T.J.J. van den Boom and B. De Schutter, "Model predictive control for perturbed max-plus-linear systems: A stochastic approach," International Journal of Control, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 302-309, Feb. 2004.
Model predictive control (MPC) is a popular controller design technique in the process industry. Conventional MPC uses linear or nonlinear discrete-time models. Recently, we have extended MPC to a class of discrete event systems that can be described by a model that is "linear" in the (max,+) algebra. In our previous work we have only considered MPC for the perturbations-free case and for the case with bounded noise and/or modeling errors. In this paper we extend these results on MPC for max-plus-linear systems to a stochastic setting. We show that under quite general conditions the resulting optimization problems turns out to be convex and can thus be solved very efficiently.