Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Department of Automation and Control Engineering

Automation is the optimization of production systems and processes through the application of computerised systems. Automated systems today find use in many areas where processes can be computerised such as in the industrial assembly lines. Modern industrial production systems as well
as several engineering operations today are virtually automated through the use of robots and robot-like machines. Control engineering deals with
application of the principles of control theory in the control of systems and this is “automatic control”. Control engineering finds application in virtually any system that involves some control, whether in industrial production, in the laboratory, or at the household level.

These disciplines cover diverse fields such as information technology, cybernetics, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The interests
in these Departments cover mechatronics, robotics, instrumentation, and automated systems in general.