Preliminary Results of Adaptive Reinforcement Learning Control for Morphing Aircraft Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper applies an Adaptive-Reinforcement Learning Control methodology to the problem of aircraft morphing. The reinforcement learning morphing control function is integrated with an adaptive dynamic inversion control trajectory tracking function. An episodic unsupervised learning simulation using the Q-Learning method is developed to learn the optimal shape change policy, and optimality is addressed by cost functions representing optimal shapes corresponding to flight conditions. The methodology is demonstrated with a numerical example of a hypothetical 3-D smart aircraft that can morph in all three spatial dimensions, tracking a specified trajectory and autonomously morphing over a set of shapes corresponding to flight conditions along the trajectory. Results presented in the paper show that this methodology is capable of learning the required shape and morphing into it, and accurately tracking the reference trajectory in the presence of parametric uncertainties, unmodeled dynamics and disturbances.

name of conference

  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit

published proceedings

  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Tandale, M., Rong, J., & Valasek, J.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Tandale, Monish||Rong, Jie||Valasek, John

publication date

  • June 2004