Predictive Optimal Control with Data-Based Disturbance Scenario Tree Approximation

Ran Jing, Xiangrui Zeng

Efficiently computing the optimal control policy concerning a complicated future with stochastic disturbance has always been a challenge. The predicted stochastic future disturbance can be represented by a scenario tree, but solving the optimal control problem with a scenario tree is usually computationally demanding. In this paper, we propose a data-based clustering approximation method for the scenario tree representation. Differently from the popular Markov chain approximation, the proposed method can retain information from previous steps while keeping the state space size small. Then the predictive optimal control problem can be approximately solved with reduced computational load using dynamic programming. The proposed method is evaluated in numerical examples and compared with the method which considers the disturbance as a non-stationary Markov chain. The results show that the proposed method can achieve better control performance than the Markov chain method.

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