Separability of Lyapunov functions for contractive monotone systems

S. Coogan
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2016


We consider constructing Lyapunov functions for systems that are both monotone and contractive with respect to a weighted one norm or infinity norm. This class of systems admits separable Lyapunov functions that are either the sum or the maximum of a collection of functions of a single argument. In either case, two classes of separable Lyapunov functions exist: the first class is separable along the system's state, and the second class is separable along components of the system's vector field. The latter case is advantageous for many practically motivated systems for which it is difficult to measure the system's state but easier to measure the system's velocity or rate of change. We additionally provide several examples.