Rudolph Kalman – Can it be Done in Software?

Sept. 25, 2014

kalmanThe symbiosis of software with computer, sensors and actuators creates a new kind of physical engineering system.

Robots used in space exploration and GPS – on the ground, GPS is just a “giant Kalman filter” – are great examples. But the future potential is difficult to estimate.

One view – mine – is that the future depends on mathematics, on system theory broadly interpreted.

After recalling, very briefly, the successes and limitations of linear systems theory, I shall outline a broad pathway to the future, following and greatly expanding ideas from classical network “synthesis” (Foster, Cauer, Bode, Bott&Duffin), algebraic invariant theory (Hilbert), identification of contents of black boxes, more…

Rudolph Kalman (EPFL)


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