The California State Legislature established COSMOS with a mission to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians so that they may actively participate in the business and higher educational sectors of the State of California.

The course will introduce the students to the basic principles of
feedback control. The focus will be on introducing concepts such as
input, output, disturbance, uncertainty, sensing, decision making, actuation, using examples.
We will use historical case studies to introduce the concepts such as stability and stabilization.
Students will learn how to draw block
diagrams, their interconnections, and reason about practical systems
from engineering and biology. The aim is to expose the students to the
idea that problems from different disciplines can be thought of in a
unified way. The topics will include how to balance a stick on hand,
how to fly an airplane, cruise control of a car, and how to treat
diabetes. The main learning outcome for the students is to appreciate
the idea that these seemingly different problems can be addressed
using the common language of feedback control.

Instructor: Prof. Abhishek Halder (Dept. of Applied Mathematics, School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz)