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Control Theory and Applications

The CTAC (Control Theory and Applications Centre) is an interdisciplinary research centre at Coventry University which has over 25 years of experience and has earned a reputation for solving real problems across a wide range of industrial sectors.

Control systems are a naturally occurring phenomena arising in abundance and have shaped the natural-world. In the technological world, control engineering is used to create man-made control systems which are implemented to bring about a desired change in system behaviour.

Control theory is a branch of engineering and mathematics that deals with gaining an abstract understanding of the behaviour of dynamic systems, upon which a control system is designed to achieve some predefined performance specification, eg to enhance system stability.

The CTAC has an established track record of working closely with industrial manufacturing companies, as well as in the area of new/improved product development. This is particularly the case, but not limited to, working with the automotive industry, where control engineering has been deployed in the manufacturing process as well as systems on-board the vehicle. 

The work of the CTAC is currently focused on three complementary applied research themes, each with a designated co-ordinator and a team of staff able to work effectively with industry and other clients. The three themes are:

  • Industrial Systems;
  • Transportation Systems;
  • Medical Technologies.

Supporting the applied thematic strands are the cross-cutting underpinning theoretical topics:

  • Adaptive Control, Fault Detection and Condition Monitoring;
  • Artificial Intelligence and Heuristic Methods;
  • Robust Control System Theory and Design;
  • Systems Modelling, Identification and Optimal Filtering.

 

Please contact us for further details on the Control Theory and Applications Centre.

Control Theory and Applications Centre (CTAC)
The Future Institute
10 Coventry University Technology Park
Cheetah Road
Coventry
CV1 2TL

Reception tel: +44 (0) 2477 655757

Professor Keith Burnham
Director, Control Theory and Applications Centre
Professor of Industrial Control Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 2477 659196
Email: k.burnham@coventry.ac.uk or ctac@coventry.ac.uk

Professor Dobrila Petrovic
Professor of Optimisation and Control
Tel: +44 (0) 2477 659181
Email: d.petrovic@coventry.ac.uk

Dr Olivier Haas
Reader in Applied Control Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 2477 659189
Email: o.hass@coventry.ac.uk