CDS 110b, Winter 2008

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CDS 110b Schedule Project Course Text

This is the homepage for CDS 110b, Introduction to Control Theory for Winter 2008.


  • Richard Murray,
  • Lectures: MWF, 2-3 pm, 206 Thomas
  • Office hours: Fridays, 3-4 pm, 109 Steele

Teaching Assistants (cds110-tas@cds)

  • Julia Braman, Luis Soto
  • Office hours: Sun 3-4 pm (110 Steele), Tue 3-4 pm (110 Steele)

Course Syllabus

Course Desciption and Goals: CDS 110b focuses on intermediate topics in control theory, including state estimation using Kalman filters, optimal control methods and modern control design techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to design and analyze control systems of moderate complexity. Students may optionally participate in a course project in lieu of taking the midterm and final. Students participating in the course project will learn how to implement and test control systems on a modern experimental system.


The final grade will be based on homework sets, a midterm exam and a final exam:

  • Homework: 50%
    Homework sets will be handed out weekly and will generally be due one week later at 5 pm to the box outside of 109 Steele. Students are allowed three grace periods of two days each which can be used at any time (but no more than 1 grace period per homework set). Additional extensions on homework will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances and require prior permission for the instructor.
  • Midterm: 20%
    A midterm exam will be handed out at the beginning of midterms week and due at the end of the midterm examination period. The midterm exam will be open book.
  • Final: 30%
    The final exam will be handed out on the last day of class due at the end of finals week. It will be an open book exam.

Note: students working on the course project will not be required to take the midterm or final. Instead, two project reports will be due documenting the experimental work performed as part of the class. In addition, students working on the course project are only required to complete the first 2 problems on each homework set.

Collaboration Policy

Collaboration on homework assignments is encouraged. You may consult outside reference materials, other students, the TA, or the instructor. All solutions that are handed in should reflect your understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing. MATLAB scripts and plots are considered part of your writeup and should be done individually. Use of written solutions from prior years or other sources is not allowed.

No collaboration is allowed on the midterm or final exams.

Course Text and References

The main course text is

You may find the following texts useful as well:

  • K. J. Åström and R. M. Murray, ', Princeton University Press, 2008.
  • B. Friedland, Control System Design: An Introduction to State-Space Methods, Dover, 2004.
  • F. L. Lewis and V. L. Syrmos, Optimal Control, Second Edition, Wiley-IEEE, 1995. (Google Books)
  • A. D. Lewis, A Mathematical Approach to Classical Control, 2003.
  • J. Doyle, B. Francis, A. Tannenbaum, Feedback Control Theory, Macmillan, 1992.

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