History of the Control Systems Group

The Control Systems (CS) Group was founded in 1966 as a research centre for multidisciplinary research in control systems. Over the years, the CS has grown as the application of control has grown, and researchers in the CS have been among the pioneers in control systems research and have made a range of important contributions to the subject. Particular areas where the CS has played a ground breaking role are the areas of:

  • CAD for control system design
  • multivariable control
  • adaptive control
  • system modelling and identification
  • diagnostic systems
  • systems theory
  • nonlinear control
  • uncertain systems
  • vision systems

This is borne out by the many distinctions, awards and prizes to Control Systems Centre staff and researchers over its long history, and the numerous books and publications written by CS researchers and staff.

Although we are proud of our research contributions, the most important output of the Control Systems Group is people, and over the years we have been privileged to have many, many talented research students study with us. Our students come from all over the world and it is a particular source of pride that many of our ex-students now occupy important scientific or industrial jobs in their home countries

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