Navigating Language and Terminology in Automatic Control Literature

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Much of our understanding of automatic control relies on descriptions and words. While rooted in mathematical theory, control is generally explained using examples and abstraction. Different terminology is used in different textbooks which can lead to inadvertent miscommunication. Here, the terminology introduced in the most frequently used textbooks is collated. The paper addresses lecturers, students and industrial practitioners alike, who need to communicate, not only for understanding but also when building control systems. The focus is on English terminology of the single control loop and the PID controller. A section is dedicated to the Swedish and German language, highlighting helpful as well as obstructive vocabulary. This article provides an overview to raise awareness and to serve as a basis for discussion. It is not intended to be a complete list of words that should or should not be used.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024
Event4th IFAC Conference on Advances in Proportional-Integral-Derivative Control - Almeria, Spain
Duration: 2024 Jun 122024 Jun 14

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Control Engineering

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  • Proportional-integrating-derivating (PID) control
  • terminology in automatic control
  • terminology


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