ECE 147C - CONTROL SYSTEMS DESIGN PROJECT/
ME 106A - ADVANCED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING LAB
Tu-Tu, 12:30- 1:45pm, SH 1430
The objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to design, implement, and document a control engineering project.
The course has three components: lectures, prepared laboratories (in the form of a project that is the same for all students), and a design project (specific to each group of students).
The lectures and laboratories cover a range of special topics related to the practical implementation of control systems that are not covered in introductory control courses but that are likely to arise in the professional career of controls engineers. These include:
The course is heavily project-oriented and the students will be required to design, implement, document, and present a significant control systems project, which requires them to address the issues covered in the lectures.
This course is part of an ECE design sequence with ECE147A.
ECE147A or ME155A or ME173 or equivalent. Open to all engineering majors.
Course's web page
All information relevant to the course will be continuously posted at the course's web page. The URL is
João P. Hespanha
Office hours: Please email or phone me in advance to schedule for an appointment.
Office hours: Fri, 10am-12noon @ HFH 3120A (Attention: time and place updated on 4/15/2014)
Assessment format: ME106A (3 units)
Assessment format: ECE147C (5 units)
The course will be based on the following notes: ECE147c-ME106a-LectureNotes
The second half of the laboratory time is devoted to the final project. Possible projects include
The final project must make extensive use of two out of the four topics taught in the lectures, which are Model Identification, Robust Control, LQG/LQR, Nonlinear Control.
See due dates below…
The following is a tentative schedule for the course. If revisions are needed they will be posted on the course's web page. The third column of the schedule contains the recommended reading for the topics covered on each class. Students are strongly encouraged to read these materials prior to the class.
Schedule & Location:
Schedule: Mon 5-8pm (weekly 3 hour laboratory session)
Location: 3120A Harold Frank Hall (HFH)
There will be weekly laboratory sessions to complement the material covered in the lectures. A portion of the laboratory should be prepared before the lab session.
Most laboratories will require the use of MATLAB/Simulink with the CONTROL SYSTEMS and IDENTIFICATION Toolboxes.
The first laboratory class will take place on the second week of classes. The TA will use this class to introduce students to the equipment. Please read and bring to class the following handouts: Introductory laboratory handout (ATTENTION: updated on 4/4/2014) and Hardware guide. You can find a few more "goodies" in Justin's web site, which include a couple of Simulink models that you can use to test the harware.
The following document provides a general description of what the students are expected to do before and during the lab and it also serves as a template for the final lab report that will be turn in the middle of the quarter. The final project report (due at the end of the quarter) should also follow this basic template: Laboratory project
See the Study Guide for an overview of the week-by-week laboratory activities.