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WS 2017/18 Introduction to Adaptive Control (2V)


Dr.-Ing. Dieter Schwarzmann, M.Sc.
Domain Responsible Software & Control Systems
Robert Bosch GmbH


Karsten Kuritz



Time and Place

Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15 V 9.31

First Lecture: October 18, 2017

Changed date: Wed 6.12.    ->  Tue 5.12. 15:45 - 17:15, in V 9.41 V 9 2.268

Changed date: Wed 24.1.    ->  Thu 1.2. 15:45 - 17:15, in V 9.32

Course description

Adaptive Control deals with the control of systems with unknown parameters. This is done by learning the controller parameters online and ensuring a stable operation of the closed-loop system. An adaptive controller, essentially, is a nonlinear controller that turns into a linear controller (for linear systems) once learning has finished.

This lecture aims at introducing the theory and practice, abilities and limitations of the mainstream adaptive control concept, namely "Direct Model-Reference Adaptive Control" in continuous-time. This method is widely used e.g. in flight control of modern aircrafts. We will talk about other approaches and adaptive control of nonlinear systems, but focus on the understanding of the above, in theory and practice.

The learning goals are how and why an adaptive controller works, when to use it, when not, how to improve it, and some robustness extensions.

The course is intended for (Master) students having visited ERT and KRT or equivalent lectures. Advanced control courses, such as Nonlinear Control or Robust Control, will be helpful.

The course is given in English.

Course material

Registration for the course is provided through C@MPUS. After registration, course material such as lecture notes and exercises will be provided through the ILIAS platform.


Narendra and Annaswamy, Stable Adaptive Systems, Dover, 2005