ES 581: Advanced Control Systems

Spring 2003 Schedule: 8:00am-10:00am in Workman 205


Dr. Stephen Bruder
Dr. Rush Robinett
Dr. Hasan Shanechi
Dr. Kevin Wedeward

Textbook: "Control System Design" by Bernard Friedland


  1. Introduction (Dr. Wedeward: 1/23, 1/30)
  2. State-space Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (Dr. Wedeward: 2/6, 2/13)
  3. Controllability (Dr. Shanechi: 2/20)
  4. Feedback and Stabilization (Dr. Robinett: 2/27, 3/6)
  5. Observability (Dr. Bruder: 3/20)
  6. Observers and Dynamic Feedback (Dr. Bruder: 3/27, 4/3)
  7. Linear Optimal Control (Dr. Robinett: 4/10)
  8. Introduction to Methods for Nonlinear Systems (Dr. Shanechi: 4/17, 4/24)
  9. Computer Simulation of Dynamic Systems (throughout course as applicable)

Presentation Schedule:

5/1: Rocky: Mechanical Portion of Alpha-Omega Liquid Sodium Dynamo, Steven: Electric Power System

5/8: Scott: Double Inverted Pendulum, Hollice: Heliostat, Adam: double pendulum


Homework: 30%
Final Project/Presentation: 70%

Homework Assignments:

HW 1 due Th 01/30: handout
HW2 due Th 02/06: handout
HW3 due Th 02/13: handout
HW4 due Th 02/20: Problem 3.2b (find first companion, Jordan, and controllable canonical forms)
HW7 due Th 04/03: handout

Reading Assignments:

Sections 2.1-2.4
Sections 3.1-3.5
Sections 3.6, 3.7
Chapter 6 (excluding 6.4)
Read up on pole placement and Ackerman's formula


observer examples in matlab: obs.m, obs2.m, obs3.m