The main objective of this course is to provide background knowledge on specific physiological systems (nervous system, sensory systems, muscle control systems, cardiovascular systems, respiratory system, hormonal control mechanisms) and to apply control theory, system analysis, and model identification techniques to better understand the processes involved in physiological regulation.

In this course, besides qualitative descriptions of physiological systems, we shall be dealing with their mathematical modeling and computer simulation of these models. The mathematical modeling of a physiological system results in a description in terms of equations, usually differential equations, chosen to describe the dynamic aspects of the system.