• Differential Games and partial-state stabilization
  • Optimal control for linear and nonlinear semistabilization
  • Abnormal optimal control of mechanical systems
  • Finite-time partial stability and stabilization, and optimal feedback control

Books

  1. A. L'Afflitto. A Mathematical Perspective on Flight Dynamics and Control, Springer, London, UK. The foreword has been kindly provided by Professor R. Beard;

Book Chapters

  1. K. Mohammadi, A. L'Afflitto. Robust Adaptive Output Tracking for Quadrotor Helicopters, in 'Adaptive Robust Control and its Applications' (ISBN 978-953-51-5729-8), Mar. 2018;
  2. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad. A Variational Approach to the Fuel Optimal Control Problem for UAV Formations, in 'Recent Advances in Aircraft Technology' (ISBN 979-953-307-635-4), Feb. 2012, InTech;

Journal Papers

  1. A. L'Afflitto. Barrier Lyapunov Functions and Constrained Model Reference Adaptive Control, IEEE Control Systems Letters - Submitted;
  2. A. L'Afflitto, R. B. Anderson, and K. Mohammadi. An Introduction to Nonlinear Robust Control for Unmanned Quadrotor Aircraft, IEEE Control Systems Magazine - In Press;

    The associated Simulink toolbox A Simulator for quadrotors by R. B. Anderson and A. L'Afflitto can be found here

  3. A. L'Afflitto and K. Mohammadi. Equations of Motion of Rotary-Wing UAS with Time-Varying Inertial Properties, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics - Vol. 41, 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 559-564;
  4. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad. Abnormal Optimal Trajectory Planning of Multi-Body Systems in the Presence of Holonomic and Nonholonomic Constraints, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems - Vol. 89, 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 51-67;
  5. A. L'Afflitto and K. Mohammadi. Robust Observer-Based Control of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems with State Constraints, Journal of the Franklin Institute - Vol. 354, 16, Nov. 2017, pp. 7385-7409;
  6. A. L'Afflitto. Differential games, continuous Lyapunov functions, and stabilisation of non-linear dynamical systems, IET Control Theory and Applications - Vol. 11, 15, Oct. 2017, pp. 2486 – 2496;
  7. A. L'Afflitto. Differential Games, Partial-State Stabilization, and Model Reference Adaptive Control, Journal of the Franklin Institute - Vol. 354, 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 456-478;
  8. A. L'Afflitto. Differential Games, Finite-Time Partial-State Stabilization of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, and Optimal Robust Control, International Journal of Control - Vol. 90, 9, Sept. 2017, pp. 1861-1878;
  9. W. M. Haddad, A. L'Afflitto. Finite-Time Stabilization and Optimal Feedback Control, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control - Vol. 61, 4, Apr. 2016, pp. 1069-1074;
  10. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad. Optimal Singular Control for Nonlinear Semistabilization, International Journal of Control - Vol. 89, 6, Jan. 2016, pp. 1222-1239;
  11. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad, E. Bakolas. Partial-State Stabilization and Optimal Control, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control - Vol. 26, 5, Apr. 2015, pp. 1026-1050;
  12. W. M. Haddad, A. L'Afflitto. Finite-Time Partial Stability, Stabilization, and Optimal Feedback Control, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 352, 6, Mar. 2015, pp. 2329-2357;
  13. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad, Q. Hui. Optimal Control for Linear and Nonlinear Semistabilization, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 352, 3, Mar. 2015, pp. 851-881;
  14. E. Rabbow, G. Horneck, P. Rettberg, J. U. Schott, C. Panitz, A. L'Afflitto, et al. EXPOSE, an Astrobiological Exposure Facility on the International Space Station - from Proposal to Flight, Origin of Life and Evolution of Biosphere, Vol. 39, 6, Dec. 2009, pp. 581-598.

