Teaching Predictive Control Using Specification-based Summative Assessments

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Title: Teaching Predictive Control Using Specification-based Summative Assessments
Authors: McInerney, I
Kerrigan, EC
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Including Model Predictive Control (MPC) in the undergraduate/graduate control curriculum is becoming vitally important due to the growing adoption of MPC in many industrial areas. In this paper, we present an overview of the predictive control course taught by the authors at Imperial College London between 2018 and 2021. We discuss how the course evolved from focusing solely on the linear MPC formulation to covering nonlinear MPC and some of its extensions. We also present a novel specification-based summative assessment framework, written in MATLAB, that was developed to assess the knowledge and understanding of the students in the course by tasking them with designing a controller for a real-world problem. The MATLAB assessment framework was designed to provide the students with the freedom to design and implement any MPC controller they wanted. The submitted controllers were then assessed against over 30 variations of the real-world problem to gauge student understanding of design robustness and the MPC topics from the course.
Date of Acceptance: 22-Mar-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/96663
ISSN: 2405-8963
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal / Book Title: IFAC-PapersOnLine
Copyright Statement: This paper is embargoed until publication.
Conference Name: 13th Symposium on Advances in Control Education
Keywords: math.OC
Publication Status: Accepted
Start Date: 2022-07-24
Finish Date: 2022-07-27
Conference Place: Hamburg Bergedorf, Germany
Embargo Date: This item is embargoed until publication
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