Some thoughts on the first course in control engineering

Atherton, Derek P (2006) Some thoughts on the first course in control engineering. In: 7th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (2006). Advances in Control Education, 7 (1). Curran Associates Inc. ISBN 9783902661074

Full text not available from this repository.


The paper discusses aspects related to the teaching and content of a first course in control engineering, assumed to be primarily on classical control. It is postulated that the objective of such a course should be to produce students who can design controllers to meet realistic practical specifications. It is argued that this in many cases is an iterative process and students should be allowed to use modern software to do this. It is further argued that these procedures should be used in examinations as current approaches do not provide realistic design questions and are more a test of the student's mathematical ability than their capability in control design.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: education; conventional control; controllers; design; performance indices; software; simulation; optimization; robustness
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Derek Atherton
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2012 08:10
📧 Request an update