Fractional order controllers: from theory to application

The fractional order controllers (FOC) can be very beneficial to different control problems (industrial plants, automated systems, robots, unmanned vehicles, automotive systems, etc.), although the control engineers and the research community is not aware of the potentialities provided by FOCs once compared to classic integer-order controllers.

The Training School "Fractional order controllers: from theory to application" is dedicated to the design, implementation and application of FOCs, where the design methods of FOC and of FOC-based control architectures will be described and explained in details. Moreover, the realization of FOC will be discussed and techniques will be analysed to make the trainees aware of the implementation issues. Finally, some real cases will be considered to show the application of fractional controllers to different engineering problems of practical interest.

The Training School will make the trainees aware of the benefits of FOC compared to integer-order controllers, like standard PID or other types of controllers. In particular, the trainers will show that a better trade-off between dynamic performance and robust stability can be achieved with a limited cost with respect to other controllers.


The international Training School will be held in Catania, Sicily (Italy) on 5th-8th September 2017