Systems Theory and Automatic Control

Optimal Control


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Findeisen
Room G07-202
Tel: 0391 67 18708


M.Sc. Bruno Morabito
Room G07-205
0391 67 58019

M.Sc. Christian Kallies
Room G07-207
0391 67 52430

M.Sc. Mohamed Ibrahim
Room G07-205
0391 67 57121

Time and Place

Wednesday, 17:00-18:30 G03-106 Lecture/Exercise
Thursday, 11:00-13:00 G02-109 Lecture/Exercise

Detailed information about the exercise schedule will be given during the lecture. Please, check the course webpage for updates.


Students attending the course are recommended to have attended lectures on static optimization and fundamentals of control theory.

Program of the Course

The following topic will be covered:

  • Application examples from various fields such as chemical engineering, economics, aeronautics and robotics.
  • Dynamic programming, principle of optimality, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, variational calculus, Pontryagin maximum principle.
  • Infinite and finite horizon optimal control, LQ optimal control
  • Numerical algorithms for the solution of optimal control problems.
  • Model predictive control.
  • Embedded Optimization.

Exam Information

The exam will be written. The questions will be in English, although students are allowed to write either in English or German. 4 pages (2 sheets) of own handwritten formular are allowed. NO electronic tools admitted (no calculators, no smartphones etc.) .

Additional Information

Recommended bibliography: Check the slides of the first lecture.


  • Exam: Tue 19. Feb. 2019 10:00-12:00, G05-HS4