Advanced Control Systems

Subject ELEN90064 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures and 24 hours of workshops and tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


The prerequisite for this subject is:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

(prior to 2011, ELEN30001 Control 1 OR MCEN30008 Control Systems 1)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Anti-requisite for this subject is:

Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr. Ying Tan


Subject Overview:


This subject provides an introduction to modern control theory with a particular focus on state-space methods and optimal control. The role of feedback in control will be reinforced within this context, alongside the role of optimization techniques in control system synthesis. This subject is a core requirement in the Master of Engineering (Mechanical and Mechatronics).


Topics include:

State-space models - first-order vector differential/difference equations; Lyapunov stability; linearization; discretization; Kalman decomposition (observable, detectable, reachable and stabilizable subspaces); state-feedback and pole placement; output-feedback and observer design.
Optimal control - dynamic programming; linear quadratic regulation; moving-horizon predictive control with constraints.

Learning Outcomes:


Having complete this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

1. Apply fundamental state-space-techniques in the analysis and design of linear feedback control systems, as they arise in a variety of contexts;
2. Formulate and solve constrained optimization problems for control system synthesis;
3. Use software tools to simulate and design the linear behaviour of automatic control systems.

  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 60%;
  • Continuous assessment of submitted project work completed in small groups (2-3 students), not exceeding 20 pages over the semester, worth 30%;
  • A two-hour mid-semester test, worth 10%.

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are assessed in the final written examination, the mid-semester test, and submitted reports for three projects. ILO 3 is assessed as part of submitted project work and in-class discussions.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large


Credit may not be obtained for both

ELEN40007(431-464) Control Systems (Advanced) and ELEN90064 Advanced Control Systems


The subject is delivered through lectures and workshop classes that combine both tutorial and hands-on laboratory activities.


Students are provided with lecture slides, worked problem sets, project specifications, and reference text lists.


Exposure to industry standard engineering design automation tools through laboratory activities

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biosignals
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Electrical)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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