Automation, EIEF45

Course material

Course information
Additional literature
Lectures
Simulation tasks

Lab exercises and manual

Old exams
Exam

Course evaluations (CEQ)

Teachers

Assoc. prof. Ulf Jeppsson ulf.jeppsson(@)iea.lth.se
Assoc. prof. Gunnar Lindstedt gunnar.lindstedt(@)iea.lth.se
Dr Ramesh Saagi ramesh.saagi(@)iea.lth.se



Studerandeexpeditionen på IEA är öppen på vardagar (dock ej fredagar) kl 11.00-12.30. Telefon: 046-222 92 90. Andra tider efter överenskommelse. Du kan även kontakta oss via epost: studexp@iea.lth.se

The IEA student administration is open weekdays (not Fridays) 11.00-12.30. Phone: 046-222 92 90. Other times by agreement. You can also contact us by email: studexp@iea.lth.se


News:

Posted 2020-05-25

Grades of exam from April 20!

You can now find your exam grade in a pdf document in the directory exam. The grades are F = Fail, 3, 4, 5. The final registration of the exam grades in LADOK will be done as soon as possible. Note that the next opportunity to take the exam in Automation is on Friday August 28 2020 at 8-13 AM.


Posted 2020-05-19

Correction of exam from April 20 delayed!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances we have not been able to finish correcting the Automation exams from April 20. On the exam we indicated that it should have been corrected by today (May 19). We hope for your understanding on this matter. We will continue to work on correcting the exams during the extended weekend and by Monday (May 25) evening at the latest you should be able to see your exam grade in a pdf document on the course web site (in the directory exam). The final registration of the course results in LADOK will take a few days longer. We trust you can accept this delay.


Posted 2020-04-22

EXAMINATION April 20

All 48 students who participated in the exam were properly identified. We have now also checked that we have received your full reports (all pages) as far as we can determine. We will start correcting the exam as soon as possible but remember that we are also evacuating the M-building right now and gradually moving almost the entire division to the Chemical Engineering building for a period of two years. And this requires significant work by us.

Apart from some minor technical issues and a few problems with the live video streaming we think the exam worked out fine and was carried out in an honest way. An exam with SOME complete solutions (to Ulf's questions, 15 out of 30 points) will be uploaded later today. Solutions to Gunnar's questions will be made available as soon as possible. We will notify students for potential complementing oral exams once we have corrected the written reports.


Posted 2020-04-17

EXAMINATION instructions sent by email!

All students who have signed up for the remote exam on Monday April 20 at 2 PM CEST should by now have received an email with complete instructions and things that you must prepare before the exam. If you have not received such an email then you must contact Ulf Jeppsson immediately.


Posted 2020-04-02

As you are hopefully aware LTH has made a decision that in principle all exams scheduled for the exam period after Easter should be carried out by remote examination. Moreover the exams that were cancelled in the exam period in March should also be given in the post-Easter exam period using remote examination. The exam in Automation on March 18 was cancelled and has therefore been rescheduled into the post-Easter exam period on Monday April 20, 2 pm - 7 pm CEST. We have no control of the scheduling. That is done by the central LTH administration.

At this point we do not know exactly what the exam will look like and which technical tools will be used. We have never done remote examination on the course before. But I ask you all to consider the below items very carefully:

1) Only persons who have officially registered for the exam in LADOK will be allowed to take the exam. So far only 35 students have registered. The absolute deadline for registering is Monday April 6 at midnight. After that you cannot sign up for the exam.

2) In order to take the exam you need to have a working web cam or be able to use your smart phone as a web cam. We need to be able to identify all taking the exam.

3) You also need a computer to take the exam. Parts of the exam may use the Canvas system and some may use the Zoom system. Make sure you have access to both systems and hopefully have them working both from your phone and you computer. Install the Zoom app also on your phone to be prepared.

4) The exam will probably be divided into several parts with short breaks in between to allow you to send in answers etc. Since we also have to do the identification on-line you must expect the exam to last until 8 PM (allow one hour for the extra stuff).

5) You must have your identification card available when the exam starts - otherwise your exam will not be considered.

6) you must practice so that you can take photographs or quickly scan paper sheets using your phone or printer and email to us. The exam will include hand calculation parts and your answers MUST be sent to us within a few minutes after that specific exam section closes. Otherwise your exam will not be considered valid.

