Learning from ISS-modular adaptive NN control of nonlinear strict-feedback systems

Cong Wang, Min Wang, Tengfei Liu, David J. Hill

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This paper studies learning from adaptive neural control (ANC) for a class of nonlinear strict-feedback systems with unknown affine terms. To achieve the purpose of learning, a simple input-to-state stability (ISS) modular ANC method is first presented to ensure the boundedness of all the signals in the closed-loop system and the convergence of tracking errors in finite time. Subsequently, it is proven that learning with the proposed stable ISS-modular ANC can be achieved. The cascade structure and unknown affine terms of the considered systems make it very difficult to achieve learning using existing methods. To overcome these difficulties, the stable closed-loop system in the control process is decomposed into a series of linear time-varying (LTV) perturbed subsystems with the appropriate state transformation. Using a recursive design, the partial persistent excitation condition for the radial basis function neural network (NN) is established, which guarantees exponential stability of LTV perturbed subsystems. Consequently, accurate approximation of the closed-loop system dynamics is achieved in a local region along recurrent orbits of closed-loop signals, and learning is implemented during a closed-loop feedback control process. The learned knowledge is reused to achieve stability and an improved performance, thereby avoiding the tremendous repeated training process of NNs. Simulation studies are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1550
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive neural control
  • deterministic learning
  • exponential stability
  • persistent excitation
  • strict-feedback systems

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