Applied Control Systems 1: autonomous cars: Math + PID + MPC


Modeling + state space systems + PID + Model Predictive Control + Python simulation: lateral control for autonomous cars


  • Basic Calculus: Functions, Derivatives, Integrals
  • Vector-Matrix multiplication


The world is changing! The technology is changing! The advent of automation in our societies is spreading faster than anyone could have anticipated. At the forefront of our technological progress is autonomy in systems. Self driving cars and other autonomous vehicles are likely to be part of our every day lives. How would you like to understand and be able design these autonomous vehicles? How would you like to understand Mathematics behind it?

Welcome! In this course, you will be exposed to one of the most POWERFUL techniques there are, that are able to guide and control systems precisely and reliably.

You are going to DESIGN, MASTER and APPLY:

  • mathematical models in the form of state-space systems and equations of motion
  • a PID controller to a simple magnetic train that needs to catch objects that randomly fall from the sky
  • a Model Predictive Controller (MPC) to an autonomous car in a simple lane changing maneuver on a straight road at a constant forward speed.

You will LEARN the fundamentals and the logic of Modelling, PID and MPC that will allow you to apply it to other systems you might encounter in the future.

You need 3 things when solving an Engineering problem: INTUITION, MATHEMATICS, CODING! You can’t choose – you really need them all. After this course, you will master Modelling, PID and MPC in all these 3 ways. That’s a promise!

I’m very excited to have you in my course and I can’t wait to teach you what I know.

Let’s get started!

Who this course is for:

  • Science and Engineering students
  • Working Scientists and Engineers
  • Control Engineering enthusiasts

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