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TEK5170 – Optimal and predictive control

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Course content

The course deals with the formulation of optimal control problems for linear and nonlinear systems, as well as analysis and synthesis of optimal controllers.
We will also go through the model-predictive control framework and its applications.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • solve linear quadratic regulator problems
  • formulate dynamical optimization problems subject to constraints
  • use numerical optimization and model predictive toolboxes
  • apply optimal and predictive control techniques to process control and autonomous robots


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge about control systems.


Total number of hours: 40 (mostly lectures, with a few possibly devoted to labs). 
Assignments: 3 compulsory assignments, of which 2 must be approved before the exam, valid for one year after approval.
Attendance at the first lecture is encouraged but not mandatory.


A final, oral exam will count for 100 % of the final grade. In case of many students, a written exam may be held instead.

The course has mandatory assignments that must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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