Introduction and overview

  • Louis C. Westphal
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 635)


The feedback control systems specialist has a multifaceted job involving several different types of tasks; an alternative point of view is that control systems encompasses several different sub-specialties in which an engineer might choose to emphasize only one or two. The aspects of the systems to be understood include:
  1. 1.

    the process being controlled, whether it be a beer brewing plant, a refinery, an aircraft, or an artificially paced human heart;

  2. 2.

    the hardware, including instruments for sensing, wiring carrying data, computers processing data, and motors implementing commands; and

  3. 3.

    the algorithms used and the computer coding which implements them.



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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis C. Westphal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandAustralia

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