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Adaptive Safety with Control Barrier Functions

Taylor, Andrew J. and Ames, Aaron D. (2020) Adaptive Safety with Control Barrier Functions. In: 2020 American Control Conference (ACC). IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 1399-1405. ISBN 9781538682661.

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Adaptive Control Lyapunov Functions (aCLFs) were introduced 20 years ago, and provided a Lyapunov-based methodology for stabilizing systems with parameter uncertainty. The goal of this paper is to revisit this classic formulation in the context of safety-critical control. This will motivate a variant of aCLFs in the context of safety: adaptive Control Barrier Functions (aCBFs). Our proposed approach adaptively achieves safety by keeping the system’s state within a safe set even in the presence of parametric model uncertainty. We unify aCLFs and aCBFs into a single control methodology for systems with uncertain parameters in the context of a Quadratic Program (QP) based framework. We validate the ability of this unified framework to achieve stability and safety in an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) simulation.

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Official Citation:A. J. Taylor and A. D. Ames, "Adaptive Safety with Control Barrier Functions," 2020 American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, CO, USA, 2020, pp. 1399-1405, doi: 10.23919/ACC45564.2020.9147463
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