86494 - Automatic Controls

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2021/2022

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] Frank L. Lewis, Draguna L. Vrabie, Vassilis L. Syrmos, "Optimal Control", Third Edition (2012) - Print ISBN:9780470633496 Online ISBN:9781118122631 DOI:10.1002/9781118122631

[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)

[9] Ulsoy, A. Galip, Huei Peng, and Melih Çakmakci. "Automotive control systems". Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Teaching methods

Blackboard, Electronic Board, Microsoft Teams, Computer Simulations

Assessment methods

The exam consists in a group (max 4 students) project in which the students solve a control problem realted to an automtoive case study. The group must provide a technical report and the simulator on which the proposed solution is tested. The project is developed in tight collaboration with the teacher in agreement with a recursive "submit and review" process. The mark is out of 30 and it is equal for all the members of the group.

To pass the exam the students must know the good-practices to design a control system with focus on automotive case studies. The project mark is directly proportional to the technical quality of the work produced.

The attendance is not necessary to take the exam.

Teaching tools

Lecture notes and computer listings.

Office hours

See the website of Nicola Mimmo