ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

control-lyapunov function

Okay, so let's imagine you are playing with a toy car and you want to control it so it goes where you want it to go. You might have a remote control that helps you move the car in the right direction.

A control Lyapunov function is kind of like a special remote control that helps you make sure your car stays on the right path while you're driving it.

It's like a magic tool that helps you make decisions about what to do next to get the car to move how you want it to.

You can use a control Lyapunov function to figure out when things are going wrong with your car and what you need to do to fix it. This helps you make sure the car stays on track and doesn't crash into anything.

In more grown-up terms, a control Lyapunov function is a mathematical tool used in control theory to analyze and design control systems. It helps ensure that the system is stable and able to meet certain performance requirements. It helps you make decisions about how to adjust the control inputs to keep the system operating correctly.