problem can be seen as a moment extension problem under constraints. Here we first show that the so-called central extension always satisfies these constraints, leading to a constructive procedure for the optimal controller and excitation spectrum.We then show that, using this central extension, one can construct a broader set of parametrized optimal solutions that also satisfy the constraints; the additional degrees of freedom can then be used to achieve additional objectives. Finally, our new solution method for the MIMO case allows us to considerably simplify the proofs given in [18] for the single-input single-output case.

Appeared in

  • IEEE Trans. Autom. Control, 60 (2015) pp. 1731--1744.

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