Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Software and Platforms


Participants : Pierre Martinon [corresponding author] , Vincent Grélard, Daphné Giorgi, Frédéric Bonnans.

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The Bocop project aims to develop an open-source toolbox for solving optimal control problems, with collaborations with industrial and academic partners. Optimal control (optimization of dynamical systems governed by differential equations) has numerous applications in transportation, energy, process optimization, and biology. The software reuses some packages from the COIN-OR library, in particular the well-known nonlinear programming solver Ipopt, and also features a user-friendly interface.

The project is supported by Inria with the arrival of Vincent Grelard as developer in October 2010, and then Daphné Giorgi in October 2012. The first prototype was released in 2011, and version 1.4 is scheduled for the end of 2012. Bocop was first succesfully tested on several academic problems, see [28] available on In 2012, several research collaborations were initiated in fields such as bio-reactors for energy production (ref ECC), swimming micro-robots, and quantum control for medical imaging. Bocop was also featured during our participation in the Imatch "Optimisation and Control" in october.