Publication Date

Spring 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Ferhan Atici (Director), Dr. Nezam Iraniparast, and Dr. Mark Robinson

Degree Program

Department of Mathematics

Degree Type

Master of Science


This thesis aims to investigate the controllability and observability of the discrete fractional linear time-invariant state-space model. First, we will establish key concepts and properties which are the tools necessary for our task. In the third chapter, we will discuss the discrete state-space model and set up the criteria for these two properties. Then, in the fourth chapter, we will attempt to apply these criteria to the discrete fractional model. The general flow of our objectives is as follows: we start with the first-order linear difference equation, move on to the discrete system, then the fractional difference equation, and finally the discrete fractional system. Throughout this process, we will develop the solutions to the (fractional) difference equations, which are the basis of our criteria.


Controls and Control Theory | Control Theory | Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics