This first course in the control system design series focuses on the design of linear feedback control systems for command-following error, stability, and dynamic response specifications. Feedback control systems are ubiquitous. Students will learn the process of analyzing and designing feedback control systems starting from a physical model of the system. The physical model is then expressed in terms of the associated transfer function. The systems under consideration range from cruise control of automobiles to control of satellites, aircraft, helicopters, and biological systems. Models of systems are translated into block diagrams for ease of manipulation and simplification.
Control is an active field of research and hence there is a steady influx of new concepts, ideas, and techniques. This course is devoted to supporting students equally in their need to grasp both traditional and more modern topics with emphasis on “real-world,” applications.
Design is central to all engineering and especially so to control system design. Design is emphasized from the very beginning so that confidence in solving design problems is developed from the start.
Lectures are delivered by world-class faculty who describe their "real-world" experience with control system design of aerospace and semiconductor process control systems. There are a number of case-studies presented that include magnetic levitation and aircraft control. The course seeks to teach participants the analysis and control system design via interesting examples from a variety of fields.