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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND MECHATRONICS

Course Unit Code: 604II

Level of course unit

Second Cycle (Laurea magistrale) Degree Programme in Embedded Computing systems

Year of study

First year

Semester when the course is delivered

Annual

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 12

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Carlo alberto Avizzano
Email: c.avizzano@sssup.it

Prof.: Lorenzo Pollini
Email: lorenzo.pollini@unipi.it

Language of instruction

English

General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who completes the course successfully will be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the basic control theories for digital systems and will be able to understand electronic circuits and design the related control software for the control of mechanical systems. He/she will acquire knowledge of physical modeling problems and of the typical architectures for the control of electro-mechanical systems.

Course contents

The course provides notion of the mathematical theories of modelling and
control both in the case of continuous time control systems and of
digital control. Theoretical lessons are complemented with test cases, and laboratory practices using computer-aided design software.
For what regards the Mechatronics approach, modelling techniques for elementary physical systems are described; moreover, input-output interfaces (sensors, drivers and actuators) are shown and a set of common electronics standards for data communication and signal conversion. Practical lessons will use a DSP processor platform and commercial electronics. Laboratory lessons also introduce to the use of instruments for diagnosis and debug

Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study

Prerequisites

For this course the prerequisite/s is/are

Co-requisites

None.

Prerequisite for

None.

Mode of delivery

Delivery

face to face

Attendance

Advised

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

Bibliography will be indicated during the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Further information

The student can choose between two types of final evaluation test. Type 1: Laboratory practical, Computer assisted, mechatronics design and control test, accompained with a final oral exam. Type 2: Final project work involving the design and development of a practical mechatronic system. The project to be completed in autonomy by the student, with an associated report to be discussed in an oral test together with the demonstration of the project work results.

Assessment criteria

In the written exam, the student must demonstrate his/her knowledge of the course material and to organise an effective and correctly written reply. During the oral exam the student must be able to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the course material and be able to discuss the reading matter thoughtfully and with propriety of expression. The student must demonstrate the ability to put into practice and to execute, with critical awareness, the activities illustrated or carried out under the guidance of the teacher during the course.

Work placement

No

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