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).


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: