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    Hermann Schmidt: pioneer in control and cybernetics

    Fasol, K.H.
    Control Systems, IEEE

    Volume: 22 , Issue: 2
    DOI: 10.1109/37.993311
    Publication Year: 2002 , Page(s): 24 - 28
    Cited by:  Papers (2)

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    Hermann Schmidt (1894-1968) is recognized as a pioneer in control and cybernetics in Germany. His distinctions include the fact that for many years he was the only German professor of control engineering. In 1939, he founded the renowned control group of the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, the German association of engineers) known as the Fachgruppe Regelungstechnik. This article reviews his career, his technical and philosophical interests, and his contributions to the development of control engineering in Germany View full abstract»

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    An Exhibition That Has Yet to Be [Historical Perspectives]

    Schmidt, G. ; Bissell, C.
    Control Systems, IEEE

    Volume: 33 , Issue: 5
    DOI: 10.1109/MCS.2013.2269756
    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 67 - 71

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    Winfried Oppelt (Figure 1) was one of the great pioneers of German control engineering. Before World War II, while working on flight control systems, he recognized the commonality between control systems from a range of application areas and also developed (independently of a number of others) what we now call the describing function approach to nonlinear systems. During the war, he was a member of an interdisciplinary committee, chaired by Hermann Schmidt [1], which reported on control system terminology and, independently of Norbert Wiener, considered elements of what became known as cybernetics. After the war, Oppelt became one of Germany?s leading control educators, publishing a hugely successful teaching text that ran into five editions and was translated into several languages. Major dates in his professional life are provided in ?Winfried Oppelt: Some Milestones in His Professional Life,? with more information given in [1]?[3]. View full abstract»

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