Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department



Professor Michael J. Wozny, CII 8111, x2898 (voice), x4897 (fax), woznym at rpi dot edu

Office Hours: Thursday 2-4pm.  Otherwise, send e-mail, or just stop by.  I’ll help you if I am in the office.


Professor John T. Wen, CII 8015, x8744 (voice), x4897 (fax), wenj at rpi dot edu, http://cat.rpi.edu/~wen

Office Hour: M, Th 1:00-2:00

Teaching Assistant:

      Rongliang Zhou, zhour at rpi dot edu  Office hour: M/Tu 4-5pm, CII 8123


ECSE.2410  Signals & Systems, or MEAE-4110 Introduction to Automatic Control


TF 2:00pm-3:20pm


     Midterm Exam (take-home, requires access to MATLAB)                      25%

      Design Problem                                                                                             25%

      Final Exam                                                                                                       25%

      Homework (due at each lecture)                                                                  25%


Course Content

Basic principles of feedback.  Stability, robustness, and performance.  Control design using  root-locus, frequency domain and state-space techniques.  Computer-aided analysis and design.  Models with time delay and nonlinearity.  Simulation and experimental projects.  Building and analyzing models with MATLAB and Simulink. 

Course Homepage               WebCT and http://www.cat.rpi.edu/~wen/ECSE444F05


Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, Prentice-Hall, 2002, 4rd Edition.  Required.

Frederick and Chow, Feedback Control Problems using MATLAB & Control System Toolbox, PWS Publishing, 1995.  Recommended.

Additional Reference in Main Library

Leonard and Levine: Using MATLAB to Analyze and Design Control Systems (2nd Ed.), Benjamin/Cummings Publishing, 1995.

Saadat: Computational Aids in Control Systems using MATLAB, McGraw-Hill, 1993.

B. Kuo: Automatic Control Systems, 1995

R. Dorf: Modern Control Systems, 1995

C. Phillips and R. Harbor, Feedback Control Systems, 1995

Computer Aided Design Tools

The homework and design project will make use of MATLAB version 7.0 which is available on RCS and computers in the control studio classroom.  You are also required to use Simulink for system simulation. You can also buy the Student Version of MATLAB and Simulink from the RPI Bookstore.  They include both a manual and a diskette of the “reduced” software. 

Useful links:

Control Tutorial for MATLAB and Simulink: http://www.engin.umich.edu/group/ctm/

A Virtual Control Library: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/extras/Virtual_Library/Control_VL.html

A collection of MATLAB links: http://www.mathworks.com/products/education/basics.shtml