86494 - Automatic Controls

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2019/2020

Course contents

PART 1 - Systems Theory

State Space Representation, Stability, Reachability, Observability, Kalman Decomposition, Optimal Control, Optimal State Observer

PART 2 – Applications

Longitudinal Controls: Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Vertical Controls: Active Suspension Systems (ASS)

Lateral Controls: Electronic Stability Control (ESC) 

State Estimation



[1] P. J. Antsaklis, A. N. Michel, "Linear Systems" - Birkhauser (2006) - - ISBN 978-0-8176-4434-5

[2] K. Zhou, J. C. Doyle, K. Glover, “Robust and Optimal Control” – Prentice Hall (1996)

[3] D. Simon, “Optimal State Estimation: Kalman, H Infinity, and Nonlinear Approaches” – Wiley (2006)

[4] Weintraub, "Jordan Canonical Form. Theory and Practice" -  Morgan & Claypool (2009)


[5] U. Kiencke, L. Nielsen. “Automotive Control Systems: For Engine, Driveline and Vehicle” - Second Edition – Springer (2005) - ISBN 978-3-642-06211-7

[6] R. Rajamani. “Vehicle Dynamics and Control” – Springer (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4899-8546-0

[7] W. Chen, H. Xiao, Q. Wang, L. Zhao, M. Zhu. “Integrated Vehicle Dynamics and Control” – Wiley (2016)

[8] T. Gillespie, “Fundamentals of Vehicle Dynamics” - Weber (1992)

Teaching methods



Computer Simulations

Assessment methods

Project and its relative oral discussion

Teaching tools

Matlab & Simulink

Office hours

See the website of Nicola Mimmo