Virtual Reference Feedback Tuning with data-driven reference model selection
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Learning for Dynamics and Control, PMLR 120:37-45, 2020.
In control applications where finding a model of the plant is the most costly and time consuming task, Virtual Reference Feedback Tuning (VRFT) represents a valid - purely data-driven - alternative for the design of model reference controllers. However, the selection of a proper reference model within a model-free setting is known to be a critical task, with this model typically playing the role of a hyper-parameter. In this work, we extend the VRFT methodology to compute both a proper reference model and the corresponding optimal controller parameters from data by means of Particle Swarm optimization. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is illustrated on a benchmark simulation example.