Reinforcement Learning-Based Output Feedback Control of Nonlinear Systems with Input Constraints

Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Pingan He

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A novel neural network (NN)-based output feedback controller with magnitude constraints is designed to deliver a desired tracking performance for a class of multi-input and multi-output (MIMO) strict feedback nonlinear discrete-time systems. Reinforcement learning is proposed for the output feedback controller, which uses three NNs: 1) an NN observer to estimate the system states with the input-output data, 2) a critic NN to approximate certain strategic utility function, and 3) an action NN to minimize both the strategic utility function and the unknown dynamics estimation errors. Using the Lyapunov approach, the uniformly ultimate boundedness (UUB) of the state estimation errors, the tracking errors and weight estimates is shown.