Control and applications of chaos

Celso Grebogi, Ying Cheng Lai, Scott Hayes

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This review describes a procedure for stabilizing a desirable chaotic orbit embedded in a chaotic attractor of dissipative dynamical systems by using small feedback control. The key observation is that certain chaotic orbits may correspond to a desirable system performance. By carefully selecting such an orbit, and then applying small feedback control to stabilize a trajectory from a random initial condition around the target chaotic orbit, desirable system performance can be achieved. As applications, three examples are considered: (1) synchronization of chaotic systems; (2) conversion of transient chaos into sustained chaos; and (3) controlling symbolic dynamics for communication. The first and third problems are potentially relevant to communication in engineering, and the solution of the second problem can be applied to electrical power systems to avoid catastrophic event such as the voltage collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1146
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of the Franklin Institute
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Applied Mathematics


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