Most modern control systems are implemented by incorporating a computing system with the physical plant. When computers are part of the feedback loop, system analysis turns digital and control designers must take into account sampling rates, clocks, and actuator/sensor delays. Applied Control, EGR442, is a course that introduces the analysis and design of controllers that must execute on these types of systems.
The course has a significant project component that allows students to implement a physical plant, such as an inverted pendulum, and design digital controllers to stabilize the system. Furthermore, the course is designed to introduce students to advanced control topics, such as LQR and MIMO systems.