Feedback and Control for Everyone

  • Pedro Albertos
  • Iven Mareels

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 3-27
  3. Analogies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 31-49
  4. Illustrating Feedback and Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 53-84
  5. Signal Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 87-112
  6. Systems and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 115-147
  7. Stability, Sensitivity and Robustness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 151-178
  8. Feedback

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 181-199
  9. The Control Subsystem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 203-224
  10. Control Subsystem Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 227-245
  11. Control Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 249-274
  12. Control Benefits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 277-287
  13. A Look at the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Pedro Albertos, Iven Mareels
      Pages 291-306
  14. Back Matter

About this book


This well structured, intriguing and motivating book presents the basic ideas and understanding of control, signals and systems for readers interested in engineering and science. Through a series of examples that are regularly revisited from different perspectives, the book explores both the theory and the practice of control."Feedback and Control for Everyone" is indeed intended for everyone, but more specifically everyone interested in getting a feel for the role control and feedback play in our environment. Control and feedback are pervasive and are literally found everywhere in our engineered or biological environment.

The book focuses on the main ideas and opens the scientific mind to feedback, control and systems dynamics. The exposition of ideas does not assume any mathematical knowledge beyond what typically is taught at an intermediate mathematics level at high school. Appealing to examples and intuition, the authors guide the reader to the essential ingredients to describe, analyze and synthesize successfully feedback. Each chapter ends with comments and references that enable the interested reader to explore the exposed subject material in a deeper manner.

"Feedback and Control for Everyone" is written for:

* understanding basic concepts on systems dynamics and control

* realizing the strong connection between technical and human/social dynamics

* motivating further reading and study about control systems

* showing the power of abstraction to infer properties of complex systems based on simplified mathematical models

* emphasizing the interplay between communication, computers and control in this Digital Era

* creating bridges among different sciences and technologies such as engineering, physics, biology, biochemistry, or systems dynamics.

Credits: the Cover Illustration and Heading chapters were designed by Arturo Mora (


Control Control Design Control Implementation Feedback Signal Signals and Systems analog calculus communication complex system complex systems computer design mathematics stability

Authors and affiliations

  • Pedro Albertos
    • 1
  • Iven Mareels
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Systems Engineering and ControlUniversity Politecnica Valencia ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Melbourne School of EngineeringThe University of Melbourne MelbourneAustralia

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