Dynamic Optimization

Course #AE4850

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course develops basic measures of performance of a dynamic system with methods to target a set of conditions and optimize the performance. Topics include an overview of the Guidance, Navigation and Control System, state-space models, performance measures, problem of Bolza, the Maximum Principle, and transversality conditions. A significant focus of the course will be in practical methods and numerical techniques for solving boundary value problems. Computational methods will be used to solve a wide range of problems in dynamic optimization arising in combat systems such as rapid vehicle reorientation and targeting problems.  Applications include UxVs, autonomous systems, aerospace vehicles and robotic systems. Where appropriate, the course will illustrate systems aspects of mission design and operations.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 299
  • 569


  • MA2121
  • SS3500
  • AE3815
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

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