Optimal Control Problems with Symmetry Breaking Cost Functions
Bloch, Anthony M.
Colombo, Leonardo J.
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We investigate symmetry reduction of optimal control problems for left-invariant control affine systems on Lie groups, with partial symmetry breaking cost functions. Our approach emphasizes the role of variational principles and considers a discrete-time setting as well as the standard continuous time formulation. Specifically, we recast the optimal control problem as a constrained variational problem with a partial symmetry breaking Lagrangian and obtain the Euler-Poincare equations from a variational principle. By using a Legendre transformation, we recover the Lie Poisson equations obtained by Borum and Bretl [IEEE Trans. Automat. Control, 62 (2017), pp. 3209-3224] in the same context. We also discretize the variational principle in time and obtain the discrete-time Lie Poisson equations. We illustrate the theory with some practical examples including a motion planning problem in the presence of an obstacle.