Networked Control Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students who complete the module: have implemented a controller for a system with multiple inputs and outputs involving the use of a network. One aim is that the student should be able to design and analyse commonly used networks and protocols with focus on their real time properties. A second aim is that the student is able to design and implement classical solutions for multivariable control along with modern state space solutions including state feedback and feedback from observed states. Special attention is given to the implication of timing and timing variations in the network on the control behavior

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about common control structures
  • Must have knowledge about common communication standards, protocols and network topologies
  • Must be able to understand network system models
  • Must understand the scientific communication processes related to conference presentations and related to publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Must know how to organize a scientific publication


  • Must be able to implement a control system using a selected network standard and analyse timing properties relevant for the control system behavior
  • Must be able to design and implement classic and modern controllers for a multivariable system and analyse closed loop properties like pole placement, disturbance rejection and reference following.
  • Can explain the process of and criteria for peer reviewed scientific communications
  • Can write a paper for a scientific conference/journal
  • Can prepare and give an oral and poster presentation for a scientific conference


  • Must have competencies in analysis and design of control of systems in state space formulation including state feedback and observer design.
  • Must have competencies in design and implementation of distributed real time systems and real time requirements for control systems
  • Must be able to reas and understand selected scientific literature and then apply the theories, methods, and/or tools in order to solve a problem
  • Must be able to present the problem, the suggested solution(s), experiments and simulation results, as well as the overall conclusion in terms of a scientific paper and a poster
  • Must be able to present orally the main contribution and conclusion of the work in terms of a 15 minutes conference presentation
  • Are able to judge and prioritize the validity of various sources of scientific information
  • Can apply internationally recognized principles for acknowledging and citing work of others properly
  • Can formulate and explain scientific hypotheses and results achieved through scientific work
  • Are able to analyze results and draw conclusions on a scientific basis

Type of instruction

As described in § 17.



Name of examNetworked Control Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleNetværksbaserede kontrolsystemer
Module codeESNCAK1P2
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Control and Automation)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design