Non-linear tanker control system parameter optimization using genetic algorithms

E. W. McGookin, D. J. Murray-Smith, Yun Li, T. I. Fossen

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The optimization of a non-linear control problem by Genetic Algorithm (GA) is studied in this paper. It involves the performance of a control system for course changing manoeuvres of an oil tanker. Sliding Mode (SM) control theory is used to define the structure of this controller and the GA is used to optimize key control parameters so that satisfactory performance is obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalOceans Conference Record (IEEE)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997


  • ships
  • nonlinear control systems
  • control system synthesis
  • optimal control
  • genetic algorithms
  • variable structure systems


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