MPC: A paradigm shift for automatic control
Model Predictive Control (MPC) represents a major paradigm shift in the field of automatic control. This radically affects synthesis techniques (illustrated by control of an unstable system) and underlying concepts (illustrated by control of a multivariable system), as well as lifting the Control engineer's focus from prescriptions to specifications ("what" not "how", illustrated by emulation of a conventional autopilot). Part of the objective of this paper is to emphasise the significance of this paradigm shift. Another part is to consider the fact that this shift was missed for many years by the academic community, and what this tells us about teaching and research in the field.
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