Trends and Perspective of Researches on Control System Theory

  • Masami Ito
Conference paper


Control system engineering is a “concept-orientated” discipline. The aim of control system engineering is to construct a theoretical framework by abstracting the concept of “control” existed in biological and physical systems. Several theoretical concepts of control have been evolved, typified by “feedback control”. The theory of linear feedback control based on transfer functions reached maturity in the 1940’s. In the 1960’s, we saw the introduction of modem control theory which relies on the foundation of state space methods. This leads to the rapid appearance and development of the pole assignment principle, observer theory, optimal regulator, Kalman filter, the internal model principle, and their extension to multiple-input/multiple-output systems. In the 1980’s, design theory returned to frequency response methods and robust control theories based on H∞ norm were developed.


Feedback Control Gait Pattern Feedback Control System Adaptive Control System Control System Engineering 


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© Springer Japan 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masami Ito
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  1. 1.Bio-Mimetic Control Research CenterThe Inst. of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)Nagoya456Japan

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