Course Details

ELE 753 Adaptive Control
2021-2022 Fall term information

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
ADAPTIVE CONTROL ELE753 Any Semester/Year 3 0 3 10
Course languageTurkish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Problem Solving
Instructor (s)Department Faculty 
Course objectiveControl systems are usually designed by assuming that the system parameters are not changing. However, in many practical applications system parameters are not constant but changes with time and this affects the control performance adversely. Control systems that have the ability to sense the changes in the system parameters and to change itself accordingly in order to maintain a certain desired performance are called adaptive. In this course, the aim is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to be able to understand, analyze and design such systems.  
Learning outcomes
  1. A student completing the course successfully is expected to
  2. L.O.1. understand the nature of uncertainties affecting a system.
  3. L.O.2. be able to identify (to model) systems using experimental data.
  4. L.O.3. be able to decide whether an adaptive control is a good option for a given problem.
  5. L.O.4. be able to analyse and design adaptive control systems.
  6. L.O.5. have a suitable background to follow further studies in adaptive systems.
Course ContentSystem models. Parameter estimation: Least Squares method, Recursive Least Squares (RLS), Extended Recursive Least Squares (ERLS), parameter tracking, covariance blow-up, gradient methods. Model reference adaptive control: MIT and SPR rules. Self-tuning control: Model reference control, Minimum Variance (MV) method, Generalized Minimum Variance (GMV), Generalized Predictive Control (GPC).
Continuous-time Self-tuning control. Auto-tuning and gain scheduling. Stability, convergence and robustness.
References1. Astrom K.J. and Wittenmark B., Adaptive Control, 2nd Ed., Addison Wesley, 1995.
2. Wellstead P.E. and Zarrop M.B., Self-Tuning Systems, Wiley, 1991.
3. Narendra K.S. and Annaswamy A.M., Stable Adaptive Systems, Prentice Hall, 1989.
4. Sastry S. And Bodson M., Adaptive Control: Stability, Convergence, and Robustness, Prentice Hall, 1989.
5. Gawthrop P.J., Continuous-Time Self-Tuning Control, Research Studies Press, 1987.
6. Ljung L. And Söderström T., Theory and Practice of Recursive Identification, MIT Press, 1983.

Course outline weekly

Week 1An overview of adaptive systems, Model Reference Control and solution of Diophantine equation.
Week 2Model Reference Adaptive Control: Gradient approach and MIT rule.
Week 3Model Reference Adaptive Control: Stability, error and parameter convergence and modified adjustment rules.
Week 4Model Reference Adaptive Control based on stability theories and SPR rule.
Week 5Least Squares parameter estimation, Recursive Least Squares (RLS) and Extended Least Squares.
Week 6Tracking parameter changes, covariance resetting, random walk, forgetting factor approach, covariance blow-up, directional and variable forgetting factors. Gradient methods for parameter estimation.
Week 7Parameter estimation for continuous-time models and continuous-time least squares.
Week 8Self-tuning control: model reference method.
Week 9Self-tuning control: Minimum Variance (MV) and Generalized minimum Variance (GMV) method.
Week 10Midterm Exam
Week 11Self-tuning control: Generalized Predictive Control (GPC) method.
Week 12Continuous-time Self-tuning control.
Week 13Auto-tuning.
Week 14Gain scheduling.
Week 15Final exam.
Week 16Final exam.

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam140
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes060
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes040

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 13 3 39
Laboratory 0 0 0
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)149126
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment6848
Midterms (Study duration)12525
Final Exam (Study duration) 12525
Total Workload3570263

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. Has highest level of knowledge in certain areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.    X
2. Has knowledge, skills and and competence to develop novel approaches in science and technology.    X
3. Follows the scientific literature, and the developments in his/her field, critically analyze, synthesize, interpret and apply them effectively in his/her research.   X 
4. Can independently carry out all stages of a novel research project.   X 
5. Designs, plans and manages novel research projects; can lead multidisiplinary projects.   X 
6. Contributes to the science and technology literature.   X 
7. Can present his/her ideas and works in written and oral forms effectively; in Turkish or English. X   
8. Is aware of his/her social responsibilities, evaluates scientific and technological developments with impartiality and ethical responsibility and disseminates them.X    

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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