Koopman Operators for Generalized Persistence of Excitation Conditions for Nonlinear Systems


It is hard to identify nonlinear biological models strictly from data, with results that are often sensitive to experimental conditions. Automated experimental workflows and liquid handling enables unprecedented throughput, as well as the capacity to generate extremely large datasets. We seek to develop generalized identifiability conditions for informing the design of automated experiments to discover predictive nonlinear biological models. For linear systems, identifiability is characterized by persistence of excitation conditions. For nonlinear systems, no such persistence of excitation conditions exist. We use the input-Koopman operator method to model nonlinear systems and derive identifiability conditions for open-loop systems initialized from a single initial condition. We show that nonlinear identifiability is intrinsically tied to the rank of a given dataset's power spectral density, transformed through the lifted Koopman observable space. We illustrate these identifiability conditions with a simulated synthetic gene circuit model, the repressilator. We illustrate how rank degeneracy in datasets results in overfitted nonlinear models of the repressilator, resulting in poor predictive accuracy. Our findings provide novel experimental design criteria for discovery of globally predictive nonlinear models of biological phenomena.

ICB Affiliated Authors

N. Boddupalli, A. Hasnain, S. P. Nandanoori and E. Yeung
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentation
IEEE 58th Conference on Decision and Control