Problem 3 - Is the A matrix zero?

Q: Is the A matrix zero in problem 3?

A: No it is not.

The problem dynamics are given as ${\dot {z}}=f(z,u)$ where $z=(x,y,\theta )^{{T}}$ and $u=(v,\phi )^{{T}}$. Use $\phi =0$ for simplicity.

The estimator can be built directly from the system dynamics: ${\dot {{\hat {z}}}}=f({\hat {z}},u)+L(y-C{\hat {z}})$. As Kalman showed, the optimal observer gain is $L=P(t)C^{{T}}R^{{-1}}(t)$, where $P(t)$ comes from a solution of the Riccati equation ${\dot {P}}=AP+PA^{{T}}-PC^{{T}}R^{{-1}}CP+FQF^{{T}}$

Note, there are no random disturbances affecting the system dynamics, so F=0 in these equations. The entries of matrix $A(t)$ come from linearization of the observer: $A=\left.{\frac {\partial f}{\partial {\hat {z}}}}\right|_{{{\hat {z}}_{{ref}},u}}$. If you utilize the A matrix with the initial state of the observer with the Matlab lqe or kalman command, you will receive an error. This is because these Matlab functions assume ${\dot {P}}=0$. This will not work in this problem due to its nonlinearity.

You will need to numerically integrate the Riccati equation to get $P(t)$. Additionally, over time the observer state will also change, and the linearization A at time zero will not be valid for all time. Thus, your numerical integration will need to update the A matrix for each step of your iteration.

Suggestion: Utilize the same numerical integration call to integrate the original dynamics ${\dot {z}}$, the estimator dynamics ${\dot {{\hat {z}}}}$, and the Riccati Equation ${\dot {P}}$ simultaneously. This will allow you to simultaneously update the A matrix, P matrix, and L matrix.

--John