Course detail

Algebraic Theory of Control

FSI-VTRAcad. year: 2019/2020

The students will be provided with the principles of the algebraic theory of discrete linear control. The basic algebraic concepts and methods used in the theory will be discussed. The main interest will be focused on the study of polynomials, because they are the
most important tools of the theory of discrete linear control. First, the fundamentals of the theory of rings and the theory of formal series will be expounded. This will be followed by the study of polynomials (as special cases of formal series) and polynomial matrices from the view-point of the theory of discrete linear control. This will be done with the help of the fundamental knowledge of the theory of rings.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be made familiar with solving mathematical problems that occur in the theory of discrete linear control. Basic problems of this kind concern the synthesis of optimal control, which is reduced to searching for solutions of linear polynomial equations (as the transmission of a system can be expressed by using polynomials).


The knowledge of mathematics gained within the bachelor's study programme.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


V.Kučera: Algebraická teorie diskrétního lineárního řízení, Academia, Praha, 1978 (CS)
J.Karásek, J.Šlapal: Teorie okruhů pro diskrétní lineární řízení, FSI VUT v Brně, 2000 (učební text) (CS)
J.Karásek, J.Šlapal: Polynomy a zobecněné polynomy v teorii řízení, Akademické nakladatelství CERM, Brno, 2007 (CS)
V. Kučera: Algebraic Theory of Discrete-Time Linear Control. Academia, Praha 1978. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The graded course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having passed a written test at the end of the semester.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the course is to acquaint students with the mathematical principles that form the basis of the algebraic theory of discrete linear control and that are used for solving problems of the theory.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Since the attendance at lectures is not compulsory, it will not be checked, and compensation of possible absence will not be required.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-MAI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction
2.-3. Rings
4.-5. Fields
6.-7. Formal power series
8.-9. Polynomials
10.-11. Polynomial fractions
12.-13. Polynomial matrices