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EEE8158 : Robust and Adaptive Control Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Damian Giaouris
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide students with an advanced understanding of modern controller design. To enhance student’s appreciation of practical issues and problems associated with the design of real-life control systems and appropriate techniques for improving controller performance. To provide insight into current trends in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ordinary Differential Equations
• First, second and nth order systems
• Systems of first order differential equations

State Space Analysis
• Solution of a state space model
• State space transformations
• Controllability/Observability
• State feedback and LQR control

Nonlinear Dynamics
• Properties of nonlinear systems
• Linearisation
• Stability

Robust/Sliding mode control
• Ideal systems
• Nonsmooth control law
• Uncertainty
• Finite Convergence

Adaptive control
• Basic concepts of adaptive control
• Model Reference Adaptive Control

Further advanced material drawn from:

• Stochastic estimation (Kalman Filters),

• Further adaptive/self tuning techniques
• Optimum control
• Model Predictive control

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials170:205:40Non-synchronous pre-recorded videos, covering the main material of the module and matlab.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials170:205:40Student time to review non-synchronous pre-recorded videos.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Summative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1124:40124:40Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Tutorial exercises
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is a combination of online tutorials supplemented by directed lecture materials. lectures and computer practical sessions using CAD packages like Matlab/Simulink. Through this combination students will be able to better understand and apply the concepts of modern advanced control systems techniques.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A1003h closed book exam at the end of the sem
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination1MTutorials 1-3 in week 3.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Online material is assessed by written exam which will assess the students' ability to tackle problems based on Robust and Adaptive Control systems.

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