Robust adaptive estimation of nonlinear system with time-varying parameters

Jing Na*, Juan Yang, Xuemei Ren, Yu Guo

*Corresponding author for this work

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The vast majority of available parameter estimation methods assume that the parameters to be estimated are constant or slowly time-varying and mainly depend on a predictor or observer design so that a large adaptive gain must be used to achieve fast adaptation; this may result in high-frequency oscillations when the system subjects to a large source of uncertainties or disturbances. This paper is concerned with adaptive online estimation of time-varying parameters for two kinds of linearly parameterized nonlinear systems. By dividing the time into small intervals, the time-varying parameters are approximated in terms of polynomials with unknown coefficients. Then a novel adaptive law design methodology is developed to estimate those constant coefficients, for which the parameter estimation error information is explicitly derived and used to drive the adaptations. To guarantee the continuity of the parameter estimation for all time, a parameter resetting scheme is introduced at the beginning of each interval. Finite-time estimation convergence and the robustness against disturbances are all proved. Extensive simulation examples are provided to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed algorithms for estimating time-varying parameters.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2014


  • Adaptive system
  • Parameter estimation
  • System identification
  • Time-varying system


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