Optimal Control

WS 2020/21

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. C. Ebenbauer
Scope: 3V/1U
Credits: 6

General Information


The course is intended to students having visited Systemdynamische Grundlagen der Regelungstechnik/ Einführung in die Regelungstechnik lectures.

Time and place (3h lecture + 1h exercise)

Monday 14:00-15:30, Online, ILIAS
Friday 14:00-15:30,Online, ILIAS
First lecture: 2.11.2020


In many practical control problems it is desired to optimize a given cost functional while satisfying constraints involving dynamical systems. These kind of problems typically fall into the area of optimal control, a centerpiece of modern control theory. This course gives an introduction to the theory and application of optimal control for linear and nonlinear systems. Topics covered in the course are:

  • Nonlinear programming approach
  • Dynamic programming
  • Model predictive control
  • Pontryagin maximum principle
  • Applications


  • The course is given in English.
  • Additional information, exercises and further course material is avaible on the ILIAS-page of the course.


  • The exam will be a written test.
  • The duration of the exam is 90 minutes.
  • Documents (lecture notes, booksetc.) as well as electronic devices are NOT allowed
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