Optimization via characteristic functions of cones

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As Finsler metrics generalize Riemannian metrics, so one can generalize Lorentzian metrics to the consideration of manifolds equipped with a cone field and an appropriately smooth function F on the tangent bundle such that F restricted to each tangent space yields a so-called `length functional' for the cone assigned to that point. As in Lorentzian geometry, one considers `forward' curves in the manifold which are length maximizing. In this paper we consider how the methods of optimal control can be applied to the study of these curves. Since our primary focus is on local questions, we restrict our inquiry to open subsets of Rn.

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Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

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