Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Adaptive and Intelligent Control

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Systems and Control Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit presents two different but complementary methodologies for analyzing and designing controllers which exhibit self-regulation or self-learning properties; namely Adaptive Control and Intelligent Control. These controllers can guarantee good levels of performance despite the presence of uncertain dynamics in the system being controlled. The uncertainty can be due to complexity or unpredictable variations in the system's physical structure and parameters. Intelligent Control methods can handle higher levels of uncertainty than Adaptive Controllers and make use of techniques derived from Computational Intelligence such as neural networks and fuzzy logic. These two types of controllers endow the system with characteristics that are normally attributed to human adaptability and intelligence, thereby leading to sophisticated and accurate levels of control.

Study-Unit Aims

The aims of this study-unit are to:

- distinguish between and motivate the use of Adaptive Control and Intelligent Control;
- present the two main approaches to Adaptive Control namely: Model Reference Adaptive Control and Self-tuning Control;
- address issues concerning robustness of adaptive controllers in the presence of disturbances and time-varying parameters;
- present applications of Adaptive Control and case studies;
- distinguish between functional uncertainty and parametric uncertainty and explain the levels of complexity which justify the use of Intelligent Control as opposed to classical control or Adaptive Control;
- present the three main approaches to Intelligent Control namely: neural network control, fuzzy logic control and genetic adaptive control;
- present applications of Intelligent Control and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- distinguish between non-adaptive, adaptive and intelligent control methodologies;
- recognize scenarios which require the use of Adaptive or Intelligent Control design;
- explain and distinguish between functional and parametric uncertainty, adaptation and learning;
- comprehend and select the appropriate adaptive or intelligent control design technique(s) to be applied when presented with a control problem whose plant is subject to unpredictable uncertainty.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- select, explain and design an appropriate controller when presented with a control scenario whose plant is subject to uncertainty and which needs to be controlled autonomously;
- design and implement the following Adaptive Controllers: Model Reference Adaptive Control, Self-tuning Control, Adaptive Predictive Control;
- design and implement the following Intelligent Controllers: Neural Network Control, Fuzzy Logic Control, Genetic Adaptive Control.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Texts:

- K. Astrom, B. Wittenmark, 2008. Adaptive Control (2nd ed), Dover Publications.
- K. Passino, 2004. Biomimicry for optimization, control and automation, Springer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Ind Study, Lecture, Practicum, Project & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 20%
Project SEM2 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%


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