From the Back Cover
Much has been written about the need to revitalize control education. This book addresses the problem by providing a refreshing new approach to teaching control system design. The book strongly emphasizes real-world design, making it appropriate for the first-time learner as well as for engineers in industry as a technology refresher. The book has been used by the authors for both undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities. The authors' experience is split evenly between academia and industry, which is reflected in the contents of the book. It is divided into 8 parts covering essential aspects in control, ranging from signals and systems (Bode diagrams, root locus, etc.), to SISO control (including PID and fundamental design tradeoffs), and MIMO systems (including constraints, MPC, decoupling, etc.).
A key aspect of the book is the frequent use of real world design examples drawn directly from the authors' industrial experience. These are represented by over 15 substantial case studies ranging from distillation columns to satellite tracking. The book is also liberally supported by modern teaching aids available on both an accompanying CD-ROM and Companion Website. Resources to be found there include MATLAB® routines for all examples; extensive PowerPoint lecture notes based on the book; and a totally unique Java Applet-driven "virtual laboratory" that allows readers to interact with the real-world case studies.
About the Author
GRAHAM GOODWIN has over 30 years of experience in the area of control engineering covering research, education and industry. He is the author of seven books, 500 papers and holds four patents. He was the foundation Chairman of a spin-off company and is currently Directory of a special research center dedicated to systems and control research.
STEFAN GRAEBE's career spans both academic and industrial positions. He was previously research coordinator in the Centre for Industrial Control Science at the University of Newcastle. He is currently head of the Department of Optimization and Automation for the Schwechat refinery of OMVAustria.
MARIO SALGADO received a Maters degree in Control from Imperial College and a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle. He is currently an academic in the Department of Electronics at the Universidad Tecnica Frederico Santa Maria, ValparaísoChile. His interests include signal processing and control systems design.