Control Systems Laboratory


This laboratory houses 4 ECP model 220 Industrial Plant Emulators for studying the control of practical systems. These systems consist of an electromechanical apparatus including an adjustable mechanical mechanism (plant) with actuators and sensors. Various types of controllers (e.g. PID, State- Feedback, LQR) can be designed and implemented in either continuous or discrete time formulations using a DSP-based real-time controller with a Windows graphical interface. Non-ideal conditions that are often present in real-world applications can be studied. Integrated with the systems are MATLAB and SIMULINK design tools, which can be used to design control systems that can then be implemented in the hardware. Analytical models of both the “plant” and the “controller” can be validated with actual hardware responses.

Lab Info

Location: Photonics Building, Room 309
Faculty: Pisano
Managing Staff: Fortin, Goebel
Support: or 617-353-1244


EC402 Control Systems


  • 4 HP Z400 Workstations
  • Windows 7
  • 4GB Ram


  • Matlab/Simulink
  • Powerworld
  • Xilinx ISE Design Suite
  • MobaXterm
  • TI Code Composer Studio