Course Syllabus for

History of Control
Reglerteknikens historia

FRT135F, 3 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: Rektor/Viktor Öwall
Date of establishment: 2016-09-27

General Information

Division: Automatic Control
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to give a detailed expose of the history of automatic control, both in academia and in industry. The course gives an understanding of how ideas develop, how fads come and go, and how research communities emerge. It gives historical and societal perspectives on the PhD program in automatic control and is also useful for teaching.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must conduct and orally present a historical study of his/her own within a subtopic of automatic control.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must have perspectives on how ideas and trends develop within a research area

Course Contents

The course contains ten lectures: Introduction. Governers and stability theory. Process control. The feedback amplifier. Harry Nyquist. Control emerges. The second wave. Automatic control in Sweden. Automatic control in Lund. The future.

Course Literature

Lecture slides and video lectures by Karl Johan Åström. Selected review papers.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars. The course is arranged as a study circle with ten scheduled meetings consisting of a lecture (video or "live") and a discussion session led by a PhD student. At a final seminar the PhD student presents his/her own historical study.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Seminars given by participants, miscellaneous. A passing grade requires attendence (80%) and active participation in the seminars and a final oral presentation.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

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