Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Moduli: Lorenzo Marconi (Modulo 1) Michelangelo Bin (Modulo 2) Alessandro Bosso (Modulo 3)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Automation Engineering (cod. 9217)

Learning outcomes

The course aims to acquaint the student with the design methods of discrete-time and discrete-time controllers for single-input single-output linear systems.

Course contents

Introduction to synthesis methods for continuous-time systems. Root locus as a tool for analysis and synthesis. Sensitivity functions and loop shaping in the frequency domain. Synthesis methods with frequency-shaped regulators and standard regulators. Advanced control structures for linear systems.
Introduction to discrete-time systems and Z-transform. Sampling theory. Shannon theorem. Choice of sampling time in a control system. Anti aliasing filters. Discretization of continuous-time controllers. Reconstruction theory and zero-order hold.
Introduction to Matlab/Simulink as a tool for the simulation of dynamic systems and the synthesis of control systems. Outline of numerical methods for simulation. Procedure for the design and validation of control systems: modelling and system analysis, synthesis of a continuous-time controller, controller discretization and introduction to non-idealities of digital processing systems. Real case studies.


G. Marro, "Controlli Automatici", Zanichelli, 5a edizione.

P. Bolzern, R. Scattolini, N. Schiavone, "Fondamenti di Controlli Automatici", McGraw Hill, 4a edizione.

Teaching methods

Use of slides and blackboard exercises. Laboratory exercises on the use of simulation tools for the synthesis of control systems.

Assessment methods

Oral examination with development of a laboratory work during the year.

Teaching tools

Slides and software for dynamic system simulation and control system synthesis.

Office hours

See the website of Lorenzo Marconi

See the website of Michelangelo Bin

See the website of Alessandro Bosso