Course Syllabus for

Distributed Control
Distribuerad reglering

FRT100F, 6 credits

Valid from: Spring 2014
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2014-03-11

General Information

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


Classical control theory is usually assuming that all measurements are processed together for decisions about control action. In large scale systems, such as electrical power networks and data transmission networks, this is not realistic. This course aims to teach control theory that is applicable in such situations.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must know the main theoretical results of each lecture and understand the main arguments of the proofs.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to use available theory and solve concrete problems in analysis and synthesis of distributed controllers

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must understand pros and cons of distributed control compared to a centralized approach.

Course Contents

Fixed modes, team theory, Witsenhausen’s counterexample, partial nestedness, quadratic invariance, control with information delays, dual decomposition, saddle algorithm, distributed MPC, spatially invariant systems, positive systems, consensus algorithms.

Course Literature

Journal papers

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants. Solutions to 80% of the exercises must be handed in.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: knowledge corresponding to FRTN10 Multivariable Control

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinators:

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