


Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory: 
This textbook offers a concise yet rigorous introduction to calculus of variations and optimal control theory, and is a selfcontained resource for graduate students in engineering, applied mathematics, and related subjects. Designed specifically for a onesemester course, the book begins with calculus of variations, preparing the ground for optimal control. It then gives a complete proof of the maximum principle and covers key topics such as the HamiltonJacobiBellman theory of dynamic programming and linearquadratic optimal control. Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory also traces the historical development of the subject and features numerous exercises, notes and references at the end of each chapter, and suggestions for further study.
Leading universities that have adopted this book include:
Daniel Liberzon is associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign. He is the author of Switching in Systems and Control. "Each chapter ends with a rich and useful section of notes and references. The exercises are merely problems or even theorems. The author of the book presents a large list of references and a detailed index of notions, names, and symbols. The graphical presentation of the book is pleasant. . . . [T]his book is well written, it fully deserves all its goals mentioned at the beginning of the review, and is a pleasure to read it."Marian Muresan, Mathematica "This is an extremely wellcrafted textbook. If you plan to teach a first course to advanced students on the calculus of variations and optimal control and you like the selection of topics that the author has chosen to present (and I do), it is the text you need. What impresses me most is the careful balance between the formal derivations and the explanations that precede or accompany the statements and proofs. . . All in all, it is a firstrate, enjoyable text."Zvi Artstein, Mathematical Reviews Clippings Endorsement: "A very scholarly and concise introduction to optimal control theory. Liberzon nicely balances rigor and accessibility, and provides fascinating historical perspectives and thoughtprovoking exercises. A course based on this book will be a pleasure to take."Andrew R. Teel, University of California, Santa Barbara Subject Areas:
 
 
 
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