227-0207-00L  Nonlinear Systems and Control

SemesterSpring Semester 2017
LecturersE. Gallestey Alvarez, P. F. Al Hokayem
Periodicityyearly course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentPrerequisite: Control Systems (227-0103-00L)

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AbstractIntroduce students to the area of nonlinear systems and their control. Familiarize them with tools for modelling and analysis of nonlinear systems. Provide an overview of the various nonlinear controller design methods.
ObjectiveOn completion of the course, students understand the difference between linear and nonlinear systems, know the the mathematical techniques for modeling and analysing these systems, and have learnt various methods for designing controllers for these systems.
Course puts the student in the position to deploy nonlinear control techniques in real applications. Theory and exercises are combined for better understanding of virtues and drawbacks in the different methods.
ContentVirtually all practical control problems are of nonlinear nature. In some cases the application of linear control methods will lead to satisfying controller performance. In many other cases however, only application of nonlinear analysis and synthesis methods will guarantee achievement of the desired objectives. During the past decades a number of mature nonlinear controller design methods have been developed and have proven themselves in applications. After an introduction of the basic methods for modelling and analysing nonlinear systems, these methods will be introduced together with a critical discussion of their pros and cons, and the students will be familiarized with the basic concepts of nonlinear control theory.

This course is designed as an introduction to the nonlinear control field and thus no prior knowledge of this area is required. The course builds, however, on a good knowledge of the basic concepts of linear control.
Lecture notesAn english manuscript will be made available on the course homepage during the course.
LiteratureH.K. Khalil: Nonlinear Systems, Prentice Hall, 2001.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Linear Control Systems, or equivalent.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersE. Gallestey Alvarez, P. F. Al Hokayem
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
Course attendance confirmation requiredNo
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationSix questions. Two of them are of theoretical nature, requiring knowledge of main results and methods used in the proofs. In addition, 4 exercises of more practical character should be solved.
Written aidsKeine
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227-0207-00 GNonlinear Systems and Control4 hrs
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