Multi Variable Control


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in classical control theory and state space control.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained an in-depth understanding of basic aspects of multivariable control design, the ap-proaches, the key quantities to consider and the fundamental limitations inherent in the design
  • Be able to, on a scientific basis, to understand and apply advanced model based control design tools
  • Be able to document understanding of multivariable systems (multiple inputs and multiple outputs MIMO)


  • Be able to understand the fundamental performance limitations of single input and single output (SISO) systems
  • Be able to represent linear systems in different ways: Transfer functions matrices, input-output equa-tions, state space form, etc.
  • Be able to understand what disturbances are, and to describe their character in a suitable way
  • Be able to set up design specifications for MIMO systems
  • Be able to understand basic limitations in control design
  • Be able to set up the configuration of multivariable controllers
  • Be able to design linear multivariable controllers



  • Be able to undertake analysis, design and implementation of advanced multivariable control systems where experience and intuition play a very important role

Type of instruction

The form(s) of teaching will be determined and described in connection with the planning of the semester. The description will account for the form(s) of teaching and maybe accompanied by an elaboration of the roles of the participants. The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following types of instruction that combine skills and reflection: 

  • lectures
  • project work
  • workshops
  • exercises (individually and in groups)
  • teacher feedback
  • reflection
  • portfolio work
  • study circle
  • self-study
  • and appliation of e-learning activities

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examMulti Variable Control
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
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 titleMultivariabel regulering
Module codeN-EE-K2-11A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science