Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

Ugur G. Abdulla

Second Advisor

Ted Conway

Third Advisor

Jian Du

Fourth Advisor

Vladislav Bukshtynow


Dissertation analyzes optimal control of systems with distributed parameters described by the general boundary value problems in a bounded Lipschitz domain for the linear second order uniformly elliptic partial differential equations (PDE) with bounded measurable coefficients. Broad class of elliptic optimal control problems under Dirichlet or Neumann boundary conditions are considered, where the control parameter is the density of sources, and the cost functional is the L2-norm difference of the weak solution of the elliptic problem from measurement along the boundary or subdomain. The optimal control problems are fully discretized using the method of finite differences. Two types of discretization of the elliptic boundary value problem depending on Dirichlet or Neumann type boundary condition are introduced. Convergence of the sequence of finite-dimensional discrete optimal control problems both with respect to the cost functional and the control is proved. The methods of the proof are based on energy estimates in discrete Sobolev spaces, Lax-Milgram theory, weak compactness and convergence of interpolations of solutions of discrete elliptic problems, and delicate estimation of the cost functional along the sequence of interpolations of the minimizers for the discrete optimal control problems. Dissertation pursues application of the optimal control theory of elliptic systems with distributed parameters to biomedical problem on the identification of cancerous tumor. The Inverse Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) problem on recovering electrical conductivity tensor and potential in the body based on the measurement of the boundary voltages on the m electrodes for a given electrode current is analyzed. A PDE constrained optimal control framework in Besov space is developed, where the electrical conductivity tensor and boundary voltages are control parameters, and the cost functional is the norm difference of the boundary electrode current from the given current pattern and boundary electrode voltages from the measurements. The state vector is a solution of the second order elliptic PDE in divergence form with bounded measurable coefficients under mixed Neumann/Robin type boundary condition. The novelty of the control theoretic model is its adaptation to clinical situation when additional "voltage-to-current" measurements can increase the size of the input data from m up to m! while keeping the size of the unknown parameters fixed. Existence of the optimal control is established. Fréchet differentiability in the Banach-Besov spaces framework is proved and the formula for the Frechet gradient expressed in terms of the adjoined state vector is derived. Optimality condition is formulated, and gradient type iterative algorithm in Hilbert-Besov spaces setting is developed. EIT optimal control problem is fully discretized using the method of finite differences. New Sobolev-Hilbert space is introduced, and the convergence of the sequence of finite-dimensional optimal control problems to EIT coefficient optimal control problem is proved both with respect to functional and control in 2- and 3-dimensional domains.

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