Control Laboratory

  Representation of different experiments of Automatic Control Copyright: © IRT

In numerous fields of daily life and within industrial processes automation of technical systems intends relieving humans or to increase productivity. Automatic control systems are an essential part of modern automation solutions. Although of their great potentials for various applications, automatic control theory has a reputation of being very theoretical und mathematical. Therefor the Lab of Automatic Control focuses on the practical application of automatic control methods.


The Lab of Automatic Control was previously only offered in the summer semester. With funding from QV funds, it is now possible to deviate from the lab even in the winter semester. In doing so, we are reacting together with the students to the great encouragement of the lab, which unfortunately meant that many interested persons could not get a place in the past.


Information on RWTHmoodle Course Rooms

Registration for the RWTHmoodle course rooms is usually performed by the students themselves, starting from the lecture site in the RWTHonline system. If you have trouble registering or you need a late registration, please contact your respective advisor.



The Lab of Automatic Control addresses students who want to apply and deepen their knowledge obtained from preceding automatic control lectures. For selected demonstrators of typical processes, the entire control design process chain will be stepped through using MATLAB/Simulink – beginning with system identification and modelling, the analysis of the plant up to controller design and implementation as well as simulation and final validation in real operation.



Xu Chen


+49 241 80-27486




  • Introduction to MATLAB/Simulink
  • Structure and components of real automatic control systems
  • Modeling, linear and non-linear
  • Experimental system identification
  • Control algorithm design, for example PID-controller, state controller, non-linear controller
  • Tools for automatic control in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Validation of control systems at selected exhibits


  • lecture of automatic control, or similar


Registration via RWTHonline on the event page of the Lab of Automatic Control.



Please check the announcements for the dates. All documents will be provided at the RWTHmoodle.