Courses and workshops

Would you like to catch up on topics related to robustness analysis and advanced control. We offer various courses and workshops readying you and/or your team for applying such techniques in a systematic and effective way.

Examples are:

Robust control: theory and practiceOver the course of the past four decades the framework of robustness analysis and robust control has emerged as a powerful tool to approach complicated control problems. The discipline has exhibited deep theoretical aspects of interest to mathematicians, while, at the same time, it has remained a close connection with real tangible engineering applications. In fact, these techniques are being applied in many projects within as well as outside the realm of Space applications.

The main objective of this course is to provide a solid theoretical background on robustness analysis and controller synthesis techniques aiming at providing the capability to be being able to apply the Mathworks tools (i.e., Matlab’s Robust control toolbox) in practice.

To achieve this, the course consists of lectures as well as (homework) exercises. During the lectures, the main focus will be on the development of the theory and the discussion of the homework.

– Duration: 6-12 two-hour lectures (depending on the scope)
– Prerequisites: Solid background in control and linear algebra
Robustness analysis via integral quadratic constraintsIn this course, we are concerned with the analysis of uncertain dynamical systems based on the integral quadratic constraint (IQC) approach, which was introduced by Megretski and Ranzer in 1997. Since then the approach has evolved into a powerful framework supported by dedicated tools enabling certification of complex dynamical control systems. This complements and goes much beyond the \mu-robustness analysis and design tools. Indeed, the IQC-framework offers the capability to analyse the stability and performance properties for a large class of uncertain and even nonlinear systems. Moreover, there is also a variety of design algorithms available, which offer the possibility to design robust and LPV controllers, among others.

The main objective of this workshop is:
– to provide an introduction to the theoretical foundation of the IQC-approach and how this translates in a powerful engineering tools.
– to demonstrate how the corresponding IQClab tools can be applied in practice.

To this end, the workshop consists of a series of lectures in combination with an extensive exercise session.

– Duration: 2 four-hour lectures + 1 four-hour exercise session.
– Prerequisites: Solid background in robust control

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