• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Ian Petersen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking

Optimisation and Control is the study of operation and decision-making over networks. The knowledge and tools in this course can be used in various engineering domains such as communication networks, robotics, smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, biomedical engineering, and financial markets. The emphasis of this course will be on basic continuous statespace optimization theories, dynamic programming principles, linear quadratic optimal control, constrained optimal control and receding horizon control.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Address systematically, optimization problems in engineering and in particular continuous state-space convex programming.
  2. Apply and critically evaluate numerical methods to solve complex optimization problems.
  3. Model and analyse network flow problems and apply dynamic programming principles to solve shortest path problems.
  4. Define the importance of optimality in feedback control design and derive solutions to linear quadratic optimal control.
  5. Design and implement receding horizon controllers based on constrained optimal control.

Work Integrated Learning


In this course, you will undertake a design project. The knowledge and tools in this course can be used in various engineering domains such as communication networks, robotics, smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, biomedical engineering, and financial market.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Computer Labs (5) [LO 2]
  2. Hardware Labs (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Tutorial Assignments (20) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Design Project (20) [LO 2,3,5]
  5. Final Exam (45) [LO 1,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours in total over the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ENGN2228 and at least one of : MATH1013, MATH1014, MATH1115 or MATH1116.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Calculus - Integration and techniques of integration. Functions of several variables - visualisation, continuity, partial derivatives and directional derivatives.

Linear Algebra - theory and application of Euclidean vector spaces. Vector spaces: linear independence, bases and dimension; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; orthogonality and least squares.



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9168 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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