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Howard Jay Chizeck
E E 449
Seattle Campus

Design of Automatic Control Systems

Design problems for aerospace vehicles, systems with unstable dynamics, lightly damped modes, nonminimum phase, nonlinear dynamics. Computer-aided analysis, design, and simulation, with laboratory hardware-in-the-loop testing. Team design reviews, oral presentations. Prerequisite: E E 448.

Class description

Please ignore outdated official description in catalog.

The goal of this course is an in-depth control engineering design experience in a small design team. The design projects will include attention to project planning and management, reporting, and technical communication. Each project will have a real customer with whom the team will define project requirements.

Student teams will design, implement, test, and report on their project results.

The course will include a few lectures on select topics (eg., project management, intellectual property, and some control engineering topics. Most course effort will be directed toward accomplishing the project. Groups will write and/or present progress reports (uploaded to course wiki, short (5 minutes) or longer reports in class, and each group will meet with the professor and TA most weeks.

Student learning goals

Application of control engineering methods to a real problem.

Project Planning and Management.

Reporting engineering project and technical results.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This is a capstone course, building upon (and using) all of the other engineering, computer science, science and other courses that students have taken.

Class assignments and grading

Grades based upon project reports and presentations, success of the project, participation in the project team. There are no traditional exams or homework assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Howard Jay Chizeck
Date: 02/17/2008