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ECE 386

Control Systems I

Spring 2003

Lectures: Mon Wed Fri 10-11, 163 Everitt Lab. No lecture on Friday 1/24.

Instructor: Daniel Liberzon
Office: 144 CSL
Email: liberzon at
Phone: (217) 244-6750

Homework grader: Kaushik Sampath
Office: 235 EL

Laboratory Assistants: Jie Lai and Matt Maple

Lab: The lab sessions will begin the week of 1/27 in 235 Everitt. You must obtain the lab notes from 54 Everitt prior to the first meeting of the lab. Room 235 Everitt is key card accessed. You must obtain a key card ASAP from room 153 Everitt.

Prerequisite: ECE 210.

Text: Franklin, Powell, and Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2002.

Grading policy: Weekly Homework - 15%, Lab - 30%, Midterm Exams (2) - 15% each, Final - 25%. No credit will be given for late homework.

For more information, check the class website:

Course outline:

I. Systems and their models, dynamic response (4 weeks)
Modeling examples, differential equations, impulse response, transfer functions, poles and zeros, feedback.

II. Root locus design (3 weeks)
Evans' root locus method, dynamic compensation.

III. Frequency response design (4 weeks)
Bode plots, Nyquist stability criterion.

IV. State space design (3 weeks)
Linear pole placement, estimator design, internal model principle.