ERC – DyCon: Dynamic Control Project

Funded by ERC – European Research Council

Project Acronym: DyCon
Project Full Title: Dynamic Control and Numerics of Partial Differential Equations

Project ID: 694126
Principal Investigator: Enrique Zuazua
Host Institutions: DeustoTech-Fundación Deusto and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

From: October, 1st 2016 To: September, 30th 2021

DyCon project aims at making a breakthrough contribution in the broad area of Control of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and their numerical approximation methods by addressing key unsolved issues appearing systematically in real-life applications.

To achieve this, we pursue three objectives:

  1. To contribute with new key theoretical methods and results
  2. To develop the corresponding numerical tools, and
  3. To build up new computational software, the DyCon computational platform (DyCon blog), thereby bridging the gap to applications.

The field of PDEs, together with numerical approximation and simulation methods and control theory, has evolved significantly in the last decades in a cross-fertilization process, to address the challenging demands of industrial and cross-disciplinary applications such as, for instance, the management of natural resources, meteorology, aeronautics, oil industry, bio-medicine, human and animal collective behavior, etc. Despite these efforts, some of the key issues still remain unsolved, either because of a lack of analytical understanding, of the absence of efficient numerical solvers, or of a combination of both.

This project identifies and focuses on six key topics (Working Packages -WP) that play a central role in most of the processes arising in applications, but which are still poorly understood:

These topics cannot be handled by superposing the state of the art in the various disciplines, due to the unexpected interactive phenomena that may emerge, for instance, in the fine numerical approximation of control problems. The coordinated and focused effort that we aim at developing is timely and much needed in order to solve these issues and bridge the gap from modeling to control, computer simulations and applications.

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