Practically all modern control systems are based upon microprocessors and complex microcontrollers that yield high performance and functionality. This volume focuses on the design of computer-controlled systems, featuring computational tools that can be applied directly and are explained with simple paper-and-pencil calculations. The use of computational tools is balanced by a strong emphasis on control system principles and ideas. Extensive pedagogical aids include worked examples, MATLAB macros, and a solutions manual (see inside for details).
The initial chapter presents a broad outline of computer-controlled systems, followed by a computer-oriented view based on the behavior of the system at sampling instants. An introduction to the design of control systems leads to a process-related view and coverage of methods of translating analog designs to digital control. Concluding chapters explore implementation issues and advanced design methods.
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Karl J. Astrom worked for IBM Research in Stockholm before chairing the Automatic Controls Department at Lund University. Since 2002 he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at UC Santa Barbara.
Bjorn Wittenmark is Professor Emeritus at Lund University's Automatic Controls Department.
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