7) You will only be allowed to use the same tools as you would have during a normal exam - no more no less. Any use of Internet (beside to communicate with the teachers and to see and answer the exam) will immediately lead to a formal complaint and your exam will not be considered and you may be thrown out of Lund university. Since part of the exam will be hand calculations you obviously also need pen and paper etc.

8) Your activities will be monitored via your web cam which must be active during the entire exam, and you must sit where you are all the time visible from your camera. It you do not agree to be filmed then you cannot take the exam.

9) Special software may be used (we have not yet decided) that would lock down your computer for everything else but the actual exam. If we decide to use such software you must download and install it otherwise your exam will not be considered.

10) The exam may be complemented by an individual oral part. We may select a few students at random or we may select students that are on the limit between two grades, or students that have handed in ”strange” answers (maybe answers almost identical to another student) or students whose sent in paper sheets we cannot properly read etc. This is the freedom we teachers have in these special circumstances.

11) Due to the technical facilities the exam may look somewhat different than what you see in the previous exams (hall exams). But we will make it as fair for you as possible.

12) Even if you are currently sitting in a very different time zone the exam must be taken at 2 PM CEST on April 20.

13) The exam will not be anonymous. LTH has granted an exception from this for this exam period.

14) The university has been granted extra time to correct the exams. We will obviously try to correct them as soon as possible but just note that the normal three week time limit does not apply for this exam.

15) The exams will be graded: Fail / 3 / 4 / 5

We are all trying to do our best in a difficult situation but obviously the pandemic has an impact on all our activities.

The next formally scheduled reexamination possibility after April 20 is on Friday August 28, 2020, at 8 pm CEST in hall M:IEA. Hopefully this will be a traditional hall examination.

We hope that we will be able to create an exam that is fair to all students and that can be carried out without any technical problems. All the best

PS Please do not forget to reply to the course evaluation. The link was sent out March 27 to all of you (check also your spam folders if you did not see the email from ceq@kansli.lth.se). Help us to continue to improve the course for future students.

PPS Note that web cams are right now very hard to buy. If you do not have one try to borrow one from a friend. We cannot provide you with this.


Posted 2020-03-30

Information about the new scheduled Automation exam on Monday April 20 (14-19) will be provided as soon as possible. It will be a remote (home) exam. Note that you must officially register for the exam in order to be allowed to attend (deadline April 6). Students who have previously passed the course and want to improve their grades are not allowed to register. Note that in order to carry out the exam in a somewhat reasonable fashion all students must have web cams or be able to use your smart phone as a web cam at home (for identification and supervision). Web cams are very hard to buy nowadays, so if you do not have one see if you have a friend who you can borrow a camera from during the exam. Also download the Zoom app also on your smart phones to be on the safe side.


Posted 2020-03-17

EXAMINATION ON FRIDAY MARCH 20 IS CANCELLED!.


Posted 2020-03-17

As you are well aware of the exam for the course was scheduled for Friday March 20, 2 pm - 7 pm, in hall MA:08. Today the Swedish government issued a recommendation to cancel all in-house teaching at Swedish universities starting from tomorrow (Wednesday March 18). Based on that recommendation Lund University has today decided to cancel all regular hall Examinations as of tomorrow and also that all teaching should from now on be done by remote means until further notice.

We are very sorry for this and would certainly have hoped that the Automation course could have been properly finished before any restrictions were initiated. But as the situation is now there is nothing we can do about this. Consequently, the Automation exam scheduled for Friday March 20, 2 pm - 7 pm, in hall MA:08 IS CANCELLED!

At this point we cannot give any prediction or estimate when the exam can take place but we will handle it in an orderly fashion as soon as possible after the situation has been somewhat normalized again. We are all trying to do our best in a difficult situation but obviously the pandemic has an impact on all our activities right now.

The next formally scheduled reexamination possibility is on Friday August 28, 2020, at 8 pm.

Please keep a close eye on the course web site for urgent updates related to the exam and follow the general updates related to Corona and its impact on Lund University at the official web site

Sorry to bring you this bad news.


