Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems

Astronaut Steve Robinson in space, standing on a long robotic arm.

Feedback control systems are central to many advanced technologies such as robotics. In this photo, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson is anchored to a foot restraint on the International Space Station's robotic arm during a spacewalk. (Courtesy of NASA.)


MIT Course Number

2.14 / 2.140

As Taught In

Spring 2014


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course develops the fundamentals of feedback control using linear transfer function system models. Topics covered include analysis in time and frequency domains; design in the s-plane (root locus) and in the frequency domain (loop shaping); describing functions for stability of certain non-linear systems; extension to state variable systems and multivariable control with observers; discrete and digital hybrid systems and use of z-plane design. Students will complete an extended design case study. Students taking the graduate version (2.140) will attend the recitation sessions and complete additional assignments.

Trumper, David. 2.14 Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems, Spring 2014. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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