Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course covers both classical as well as optimal control design methods widely used in the industry. The topics include internal model control, state feedback control, noise modelling, observer design, and constrained optimal control.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENGG3440. Students who have successfully completed ENGG3440 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC3410.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design internal model controllers.

2. Tune controllers for optimal performance.

3. Identify noise models from experimental data.

4. Design state feedback controllers and associated observers.

5. Design optimal controllers by minimising quadratic costs.

6. Incorporate application driven linear constraints in optimal control design.

7. Implement the designed controllers in practical applications.


  • Review of Classical Control and Modelling 
  • Internal Model Control design procedure for SISO systems; (Q parameterisation, relationship to state feedback) with implications for PID, Smith predictors; and extensions to unstable plants. 
  • State Space models, and systems theory (controllability, observability, stability, minimal realisations) 
  • State feedback control
  • Linear observers
  • LQ Control 
  • Gaussian noise and density
  • Introduction to estimation with special cases (LS, Kalman filter)
  • Separation principle and LQG
  • Linear MPC


If you have previously completed ELEC4410 or ENGG3440 or ENGG6440, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ENGG2440 Modelling and Control.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Written Assignment: Lab Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 3


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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