Conference article

DrControl — An Interactive Course Material for Teaching Control Engineering

Mohsen Torabzadeh-Tari
PELAB – Programming Environment Lab, Dept. Computer Science, Linköping University, Sweden

Martin Sjölund
PELAB – Programming Environment Lab, Dept. Computer Science, Linköping University, Sweden

Adrian Pop
PELAB – Programming Environment Lab, Dept. Computer Science, Linköping University, Sweden

Peter Fritzson
PELAB – Programming Environment Lab, Dept. Computer Science, Linköping University, Sweden

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Published in: Proceedings of the 8th International Modelica Conference; March 20th-22nd; Technical Univeristy; Dresden; Germany

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 63:91, s. 801-811

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Published: 2011-06-30

ISBN: 978-91-7393-096-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

In this paper we present an interactive course material called DrControl for teaching control theory concepts mixed together with exercises and example models in Modelica.

The active electronic notebook; OMNotebook; is the basis for the course material. This can be an alternative or complement compared to the traditional teaching method with lecturing and reading textbooks. Experience shows that using such an electronic book will lead to more engagement from the students. OMNotebook can contain interactive technical computations and text; as well as graphics. Hence it is a suitable tool for teaching; experimentation; simulation; scripting; model documentation; storage; etc.

Keywords

DrControl; DrModelica; modeling; simulation; OMNotebook; teaching; interactive; Control

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