2006 Volume 19 Issue 11 Pages 435-442
PID control schemes have been widely employed for most process systems represented by chemical processes. However, it is a very important problem how to tune PID parameters, because these parameters have a great influence on the stability and the performance of the control system. On the other hand, lots of works for the robust control have been carried out to cope with system uncertainties. Then, some PID parameter tuning methods have been proposed based on the robust stability. However, if the range of uncertainties is very large, the control performance becomes quite conservative. By the way, the support vector machine (SVM) has been proposed as one of the pattern recognition methods and gets lots of attention in last decades. The main motivation in this paper is to present a design scheme of controllers with the switching structure, in which some robust PID controllers are suitably switched using the SVM. Finally, the proposed control scheme is numerically evaluated on a simulation example.