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Introduction to Feedback Control Hardcover – March 27, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0132353960 ISBN-10: 0132353962 Edition: 1st
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The Development of modern Optimal and robust control theory in the last thirty years calls for significant change in the teaching of classic control. It is the authors’ goal to integrate the modern optimal and robust control theory into classical control theory using tools already available from the context of classic control. This book represents the authors’ first attempt towards this challenging goal. The book includes a significant portion of the well-known classical control material, albeit with some twists and extensions whenever appropriate in consideration of recent developments and the available modern computational tools. There is significant coverage on some nontraditional topics such as

  • Two-degree-of-freedom control
  • Kharitonov robust stability results of polynomials
  • Performance limitations due to non-minimum phase zeros
  • Overshoot and undershoot and their relations with poles/zeros locations
  • Routh table method for computing 2-norm
  • Visualizing frequency responses from the Riemann sphere
  • Modern optimal and robust control using classical tools


The book includes the following chapters:

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Stability and stabilization
  • Time domain analysis
  • Root locus method
  • Frequency domain analysis
  • Classical design in frequency domain
  • Performance and robustness
  • Optimal and robust control

About the Author

Prof. Li Qiu received the B.Eng degree from Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China, in 1981. He received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont., Canada, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He joined Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China, in 1993, where he is now a professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Prof. Qiu's research interests include system, control, information theory, and mathematics for information technology. He served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and an associate editor of Automatica. He is now a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Control Systems Society and the general chair of the 7th Asian Control Conference, which is to be held in Hong Kong in 2009. He is a fellow of IEEE.


Prof. Kemin Zhou was born in Wuhu, China, in 1962. He received B.S. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1982, M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Minnesota in 1986 and 1988, respectively. Since 1990, he has been with Louisiana State University where he is currently Mark and Carolyn C. Guidry Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the leading author of two books in the field: Robust and Optimal Control (Prentice Hall, 1995), which has been used worldwide as graduate textbook and research references and has been translated into Japanese (1997) and Chinese (2002), and Essentials of Robust Control (Prentice Hall, 1997). He is/was an Associate Editor of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Systems and Control Letters, Journal of System Sciences and Complexity, and Journal of Control Theory and Applications. He was named the Oskar R. Menton Endowed Professor in 1998 and Voorhies Distinguished Professor in 2004, recognized for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to LSU by the House of Representatives of the Louisiana Legislature in 2004, and received outstanding young investigator award from Natural Science Foundation of China in 2004. He was also selected in 2004 as the prestigious Chang Jiang Jiang Zuo Professor. He has also been honored as one of LSU 2008 Rainmakers. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 2003.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (March 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132353962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132353960
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is written in 8 years by two authorative researchers in the field of optimal control theory. Although intended as an introductory, this textbook is mathematically sophisticated and self-contained, sometimes reaching to advanced topics. However, I consider it an important feature favoring readers with no engineering control background*.

That being said, the book still provides within 400 or so pages lots of examples along with matlab codes which helps you to create a more intutive understanding of key concepts. You will appreciate the appropriateness in the choice of engineering examples and information provided. Another great feature of the book is that it provides a great up-to-date references to important articles and books which, in an ideal situation, should be read to improve the learning process. So this is a fivestar textbook which deserves to be read from page one to last.

(*In my personal view, the way people learn control theory (or anything else) is a process of creating a simulation in their minds rather than on a computer. The more sophisticated mind is simply capable of handling more complex simulation...If you have lots of engineering experience, you have certainly seen how a control system actually works. Then you should have no problem creating a visual simulation in your mind. For those who has no engineering control background, mathematical simulation is the second best choice...Its safe to say most theoretical researchers in this field are more or less creating all sorts of simulations in their minds everyday, hoping that some of them will actually find an application...)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jie on February 6, 2012
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I am no control background, so this book is very suitable for me. I strongly recommend that people who has no control knowledge buy this book first and then begin your study. Thank you.
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