Conference Papers

  1. A. L'Afflitto. Robust Adaptive Control for Constrained Dynamical Systems Following Unreliable Reference Signals, American Control Conference, Milwakee, WI, July 2018;
  2. K. Mohammadi and A. L'Afflitto. A Continuous First-Order Sliding Mode Control Law, Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Tysons Corner, VA, October 2017;
  3. A. L'Afflitto. Differential Games, Asymptotic Stabilization, and Robust Optimal Control of Nonlinear Systems, Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, NV, December 2016;
  4. A. L'Afflitto and W. M. Haddad. Optimal Singular Control for Nonlinear Semistabilization, American Control Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2015;
  5. W. M. Haddad and A. L'Afflitto. Finite-Time Partial Stability Theory and Fractional Lyapunov Differential Inequalities, American Control Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2015;
  6. A. L'Afflitto and W. M. Haddad. Necessary Conditions for Control Effort Minimization of Euler-Lagrange Systems, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA Science and Technology Forum, Kissimee, FL, January 2015;
  7. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad, and E. Bakolas. Partial-State Stabilization and Optimal Feedback Control, Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, CA, December 2014;
  8. A. L'Afflitto, W. M. Haddad, and Q. Hui. Optimal Control for Linear and Nonlinear Semistabilization, American Control Conference, Portland, OR, June 2014;
  9. A. L'Afflitto and W. M. Haddad. Singular Linear-Quadratic Control for Semistabilization, Conference on Decision and Control, Florence, Italy, December 2013;
  10. W. M. Haddad, Q. Hu, and A. L'Afflitto. Semistabilization, Feedback Dissipativation, System Thermodynamics, and Limits of Performance, American Control Conference, Washington, DC, June 2013;
  11. A. L'Afflitto and C. Sultan. On The Optimal Spacecraft Fuel Consumption in Low Earth Orbit, IFAC Conference, Milan, Italy, August 2011;
  12. A. L'Afflitto and C. Sultan. On the Fuel and Energy Consumption Optimization Problem in Aircraft Path Planning, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, GA, USA, December 2010;
  13. A. L'Afflitto and C. Sultan. On Calculus of Variations in Aircraft and Spacecraft Formation Flying Path Planning, AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation, and Control, Toronto, Canda, August 2010;
  14. A. L'Afflitto and C. Sultan. Calculus of Variations for Guaranteed Optimal Path Planning of Aircraft Formations, IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, Ancorage, AK, USA, May 2010;
  15. A. L'Afflitto and C. Sultan. Applications of Calculus of Variations to Aircraft and Spacecraft Path Planning, AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation, and Control, Chigago, IL, USA, August 2009;
  16. J. Zyiwicki, A. L'Afflitto, E. Rabbow, R. Willnecker, J. Shieman. EXPOSE-E: Application of a decentralized payload operations concept for European Payloads on the ISS, IAF International Astronautical Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, September 2008;
  17. E. Rabbow, A. L'Afflitto, C. Paniz, and G. Reitz. EXPOSE-E - The Astrobiological Exposure Facility on ISS - from proposal to flight, IAF International Astronautical Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, September 2008;
  18. A. L'Afflitto. Concurrent Engineering in Space Systems Design: a Test Case at the Italian Space Agency, Pegasus/AIAA Students Conference, Napoli, Italy, April 2007.

Invited Talks

  1. Model reference adaptive control and UAS autopilot design.. University of Napoli, Italy, "Federico II", May 2018;
  2. From theory to practice: A nonlinear robust control to assist quadrotor pilots in adverse conditions. Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo 2017;
  3. Robust Control, Optimal Control, and Differential Games. University of New Mexico, October 2016;
  4. Optimal Control and Differential Games: From Spacecraft Attitude Control to Formation Flying. Kirtland Air Force Base, August 2016;
  5. Robust Control, Optimal Control, and Differential Games. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 2016;
  6. Optimal Control and Differential Games: From Spacecraft Attitude Control to Formation Flying. Italian Center for Aerospace Research (CIRA) -- May 2016;
  7. Research Challenges in Control Theory for Aerospace Applications. Italian Center for Aerospace Research (CIRA) -- May 2016.