This course is discontinued

TEK9170 – Optimal and predictive control

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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
  • understand dynamic programming framework, as well as pass on this knowledge to other students with a basic knowledge in the subject

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Basic knowledge about control systems.

Overlapping courses


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. For PhD students the oral exam includes a subject lecture (1 hour approximately).

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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 12:16:17 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2019


Examination is last held spring 2021

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