Advanced Topics in Control of Electromechanical Systems (866H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module aims to provide a thorough introduction to key concepts underlying advanced topics in control of electomechanical systems' analysis and design. Your learning experience is reinforced by using typical engineering applications (electromechanical), and examples stemming from both the macro- and micro-world to emphasise particular difference in the design procedure. 

Topics will normally include the following:

  • classical to advanced control – a systems perspective, uncertainty, sensitivity and robustness and motivation for robust control, robust stability and performance, advanced loop-shaping control approaches, the role of model-based estimation and reliability
  • the need for nonlinear control – nonlinearities in control design problems, nonlinear control stability and the role of Lyapunov functions, introduction to nonlinear control design methods
  • application examples – electrical drives, active suspensions and electrostatic micro-actuators (control issues in the microworld).


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Problem Set)
80%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.