Posted 2020-03-13

As you are well aware of the exam for the course is scheduled for Friday March 20, 2 pm - 7 pm, in hall MA:08. You are also aware of that the Corona pandemic is now having a huge impact on our entire society and that rules, recommendations from the government and other authorities are changing on an almost daily basis. The current decision from Lund University is that exams should be carried out as planned (but be aware that this may change on a very short notice) and in the normal fashion, although we do not have to maintain the anonymous principle for the exams at this point.

So IEA will follow the decision by Lund University and have the exam on March 20. However, if things should change dramatically before next Friday (e.g. Lund University complete shut-down or similar) then the course staff has decided that the exam will take place in an orderly fashion as soon as possible after the situation has been somewhat normalised again. We do NOT plan to provide the possibility for a special home examination as we feel that we cannot guarantee that each student is then properly graded and it will be difficult to test all parts of the course in a fair way. If we cannot do the exam on Friday then we hope that it can be carried out just after the Easter holidays (so that you all have the course as fresh in your mind as possible). But let us hope that it does not come to this. We are all trying to do our best in a difficult situation but obviously the pandemic has an impact on all our activities.

The next formally scheduled reexamination possibility is on Friday August 28, 2020, at 8 pm.

Please keep a close eye on this course web site for urgent updates related to the exam and follow the general updates related to Corona and its impact on Lund University at the official web site. We hope to see you all as planned on the exam March 20.

PS: for those of you taking the course "Automation in Complex Systems" (AKS) in study period 4, information will be sent out next week. Please also follow the information on the course website.


Posted 2020-03-05

The exam is in MA(Annex of the Mathematics Building):08 on Friday March 20, 14.00 - 19.00. You may bring/use the course book, the HMI paper hardcopy, your calculator (memory cleared), Tefyma, formula sheets (from the Automatic Control department, available in directory "Additional literature") and a dictionary at the exam. The exam is given in English and you may respond in English or Swedish. After you hand in your exam we kindly ask you to fill in the course evaluation form. Best of luck.


Posted 2020-03-05

All students have now been approved on Laboratory Exercises 1, 2 and 3.


Posted 2020-03-04

Solutions to the two Simulation Tasks are now available in the directory "Simulation tasks".


Posted 2020-03-02

All students have now been approved on Simulation Task 2 (Dynamic Systems). A hard copy of your report with some comments will be handed out during the lecture today (March 2).


Posted 2020-02-26

All students (except those who have received a special email from Ulf today) have now been approved on Simulation Task 1 (Markov Chains and Markov Processes). A hard copy of your report with some comments will be handed out during the lecture today (February 26).


Posted 2020-02-24

On Thursday February 27 at 8.15 a.m. prof. emeritus Gustaf Olsson will give a guest lecture discussing his vast experience from a life-long automation career, applied to numerous different application areas. IEA considers the guest lecture to be "in princple" compulsory. Also note that topics from the guest lecture presentation may also appear on the exam.


Posted 2020-02-13

All 54 students have now handed in their reports on Simulation exercise no 2 "Dynamic Systems". Excellent! Feedback will be provided as soon as possible.


Posted 2020-02-13

All 54 students have now handed in their reports on Simulation exercise no 1 "Markov Chains and Markov Processes". Excellent! Feedback will be provided as soon as possible.


Posted 2020-02-10

Two videos showing the principles of Lab 1 and Lab 2 are available in the "Lab exercises" directory for your benefit. Please check them out.


Posted 2020-02-10

Note that in the hard copy of the lab manual handed out today (Feb. 10) Lab exercise 2 and Lab exercise 3 has changed places. So what is written as Lab 2 is actually Lab 3 and vice versa. The pdf of the lab-manual on the course web site has been updated and is correct.


Posted 2020-02-10

Remember to sign up for Lab 1 if you did not do so during the lecture today (Feb. 10). The list is on the bulletin board just outside the corridor where you bought the book (south end).


Posted 2020-01-28

Remember that the lecture on Thursday January 30 at 08:15 a.m. is given in hall E:1406 (Electrical Engineering building, northern end, ground floor).


Posted 2020-01-20

Note that the exercises do not start until the second week of the course, i.e. NO exercise session on Tuesday January 21.


Posted 2019-11-13

Note that the lecture on Thursday January 30 at 08.15 is given in lecture hall E:1406 (most northern part of the Electrical Engineering building).


Posted 2019-11-13

The course starts on January 20 (Monday) in hall M:E, Mechanical Engineering building at 08.15. Welcome!