Christopher Onder: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Christopher Onder
Inst. Dynam. Syst. u. Regelungst.
ETH Zürich, ML K 38
Sonneggstrasse 3
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 24 66
Fax+41 44 632 11 39
DepartmentMechanical and Process Engineering
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

151-0567-00LEngine Systems Information 4 credits3GC. Onder
AbstractIntroduction to current and future engine systems and their control systems
ObjectiveIntroduction to methods of control and optimization of dynamic systems. Application to real engines. Understand the structure and behavior of drive train systems and their quantitative descriptions.
ContentPhysical description and mathematical models of components and subsystems (mixture formation, load control, supercharging, emissions, drive train components, etc.).
Case studies of model-based optimal design and control of engine systems with the goal of minimizing fuel consumption and emissions.
Lecture notesIntroduction to Modeling and Control of Internal Combustion Engine Systems
Guzzella Lino, Onder Christopher H.
2010, Second Edition, 354 p., hardbound
ISBN: 978-3-642-10774-0
Prerequisites / NoticeCombined homework and testbench exercise (air-to-fuel-ratio control or idle-speed control) in groups
151-0569-00LVehicle Propulsion Systems Information 4 credits3GC. Onder, P. Elbert
AbstractIntroduction to current and future propulsion systems and the electronic control of their longitudinal behavior
ObjectiveIntroduction to methods of system optimization and controller design for vehicles. Understanding the structure and working principles of conventional and new propulsion systems. Quantitative descriptions of propulsion systems
ContentUnderstanding of physical phenomena and mathematical models of components and subsystems (manual, automatic and continuously variable transmissions, energy storage systems, electric drive trains, batteries, hybrid systems, fuel cells, road/wheel interaction, automatic braking systems, etc.).

Presentation of mathematical methods, CAE tools and case studies for the model-based design and control of propulsion systems with the goal of minimizing fuel consumption and emissions.
Lecture notesVehicle Propulsion Systems --
Introduction to Modeling and Optimization
Guzzella Lino, Sciarretta Antonio
2013, X, 409 p. 202 illus., Geb.
ISBN: 978-3-642-35912-5
Prerequisites / NoticeLectures of Dr. Ch. Onder are also possible to be held in German
151-0573-00LSystem Modeling Information 4 credits2V + 2UG. Ducard, C. Onder
AbstractGeneric modeling approaches for control-oriented models based on first principles, Lagrangian formalism and experimental data. Model parametrization and estimation techniques. Analysis of linear systems, model scaling, linearization, order reduction, and balancing. Basic analysis of nonlinear models.
ObjectiveIntroduction to system modeling for control. Parameter identification. Analysis of linear and nonlinear systems. Case studies.
ContentIntroduction to generic system modeling approaches for control-oriented models based on first principles and on experimental data.
Examples: mechatronic, thermodynamic, chemistry, fluid dynamic, energy, and process engineering systems. Model scaling, linearization, order reduction, and balancing. Estimation techniques (least-squares methods).
Class case studies: Loud-speaker, Water-propelled rocket, geostationary satellites, etc.
The exercises address practical examples. One larger case study is to be solved.
Lecture notesThe handouts in English will be sold in the first lecture.
LiteratureA list of references is included in the handouts.
151-0593-00LEmbedded Control Systems4 credits6GJ. S. Freudenberg, M. Schmid Daners, C. Onder
AbstractThis course provides a comprehensive overview of embedded control systems. The concepts introduced are implemented and verified on a microprocessor-controlled haptic device.
ObjectiveFamiliarize students with main architectural principles and concepts of embedded control systems.
ContentAn embedded system is a microprocessor used as a component in another piece of technology, such as cell phones or automobiles. In this intensive two-week block course the students are presented the principles of embedded digital control systems using a haptic device as an example for a mechatronic system. A haptic interface allows for a human to interact with a computer through the sense of touch.

Subjects covered in lectures and practical lab exercises include:
- The application of C-programming on a microprocessor
- Digital I/O and serial communication
- Quadrature decoding for wheel position sensing
- Queued analog-to-digital conversion to interface with the analog world
- Pulse width modulation
- Timer interrupts to create sampling time intervals
- System dynamics and virtual worlds with haptic feedback
- Introduction to rapid prototyping
Lecture notesLecture notes, lab instructions, supplemental material
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite courses are Control Systems I and Informatics I.

This course is restricted to 33 students due to limited lab infrastructure. Interested students please contact Marianne Schmid (E-Mail:
After your reservation has been confirmed please register online at

Detailed information can be found on the course website