Continuous Time Controller Design
This book covers theoretical methods for the design of continuous time controllers for linear multivariate systems. It is intended for use by those wishing to build on a first course in control systems, either to expand their knowledge as practising engineers or as postgraduate students doing higher degrees in control engineering.
Based on material used in graduate courses taught by Professor Balasubramanian at the University of New Brunswick, this book brings together state space and frequency domain design methods for linear multivariable systems. It compares their similarities and highlights the advantages or disadvantages of the various approaches for particular applications. Divided into eleven chapters this book covers in some depth: state space design methods, frequency domain methods for multivariable systems, characteristic locus desiqn methods and stochastic control problems.
About the Author
Ramachandran Balasubramanian was born in 1942 in Periakulam, Tamil Nadu, India. He had an outstanding academic career starting at the University of Madras where he passed the BE examination in Electrical Engineering with distinction, securing first rank. He was awarded a ME from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, specialising in control engineering, and a PhD in the same field from the University of New Brunswick in 1968. He joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of New Brunswick in 1969, and served as a full Professor from 1979 until his untimely death in the Air India plane crash in June 1985.
Professor Balasubramanian taught at the University of New Brunswick on control engineering post-graduate courses and also on power systems, communications and general systems theory. He published over 50 papers on various control engineering and power topics, although his major interests were in nonlinear multivariate and stochastic control.
He served as Director of Graduate Studies and Research in the Department of Electrical Engineering between 1978 and '81. His broad knowledge was also evident in his work as a consultant, in which position he advised on satellite altitude control to the Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, on power systems to the New Brunswick Power Commission and on myoelectric control to the Bio-engineering Institute of the University. In 1983 he delivered a series of lectures in the People's Republic of China. It was while preparing for these lectures that he felt the need for a text covering the topics of this book.