School of Engineering and Management

Introduction to Control Systems

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's programme in Engineering and Management (First Level)

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is to teach students the basic principles of computer control and automation of engineering systems and processes.

Students obtain the following competences:

- basic control principles and general methods of systems’ design and assembly,

- approach to control systems as a product (from the aspect of key attributes like, for example, purpose, function, mechanism and structure), a life-cycle aspect to control systems and use of non-engineering aspects of control-systems use

- knowledge of basic methods, tools and elements necessary for control-system design like: mathematical modelling and computer simulation, various methods for control design and implementation of control functions, computer-aided control-system design, sensors, actuators, and supervisory-control software.

Prerequisites

Required prerequisit knowledge from courses: Engineering mathematics, Engineering physics, Introduction to computer science and Electrical engineering.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Introduction to system theory
  • Control systems (purpose, function)
  • Introduction to control-systems technology
  • Sequential control
  • Higher control levels
  • Modelling and control-systems’ analysis
  • Control-systems design

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Introduction to control system and general control principles are mastered first. The aspect of control system as a product from the aspect of key attributes like purpose, function, mechanism and structure are taught next. Life-cycle aspect of control systems and non-engineering aspects are the next topics. The main part of the course is devoted to basic methods, tools and elements for control-systems design. In this framework the emphasys is on mathematical modelling and computer simulation, various controll-design methods, implementation of control functions, computer-aides control-system design, sensors, actuators, and supervisory-control software.

Readings

  • Več avtorjev (1998): Celostni pristop k računalniškemu vodenju procesov, urednik S. Strmčnik, Založba Fakultete za elektrotehniko, Ljubljana.
  • J. Kocijan (1996): Načrtovanje vodenja dinamičnih sistemov, Zbirka nalog, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana.
  • J. Kocijan (2012): Uvod v avtomatsko vodenje, spletni učbenik, Nova Gorica.

    http://dsc.ijs.si/OAV/Spletni%20ucbenik.htm

  • B. Zupančič (1996): Zvezni regulacijski sistemi – 1. del, 2. izdaja, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana.
  • B. Zupančič (2011): Avtomatsko vodenje sistemov, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana.

Assessment

  • Written exam, which assesses knowledge of the implementation of concepts of basic principles of control-systems analysis and design.
  • Oral exam, which assesses knowledge of the theoretical and general concepts of control-systems design, control system as a product, Life-cycle aspect of control systems, non-engineering aspects, knowledge of basic methods, tools and elements of control design.

Lecturer's references

Prof. dr. Stanko Strmčnik is a full professor, giving lectures at University of Ljubljana and University of Nova Gorica.

Principal education and research areas: Automatic control, industrial process control, mathematical modelling and identification, non-technical aspects of control systems, technology transfer

Prof. dr. Juš Kocijan is currently a senior researcher at the Department of Systems and Control, Jozef Stefan Institute and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Management, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

University course code: 1GI011

Year of study: 2

Course principal:

Lecturer:

Assistant:

ECTS: 10

Workload:

  • Lectures: 75 hours
  • Exercises: 45 hours

Course type: mandatory

Languages: slovene