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1. The Excitement of Control Engineering

1.5 System Integration

As is evident from the above discussion, success in control engineering depends on taking a holistic viewpoint. The issues that are embodied in a typical control design include the following:

  • plant--i.e., the process to be controlled;
  • objectives;
  • sensors;
  • actuators;
  • communications;
  • computing;
  • architectures and interfacing;
  • algorithms;
  • accounting for disturbances and uncertainty.

These issues are briefly discussed below.