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ECE 515: Control System Theory and Design (Spring 2012)

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This is a fundamental first-year graduate course on the modern theory of dynamical systems and control. It builds on an introductory undergraduate course in control (such as ECE 486) and emphasizes state-space techniques for the analysis of dynamical systems and the synthesis of control laws meeting given design specifications. Some familiarity with linear algebra, as well as ordinary differential equations, is strongly recommended, although the necessary material will be reviewed in the context of the course.

Schedule: Tue Thu 12:30-1:50pm, Room 163 Everitt Lab

Prerequisite: ECE 486 (Control Systems I) or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Instructor: Daniel Liberzon
Office: 144 CSL
Email: liberzon at
Office hours: TBA

Teaching assistant: Richard Otap
Email: rotap2 at
Office hours: TBA

Class notes:

Recommended text:

Supplementary texts (on reserve in Grainger Library):

Assignments and grading policy:
There will be weekly problem sets, one midterm exam (date to be announced), and one final exam (date to be announced).
Grade break-down: homework 30%, midterm 30%, final 40%. Late homework will not be accepted.


Brief course outline: (see class notes for more details)

1. Introduction: state space models, review of linear algebra.
2. Analysis: state transition matrix, stability, controllability, observability.
3. Design: state feedback, pole placement, observers, optimal control.