Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1999

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering - (Ph.D.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Bernard Friedland

Second Advisor

Andrew Ulrich Meyer

Third Advisor

Timothy Nam Chang

Fourth Advisor

Denis L. Blackmore

Fifth Advisor

Zoran Gajic


Observer synthesis for discrete-time nonlinear systems with special applications to parameter estimation is analyzed. Two new types of observers are developed. The first new observer is an adaptation of the Friedland continuous-time parameter estimator to discrete-time systems. The second observer is an adaptation of the continuous-time Gauthier observer to discrete-time systems. By adapting these observers to discrete-time continuous-time parameter estimation problems which were formerly intractable become tractable.

In addition to the two newly developed observers, two observers already described in the literature are analyzed and deficiencies with respect to noise rejection are demonstrated. improved versions of these observers are proposed and their performance demonstrated.

The issues of discrete-time observability, discrete-time system inversion, and optimal probing are also addressed.