The Ohio State University
Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 5551 State Space Control Systems

(Control System Design Using State Space Methods)

Instructor: Prof. Kevin Passino (my research areas in control systems are described at this site), 416 Dreese Laboratory,

Office Hours: Email me to get an appointment for time outside of class time (keep in mind that I will be staying after class to answer questions).

Scheduling: This course is offered annually in Autumn semester.

Objective: Study the use of state space methods for modeling, analysis, and design of feedback control systems, with a primary focus on discrete-time approaches. Use of Matlab for analysis and design, including simulations. Applications from a diversity of areas (e.g., sattelite, azimuth control, autonomous robots, temperature control, and automotive cruise control).

Textbook: Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, Third Edition, GF Franklin, JD Powell, M Workman, Ellis-Kagle Press

Lecture Topics:


Course materials (class recordings, board and video):


1. Notes on Board:

Board used in class for lectures (math, diagrams) that is updated after every lecture, added to, so that this is a cummulative set of class notes:

Part 1: board

Part 2: board

Part 3: board


2. Videos of Lecture: (channel on Mediasite, for all lectures):

Lecture videos




Final Project Exam:

Dec 11-17 time period. Not during class sessions. Will be a take-home project.


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