Automatic Control is the study of dynamic system feedback and automation. The mathematical principles and methods governing different processes are studied and developed. The subject forms the foundation for all forms of automation. Applications can be found in all fields of engineering science where feedback is used, as well as in economics and biology, for example.
Research is both theoretical and applied. Theoretical research deals with designing control systems for specific purposes, with the aid of mathematical models, such that the systems are immune to disturbances and adjust automatically when conditions change. Researchers are also studying how computers can be used to construct the required systems.
Examples of applied research are the control of car engines, power systems, biotechnical processes and robot control. Courses are given for almost all the programmes at LTH. The department has about 35 employees.
Keywords: feedback, mathematical modelling, optimization, real-time systems