Control Engineering

  • Hans-Joachim Bungartz
  • Stefan Zimmer
  • Martin Buchholz
  • Dirk Pflüger
Part of the Springer Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics and Technology book series (SUMAT)


The goal of control engineering is to apply external influence to a dynamical system so that it behaves in a desired way. Here, the behavior is under constant monitoring through a comparison between the desired and the actual measured values of the system. When these deviate, the goal is to manipulate the system in a way to minimize future deviations. In view of this feedback one speaks of closed-loop control or feedback control. If there is no feedback, i.e., if the manipulation happens without knowledge on the actual state of the system, then one does not speak of a closed-loop controller but instead of an open-loop or non-feedback control.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Joachim Bungartz
    • 1
  • Stefan Zimmer
    • 2
  • Martin Buchholz
    • 3
  • Dirk Pflüger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.IPVSUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Realtime Technology AGMunichGermany

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