Published in Tall, I. A., & Respondek, W. (2008). On linearizability of strict feedforward systems. Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 2008 American Control Conference, ACC, 2008, 1929-1934. doi: 10.1109/ACC.2008.4586774. ©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.


In this paper we address the problem of linearizability of systems in strict feedforward form. We provide an algorithm, along with explicit transformations, that linearizes a system by change of coordinates when some easily checkable conditions are met. Those conditions turn out to be necessary and sufficient, that is, if one fails the system is not linearizable. We revisit type I and type II classes of linearizable strict feedforward systems provided by Krstic in [6] and illustrate our algorithm by various examples mostly taken from [5], [6].