7.4 Maximum principle for hybrid control systems

*Hybrid systems* are systems whose dynamics involve a combination of continuous evolution and discrete transitions. More specifically, in this section we consider hybrid systems described by a finite collection of control systems and a finite sequence of times (called *switching times*) which partition the time interval into subintervals. On each subinterval, the state of the system flows in accordance with one of the systems from a given collection; at a switching time, the state experiences an instantaneous jump, and another system from the collection is selected for the next subinterval. While providing a much richer modeling framework than the continuous control systems considered elsewhere in this book, hybrid systems definitely violate the assumptions under which we developed the maximum principle in Chapter 4. In this section, we discuss a suitably extended version of the maximum principle which applies to hybrid systems.

Daniel 2010-12-20