Modelling and Systemidentification

Lecture Modelling and Systemidentification

The aim of this course is to teach techniques of dynamic system modeling and system identification. These models are, for example, needed for the control of mechatronic systems or the state estimation and prediction of natural systems. Starting with static linear systems, we discuss dynamic system models in the time domain and frequency domain, both black-box as well as physical (white box) models. In addition, the main concepts of system identification and parameter estimation and basics about the numerical algorithms for the solution of optimization problems that occur are taught. The course consists of three to four lecture hours per week and one to two hours of exercises.
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Lecture Dates

The lecture takes place in the Winter Term 2014/ 15 at the Technical Faculty of the University of Freiburg in building No. 101, auditorium 00-026.
Period: 21 October 2014 - 4 February 2015

  • Tuesdays 8:00am to 10:00am (HS 00-026)
  • Wednesdays 8:00am to 10:00am (HS 00-026)

In order to obtain the total amount of only 48 lecture hours, the lecture will not take place on the following days (sometimes an optional exercise lecture is offered by R. Verschueren):

  • no lecture on November 12, 2014 (optional exercise lecture)
  • no lecture on November 19, 2014
  • no lecture on November 25, 2014 (optional exercise lecture)
  • no lecture on December 23, 2014
  • no lecture on January 6, 2015
  • no lecture on February 10, 2015
  • no lecture on February 11, 2015

Exam information

The final exam takes place on

17.03.2014 from 14:00 to 16:00 (90 minutes)


During the semester, three short multiple choice exams take place, on the following dates:

In order to be able to participate at the final exam, participants should have obtained at least 40 % of the total points of all three microexams.


Each Tuesday an exercise sheet is distributed, and the solutions can be returned by teams of 1, 2 or 3 people, on the next Tuesday. Exercise solutions can partially or completely be done in the computer pool during the exercise sessions. Participation in these sessions is voluntary. In order to be able to participate at the final exam, participants should have obtained at least 40 % of the total points of all 12 exercise sheets.

In addition to the lecture, tutorials are held at Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the IMTEK computer pool (074-00 023). The attendance is voluntary, and is highly recommended.


During the semester, a short script is written to serve for self study and exam preparation. The latest version will be found at this location. Another useful script gives background in Systems Theory but is in German.

We also recommend the following script by Prof. Dr. Johan Schoukens of the VUB Univ. Brussels, which can be found on the following page: