EE263: Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems

Ahmadreza Momeni, Stanford University, Summer Quarter 2016


Ahmadreza Momeni


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30–3:20pm in Gates B1

  • 16 lectures, the first lecture is on June 21, the last is on Aug 11.

Review sessions

  • Weekly review sessions will be videotaped by SCPD and \ uploaded on the corresponding website; starting from June 29 .

Course description

Applied linear algebra and linear dynamical systems with applications to circuits, signal processing, communications, and control systems. Topics: least-squares approximations of over-determined equations, and least-norm solutions of underdetermined equations. Symmetric matrices, matrix norm, and singular-value decomposition. Eigenvalues, left and right eigenvectors, with dynamical interpretation. Matrix exponential, stability, and asymptotic behavior. Multi-input/multi-output systems, impulse and step matrices; convolution and transfer-matrix descriptions. Control, reachability, and state transfer; observability and least-squares state estimation.

Prerequisites: linear algebra and matrices as in MATH104; differential equations and Laplace transforms as in EE102A.


There are no required or optional textbooks. Complete notes will be available online. See the section on reading for details.


We are using Piazza. We'll post most announcements there, not here, so make sure you join.


This course was originally developed and taught by Professor Stephen Boyd, and the complete set of materials consisting of lecture videos, slides, support notes and homework is still available in the archive.