Published in Tall, I. A. (2008). Linearizable Feedforward Systems: A Special Class. Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Conference on Control Applications, CCA, 2008, 1201-1206. doi: 10.1109/CCA.2008.4629662. ©2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


We address the problem of linearizability of systems in feedforward form. In a recent paper [22] we completely solved the linearizability for strict feedforward systems. We extend here those results to a special class of feedforward systems. We provide an algorithm, along with explicit transformations, that linearizes the system by change of coordinates when some easily checkable conditions are met. We also re-analyze type II class of linearizable strict feedforward systems provided by Krstic in [9] and we show that this class is the unique linearizable among the class of quasi-linear strict feedforward systems (see Definition III.1). Our results allow an easy computation of the linearizing coordinates and thus provide a stabilizing feedback controller for the original system. They can also be implemented via software like mathematica/matlab/maple using simple integrations, derivations of functions.