# Erik Burman: Spacetime finite element methods for control problems subject to the wave equation

**Time: **
Thu 2022-03-10 14.00 - 15.00

**Location: **
Zoom

**Video link: **
Meeting ID: 632 9929 3349

**Participating: **
Erik Burman (UCL)

**Abstract:** We consider the null controllability problem for the wave equation, and analyse a stabilized finite element method formulated on a global, unstructured spacetime mesh. We prove error estimates for the control function given by the computational method. The proofs are based on the regularity properties of the control function given by the Hilbert Uniqueness Method, together with the stability properties of the numerical scheme. The order of the error estimates reflects the stability of the problem and the optimal approximation of the finite element spaces, but are slightly suboptimal compared to direct interpolation. We will also comment on the convergence of the scheme for solutions with the minimal regularity. Some numerical examples will be presented in one space dimension and time. The talk is based on joint work with Lauri Oksanen, Ali Feizmohammadi and Arnaud Münch.