System Identification 2018

Lecturer: Lucian Busoniu, TA: Zoltan Nagy

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About this course

The course introduces nonparametric methods for system identification, as well as parametric methods including prediction error and instrumental variables techniques. Completing the control engineer's identification toolbox, input signals, online recursive methods, and model validation are also discussed. The material is described at an appropriate BSc level, and builds in a self-contained manner the required mathematical background. The course is based on the book System Identification by Soderstrom and Stoica.

This course is part of the Bachelor program of the Automation Department, UTCluj (3rd year 1st semester). Prerequisites: linear dynamical systems and linear algebra. The lecturer is Lucian Busoniu, while Zoltan Nagy teaches the lab classes for the English line.

Evaluation rules


The final grade will be a rounded, weighted average of all the evaluations per the percentages above, capped to 10. Note that each student can accumulate up to 110%x10 = 11 points; the extra point should make it easier to get a good grade.

The lab solutions, the two lab tests, and a project solution are all required before being admitted to the exam. The lab solutions are validated by the TA during the lab. It is therefore not enough to be present at the lab in order to validate it; a working, original solution must be developed during the lab. At most two labs can be recovered at the end of the semester; hence, accumulating three or more missing labs means you can no longer become eligibile for the exam during the current year. More details about each component (labs, lab tests, project evaluation) will be found at the appropriate places in their separate descriptions below. You can find your current status here.


Dates and locations:

Due to interdependencies between lectures, labs, and project classes, as well as other reasons such as national holidays, the actual schedule is slightly different from the official one. For instance, during the test weeks, we will need to use some project slots for the test as well, so that everyone has time to take the test. Please look at the schedule carefully to determine exactly when you should be in class.

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Everything takes place in the room and time slot indicated in the official schedule, so you don't need to worry about changes there.

Course material

The lecture slides are mandatory reading; they will be written down in detail to give a self-contained, complete picture of the topics. They are made available here in time for each lecture.

In addition to the slides, followers may optionally consult the following books:


Lab tests

To be detailed closer to the test.


See the project description (PDF) for the topic, rules, and deadlines. Please read it carefully. A detailed description of the linear regression method needed in the first part of the project can be found in last year's lecture; this year we talk about it in lecture 3.


Comments, suggestions, questions etc. related to this course or website are welcome; please contact either the lecturer or the TA at the addresses below (given as images for spambot protection).
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