Bird's eye view on control theory - Motion, spaces, transformations

Tibor Vámos, József Bokor

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The origins of system and control theory in theoretical mechanics, and specially in the Hamiltonian-Lagrangean interpretation are well discussed in the literature. The paper intends to follow that line by showing the nearly ubiquitous close relations of visual patterns rooted in our fundamental perception of motion, space and transformation, and interpretations by higher mathematics. This relation, by applying animation, enables us to incorporate system knowledge into the general educational and erudition requirements. Control science claimed from the very start that the active sense of system dynamics is a powerful vehicle for rational understanding of most different phenomena but this prerequisite can be fulfilled only by visual reference to the referred primitives of cognition. A multimedia CD demonstrates the ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAnnual Reviews in Control
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997


  • Dynamic systems
  • Hcontrol
  • Multimedia
  • Physical models
  • System concepts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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