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What is Control Theory and Where to Learn?

Control Theory is the mathematical framework that gives tools to develop autonomous systems. In this article, I want to share ways to learn control theory.

Control Theory is used everywhere from Drones, Autonomous cars, and Aviation to Rocket science. The Control system design part is very important in industrial automation.

As an instrumentation and automation engineer having control theory knowledge gives you a huge advantage in your career and professional level.

Based on my experience I want to share with you some of the resources that might help you to learn about control theory.

Resources to Learn Control Theory

1. Youtube Channel

I refer to these YouTube channels for the last four to five years. Below-listed channels will become very informative for you to learn control system engineering.

And one interesting fact is that all credit goes to Brian Douglas. Mr. Brian Runs his own channel and also collaborated with MATLAB and did one video series Called Matlab Tech Talk.

And I personally recommend the Matlab Tech Talk video series that is already available on the MATLAB youtube channel.

>> Brian Douglas

Brian Douglas

Topics to Learn

  • Discrete Control
  • Classical Control Theory
  • Control system design
  • Control system design real-life example
  • PID Control
  • Root Locus
  • Bode Plot
  • Laplace and Fourier Transform
  • RH Criteria

Youtube Channel Link


MATLAB Tech Talk

Topics to Learn

  • Discrete Control
  • Classical Control Theory
  • Systems Engineering
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Robust Control
  • Linearization
  • PID Control
  • Control System Practices

Youtube Channel Link

2. Books

1. Control System Advanced Methods

This book is a one-control system handbook in the market. The author of this book is a very knowledgeable person in the control system field. This book covers all advanced control strategies and their implementation.

Cover page control system advanced methods

About Author: William S. Levine

About Press: – CRC Press

Page count: -1711

2. Basic Fundamental Book for control system

I recommend these two books for learning the basics of the control system.

  • Control system engineering By Norman S. Nise

About Publisher: – WILEY

  • Modern Control System by Richard C. Dorf and Robert H. bishop

About Publisher: -PEARSON

Other references that were shared by Mr. Brian are also quite interesting for the improvement of knowledge.


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