Applied Feedback Control


This course provides advances in the design of linear feedback control systems for command-following error, disturbance rejection, stability, and dynamic response specifications. We review root-locus and frequency response design (Bode) techniques, Nyquist stability criterion, and the design of dynamic compensators. Topics include state-space techniques for modeling, full-state feedback regulator design, pole placement, and observer design. Digital control (z-transform) and optimal control (LQ) are introduced. Examples are drawn from electrical, mechanical, and aeronautical applications. Computer aided design with MATLAB and SIMULINK are used to motivate the material. 


I would also like to acknowledge Prof. Steve Rock of Stanford University, who teaches this material and has generously helped with the syllabus, the course material, and general inspiration. Prof. Rock combines the theory with real world stories in a way that makes controls engineering fun and completely enjoyable.


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Homework Assignements

Homeworks are handed out in class, and are due back either in class or in my office, 337B Engineering 2, at 5 PM on the following week. Homeworks will only be accepted at the beginning of class, not at the end of class. Homeworks turned in late will be receive half the total points once the solution set has been posted. Cooperation and collaboration on the homeworks is encouraged, but this is NOT licence to copy. The work you turn in should be your own.

  • Homework #1


  • [FPE]: Franklin, Powell, Emami - Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, 6th edition. Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN: 978-0136019695
  • [FPW]: Franklin, Powell, Workman - Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, 3rd, AtlasBooks
  • [Shaum]: Stubberud, Williams, DiStefano - Schaum's Outline of Feedback and Control Systems, McGraw-Hill 2011, ISBN 978-0071635127


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