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Current Teaching

Lecturer at Polytech'Nice in the Electrical Engineering Department of the following classes:

Automatic Control

  • Digital Control, in the 4th year (prefinal year of School of Eng. = Master level 1)
    Table of Content and some pages of the lecture notes. Should you be interested to receive the full script, please send me an

    Email: ducard@i3s.unice.fr

  • Industrial Control, in the 4th year (prefinal year of School of Eng. = Master level 1)

  • Responsible for the Practical Lab Sessions in Automatic Control in the 4th year (prefinal year of School of Eng. = Master level 1)


  • ArmProp

    This platform is called the "Balancing arm" designed and realized by G. Ducard. It is made of an aluminium bar pivoting around an axis on one end and actuated by a motor/propeller unit at the other end. The goal of this lab is to model the physics behind this system, to simulate it with Matlab or Scilab, to design a controller to stabilize the bar at any desired angle, and finally to implement the controller in C on a small microcontroller (Pic 16F877, MIcrochip).
    I have entirely redesigned the system, which will be made available soon for the students in the practical sessions in Automatic Control - 4th year (new picture soon).




    Mechatronics and Robotics

    Mechatronics and Robotics (with applications to UAVs, Avionics), in the final year (5th year, Final year of School of Eng. = Master level 2).
    pixhawk

    View content of the class.
    Practical sessions are based on the new Pixhawk autopilot developed by the Pixhawk Team.




    Past Teaching

    Former lecturer at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, of the following classes:

    Navigation Systems for UAVs, ETH Zürich

    I taught in Fall 2009 the "Navigation Systems" lecture as part of the lecture entitled: Unmanned Aircraft: Design, Modeling and Control (Autonomous System Lab, ETH Zurich). The current class content can be viewed here.


    Guidance Systems for UAVs, ETH Zürich

    I taught in Fall 2009 the "Guidance Systems" lecture as part of the lecture entitled: Unmanned Aircraft: Design, Modeling and Control (Autonomous System Lab, ETH Zurich). View content . The current class content can be viewed here.


    Recursive Filtering and Estimation, ETH Zurich.

    I taught in Spring 2009 at ETH Zurich, the theory and practice of (recursive-) least squares and (extended-) Kalman filters (KF, EKF) with practical applications, as part of the lecture entitled: "Recursive Filtering and Estimation." The current class content can be viewed here.

    Laboratoire d'Informatique, Signaux et Systèmes de Sophia-Antipolis - UNS - CNRS
    2000, route des Lucioles - Les Algorithmes - bât. Euclide B - BP 121 - 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex - France
    Tél. +33 4 92 94 27 01 - Fax : +33 4 92 94 28 98 - www.i3s.unice.fr

    Book releases

    ISBN : 978-1-84882-560-4 ISBN : 978-7-118-07723-0 ISBN : 978-90-481-9706-4


    Limited Offer

    Get your original copy of one of the most popular PhD Thesis on fault-tolerant control of drones.

    PhD_Thesis PhD_Thesis


    Paper Download

    arrow.png Find and download most of my scientific papers on Research Gate.


    News

    September 2016: New lecture notes about Digital Control are now available.

    September 2015: Check latest Conference paper:
    K. Rudin, L. Mosimann, G. Ducard, R.Y. Siegwart, “Robust Actuator Fault-tolerant Control using DK-Iteration: Theory and Application to UAS,” in Proceedings of the IFAC SAFEPROCESS, pp. 392 – 397, 2 – 4 September 2015. Publications.

    April 2015: Check latest journal paper:
    G. Ducard, SMAC-FDI: “Single Model Active Fault Detection and Isolation System for Unmanned Aircraft,” in International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Publications.

    October 2014: New papers presented at the IEEE Multi Systems Control Conference, Antibes, France.

    September 2014: New book chapter in Handbook of UAVs, check Publications.

    June 2014: New paper presented at the IEEE European Control Conference, Strasbourg, France.

    November 2013: G. Ducard is teaching a new lecture at MSc level: Robotics. This class is mainly dedicated to avionic sytems used in UAV technologies. See the description of the lecture here.