24-677   Special Topics: Linear Control Systems

Location: Pittsburgh

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Intermittent

This course offers a practical introduction to the analysis and design of multi-input multi-output linear control systems.  Topics include modeling and linearization of multi-input multi-output dynamic systems using the state-variable description, fundamentals of linear algebra (algebraic equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, singular value decomposition),  analytical and numerical solutions of systems of linear time invariant differential and difference equations, structural properties of linear dynamic physical systems (controllability, observability and stability), canonical realizations, and design of state feedback controllers and observers (pole placement and LQR / Kalman filter approaches). This course will provide a practical approach to the material as opposed to the theoretical approach of 18/24-771, with an emphasis on Matlab / Simulink applications instead of mathematical proofs. As such it is recommended for students pursuing a coursework-based degree; students conducting research in controls or robotics should take 18/24-771.