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Control Systems Engineering or Automatic Control is the engineering discipline that applies mathematics, physics and technology to design ″smart″ machines to control automatically physical systems, without the need of human inputs.

We use sensors to measure the output performance of the physical system being controlled, feedback mechanisms, actuators, computers, mathematics, physics and technology.

Control engineering is multi-disciplinary in nature. The system to be design and controlled can be mechanical, electrical, thermal, aero/fluid-dynamical, chemical, financial and even biological.

Moreover, Control engineering is not only about the design of these ″smart″ machines -controllers-. It is also about the design of the entire engineering system. Let me explain this important idea more in detail in the following paragraphs.

Control Engineering plays a primary and central role in the design and development of new challenging engineering systems. Bridging the gap between advanced control theories and engineering applications is the key factor to achieve breakthrough and transformational ideas in many engineering fields, particularly in energy innovation, sustainability, water quality, environment, space and industrial applications.

Far from the classical way of working, where each engineering team (mechanical, aerodynamic, electrical, electronics and control engineers) works independently, merging all the components of the design at a very late stage, we propose a new way of thinking, where the engineering teams work together in a simultaneous and concurrent manner from the very beginning.

This integrated view of the design (concurrent engineering) requires that control engineers play a central role (leadership) from the very beginning of the project, applying control concepts to understand the interactions of the subsystems in the entire system, and coordinating the different disciplines (multidisciplinary engineering) to achieve a better system′s dynamics, controllability and optimum design.

With this philosophy, the Control and Energy Systems Center (CESC) looks for new transformational research and engineering breakthroughs in control systems theory and advanced engineering applications to build a better world, improving our industry, economy, energy, environment, water resources and society, all with sustainability and within an international collaboration framework.

Prof. Mario Garcia-Sanz
Director, Control & Energy Systems Center (CESC)
The Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation

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