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Course module: 202001140
Control Engineering
Course info
Course module202001140
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact A. Franchi
dr. D. Bicego
Examiner A. Franchi
Contactperson for the course A. Franchi
Lecturer A. Franchi
Examiner G.J.M. Krijnen
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksMinor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The learning objectives of the Module are that the student:
  • is able to describe real world phenomena with the language of dynamical systems.
  • understands the interplay between linear and nonlinear systems. While non-linear systems are generally described as dx/dt=f(x) with f being any function, linear systems can be represented as dx/dt=Ax where A is a matrix, so dx/dt is a linear combination of the entries of x.
  • is able to analyze certain classes of dynamical systems, in particular the main representations in the time domain, the Laplace domain and the frequency domain.
  • understands main structural properties such as stability, controllability, observability, impulse response, etc.
  • is able to solve control engineering problems, knows how to address the solutions by relating real systems with their mathematical descriptions, and as such how to influence the behaviour of the real system. 
For some classes of dynamical systems you will be able to design controllers using a variety of methods: I) For linear single input, single output (SISO) systems these methods include root locus, Bode plots and Nyquist plots. II) For linear multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems, these methods include state feedback and output feedback. III) In the case of non-linear MIMO systems you will be able to create linearizations of these systems using Lyapunov
Control theory is applied in every single field of engineering. It is inter-disciplinary and by learning control engineering, as a student you learn a universal engineering language. This is an abstract language, as it is not domain dependent.  As a person, control theory will allow you to look at nature and human technology with a much deeper perspective. You will learn terminology, concepts and mathematical tools to better describe and explain our world. More specific, you will learn what a control engineering problem is and what its specifications mean. In the course we will focus on the design of controller itself, and as such evaluate different control strategies such as feedback and feedforward.

The exam will consist of two tests which will together be weighed to one grade. This combined grade needs to be 5.5 or higher to pass. If not, there is one 100% resit which needs to be scored 5.5 or higher to pass as well.
Irrespective, the number of ECs is 5.
Assumed previous knowledge
Module 5 EE “Continuous Linear Systems”
Module 6
Module 6C
Participating study
Bachelor Electrical Engineering
Participating study
Bachelor Advanced Technology
Required materials
Lecture notes Control Engineering, by Antonio Franchi, will be made available through Canvas and/or RAM secretariat.
Additional hand-outs will also be made available via Canvas.
Recommended materials
Links to video lectures will be posted on Canvas.
Instructional modes


Self study without assistance



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