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The structure of the kinematic and dynamic models of wheeled mobile robots is analyzed. It is shown that, for a large class of possible configurations, they can be classified into five types, characterized by generic structures of the model equations. For each type of model the following questions are addressed: (ir)reducibility and (non)holonomy, mobility(More)
We give a new sufficient condition on the boundary conditions for the exponential stability of one-dimensional nonlinear hyperbolic systems on a bounded interval. Our proof relies on the construction of an explicit strict Lyapunov function. We compare our sufficient condition with other known sufficient conditions for nonlinear and linear one-dimensional(More)
This article deals with the regulation of water ow in open-channels modelled by Saint-Venant equations. By means of a Riemann invariants approach, we deduce stabilizing control laws for a single horizontal reach without friction. The stability condition is extended to a general class of hyperbolic systems which can describe canal networks with more general(More)
A strict Lyapunov function for boundary control with integral actions of hyperbolic systems of conservation laws that can be diagonalised with Riemann invariants, is presented. The time derivative of this Lyapunov function can be made strictly negative definite by an appropriate choice of the boundary conditions and the integral control gains. Previous(More)
We address the issue of the exponential stability (in L 2-norm) of the classical solutions of the linearised Saint-Venant equations for a sloping channel. We give an explicit sufficient dissipative condition which guarantees the exponential stability under subcritical flow conditions without additional assumptions on the size of the bottom and friction(More)
A combined longitudinal and lateral vehicle control is presented. It employs flatness-based control and new algebraic estimation techniques for the numerical differentiation of noisy signals. This nonlinear control is designed for automatic path-tracking via vehicle steering angle and driving/braking wheel torque. It combines the control of the lateral and(More)