Teaching Control Design with MATLAB

Event Type Start Time End Time
Webinar 19 May 2021 - 7:00 AM EDT 19 May 2021 - 8:00 AM EDT


Keeping students engaged in an online mode of learning can prove to be difficult. In this webinar, MathWorks engineers will discuss some common challenges in teaching Control Systems in foundational university courses, and share some best practices on teaching key concepts such as:

  • What are Transfer Functions and why do we use them? 
  • Why use Frequency-domain plots and what do they mean?
  • How to create block diagrams?
  • What is a PID Controller, and how do we tune one?

We will also share classroom-ready resources that can be immediately deployed in your course.


You will learn about approaches and resources to teaching:

  • Frequency-domain and time-domain plots of Transfer Functions
  • Simulate and linearize a model of a physical system
  • Design, tune and validate a control loop

Who Should Attend

Teaching staff and students interested in teaching Controls in a university course.


After the webinar all registered participants will receive jump starter packages containing the resources presented during the session. These include the slides, examples and additional educational resources. We encourage you to try these examples. The following week we will hold a feedback session where we will cover additional technical demonstrations and answer any questions you might have.

By registering for the webinar, we will automatically reserve a place for you at the office hour session on May 26 at 1:00 PM CEST/4:30 PM IST.

About the Presenters

Dr. Dhruv Chandel is an Engineer with the Education Team at MathWorks, based out of New Delhi. He works with universities across India to support the adoption of Computational Thinking and Model-Based Design in teaching and research. Dhruv has over seven years of experience in multidomain Modelling & Simulation, Control Systems Design, Artificial Intelligence and Embedded Programming. He earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, UK.

Lama Itani is an Engineer with the Education Team at MathWorks, based out of Paris. She supports educators and researchers with their curriculum and research projects. Lama has a PhD in Applied Optical Diagnostics from CentraleSupelec. Before joining MathWorks, she worked on industrial projects related to engine calibration and control.

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