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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute

Digital Automation

Professor Balemi Silvano
Course program MSc
Year 1
Semester Spring
Category Fundamental
Academic year 2016/2017

Course synopsis

A CPS interacts with the environment and with other CPS in order to accomplish higher goals. Such goals may require a suitable real-time behavior with the acquisition and processing of signals and the real-time computation and transmission of information and/or the application of the necessary actuations.
The objective of the course is to educate CPS and embedded engineers to work in interdisciplinary teams in which they are faced with control engineering and automation issues.
The students learn how to understand the issues connecting together sensing, actuation, communication and control design, to communicate with control engineers and to master the tools and methods necessary to implement a CPS.


  • Review of mathematical tools and continuous-time models
  • Discrete-time signals and sampled systems
  • Digital Control and signal estimation (on-line optimization, Kalman filters)
  • Quantization and ranges: sources, propagation; scaling and sample rate selection
  • Practical implementation issues in embedded systems
  • Control of hybrid systems
  • Fault diagnosis and faul-tolerant control
  • Inter-system communication, Real-time field buses
  • Rapid control prototyping and Hardware in the loop methods
  • Laboratory implementation of an embedded controller for a mechatronic system


Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, Gene F. Franklin, J. David Powell and Michael L. Workman Computer-Controlled Systems: Theory and Design, 3rd Edition, Dover Books on Electrical Engineering,  Karl Aaström and Björn Wittenmark The Control Handbook, CRC Press, William S. Levin