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Signals and Systems for Control

Short Course Description

Signals and Systems for Control is a 16-hour online preparatory seminar taught from an electrical  engineering perspective and presents an integrated approach to the modeling and analysis of linear and nonlinear systems and signal analysis. Derivation of mathematical models from first principles are described for a variety of physical systems. Time and frequency domain analysis are covered for continuous-time and discrete-time systems and signals.  

The seminar is recommended to prepare students for the graduate courses in the CAR certificate program, particularly ME7236 Powertrain Dynamics and ME7384 Energy Modeling of HEVs.

Theme examples of powertrain components are presented as well as Matlab toolboxes used in the powertrain and advanced propulsion courses.

A undergraduate background in mechanical or electrical engineering is required.


After completing this seminar students will be able to:

  • Understand principles of introductory control systems
  • Understand discrete-time systems
  • Gain competence in state variable systems
  • Develop tools for analysis and design of discrete-time control systems using state variable techniques
  • Demonstrate competence using Laplace and Z-transforms


steve yurkovichSteve Yurkovich, emeritus professor of electrical engineering, Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) currently holds the Louis Beecherl Distinguished Chair in engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he is also head of the Department of Systems Engineering.
Yurkovich is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE). His research has focused on the theory and applications of control systems in numerous application areas. He has been an author on approximately 250 technical publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings. He has authored and co-authored three text books.