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Optimization of consumption in vehicles using a simplified model of transit and Markov chains

Grant number: 14/13852-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): June 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Industrial Electronics, Electronic Systems and Controls
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Eduardo Fontoura Costa
Grantee:Diogo Henrique de Melo
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


This project deals with control of internal combustion engine vehicles aiming at the fuel consumption optimization, including the interference of some real phenomena, with a strong emphasis on traffic. Stochastic events like this prevents us to directly apply existingresults. We propose to employ a relatively simple system with Markov jumping parameters as a model for the vehicle subject to traffic interference, and to obtain the transition probabilities from a separate model for the traffic. The project will involve the model identification and validation, the solution of the new problem using dynamic programming, and simulation of the obtained control. (AU)

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