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Automatic control III (Reglerteknik III, 1RT 496)

General course information fall 2010

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0. Messages

2. Teachers and supervisors

The Division of Systems and Control is located at Polacksbacken, house 2.

Name Function Room Phone Email
Torsten Söderström Main responsibility, Lectures, Problem solving sessions 2209 4713075 ts@it.uu.se
Soma Tayamon Computer laboratories 2340 4713391 soma.tayamon@it.uu.se

Note that for all administrative and practical aspects you should as a first choice contact the undergraduate office (IT-kansliet, room 4213).

3. Prerequisities and background

It is assumed that the participants have working knowledge in the following areas:

  • Control systems as described in the courses Automatic control I and Automatic control II.
  • The program package Matlab. The computer laboratories and most of the homework assignments assume that you are familiar with Matlab. In the homework assignments you will be expected to do your own programming. You will also use Matlab's Control Systems Toolbox frequently.
  • Some basics of random processes or signal processing.

Links to some general background material to download is available above.

4. Literature and course material

The course is based on the textbook

  • Torkel Glad and Lennart Ljung: Reglerteori - Flervariabla och olinjära metoder. Studentlitteratur, andra upplagan, 2003 (RT). [There are no larger differences from the first edition of 1997.] It is also available in English as Torkel Glad and Lennart Ljung: Control Theory - Multivariable and Nonlinear Methods, Taylor and Francis, 2000.

Course material for sale at UTH-gård:

  • Exercises Control Theory (2010 edition; includes solutions). (120 SEK).
  • T. Söderström: Random Disturbances - Models and Analysis. (30 SEK)

Note that all the above material was used also during the course Automatic control II.

Further course material include

  • Computer laboratories
  • Homework assignments

We have a limited edition of this material. It will be handed out during the first lectures in the course. You can also get access to this material through the web, see the link Course material above.

5. Computer facilities

For completing the homework assignments you will need access to Matlab and its Control Systems Toolbox.

The software is available in our PC lab (room 2315). To have access to the computers in the PC lab, a student account at UpUnet-S is required. You will need your UpUnet-S user name and the C password in order to login. Information about how to get a UpUnet-S account can be found here. When solving the homework assignments you may need to use Matlab and the Control Systems Toolbox. For more information see the document 'Matlabs Control Systems Toolbox och LTI-object' which is handed out at UTH-gård, or can be found under 'Background material' in the Course material link above. You can of course use the software in the PClab. Another alternative is to run the software over the web. In that case you will need to use your UpUnet-S identity. How to get media and access to the license is described here.

6. Some hints

The course contains a lot of useful stuff, that is also practically important. You may think that there is a lot of theory to penetrate. Here are some friendly advice for how to facilitate the learning.

  • If you read the chapters in advance before each lecture (even if you skim through them), you will find it easier to both follow the presentation, and to improve your understanding during the lectures.
  • The Computer laboratories are aimed to be good vehicles for deepening your knowledge and understanding. We assume that you have prepared yourself accordingly, so that you can take full use of these parts of the course. Take the opportunity to attend the computer laboratories and ask for help with issues you find difficult in the labs.

7. Examination

The examination includes two components: compulsory homework assignments with an oral examination (for grade 3), and an additional written examination (for grades 4 and 5).

  • The first homework assignment is to be solved in groups of up to 4 students. The groups will be formed by the teacher. The group has to report the first part in written form by November 11, will then get some feedback, and have to report the full assignment in written form by November 25. There will then be an oral examination on December 08, where each group member has to answer questions on an individual basis.
  • The second homework assignment is to be solved individually, and is due in written form by December 02.
  • When the solutions to the homework assignments are approved, and the student has passed the oral examination of assignment 1, the student has passed the course with grade 3.
  • There will be a written exam, December 14. For those who pass it, the final grade on the course will be either 4 or 5.

During the exam, the course literature, mathematical handbooks and tables, and calculators are allowed. No set of exercises and solutions is allowed. New versions of the written exam are given in April 2011 and August 2011. If only few students registrate at these occasions, we may replace it with an oral examination.

8. Structure

The course consists of

  • 10 lectures ('föreläsningar')
  • 9 problem solving sessions ('räkneövningar')
  • 2 computer laboratories, 2 hours each ('beräkningslaborationer')

The computer laboratories will take place in room 2315. Please note that you need to use your student account at UpUnet-S (user name and C password are required) in order to run the computer labs.

The computer laboratories are essential parts of the course. They contain many tasks to carry out. In order to pass them, it is necessary that you prepare yourself carefully in advance according to the instructions for the individual laboratories.

Homework assignments are to be handed in at the marked mailbox (no 28) in the row of mailboxes, (second floor, house 2). We will also hand out your corrected homework assignments there. Returned solutions that are not collected by January 24, 2011 will be thrown away.

Updated  2010-10-15 16:52:11 by Torsten Söderström.