Feedback control as a framework for understanding tradeoffs in biology.

@article{Cowan2014FeedbackCA,
  title={Feedback control as a framework for understanding tradeoffs in biology.},
  author={Noah J. Cowan and M Mert Ankarali and Jonathan P. Dyhr and Manu S. Madhav and Eatai Roth and Shahin Sefati and Simon Sponberg and Sarah A. Stamper and Eric S. Fortune and Thomas L. Daniel},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={54 2},
  pages={
          223-37
        }
}
Control theory arose from a need to control synthetic systems. From regulating steam engines to tuning radios to devices capable of autonomous movement, it provided a formal mathematical basis for understanding the role of feedback in the stability (or change) of dynamical systems. It provides a framework for understanding any system with regulation via feedback, including biological ones such as regulatory gene networks, cellular metabolic systems, sensorimotor dynamics of moving animals, and… 

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