The Advanced Control Technology Club 
"Techniques and Applications in Aerospace and Defence"

To be held at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 17 October 2000

This meeting is free of charge and open to employees from all ACT Club members.

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to Club Members only) from our Download Centre, or simply click on the appropriate link in the agenda below.

NOTE: Presentation material downloaded from our web-site should not be incorporated (either in part or in entirety) into other work etc., nor distributed (either in part or in entirety) to third parties, without the express permission of the authors.


A recent questionnaire that the ACT Club issued revealed a need for a special meeting focussing on the aerospace and defence industries. To meet this need, this event will include presentations on a wide range of techniques and applications in this sector. Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) systems will be discussed in the context of naval applications from both a supplier's (Rockwell Automation) and an end-user's (Bob Bishop, MoD) perspective. New marine condition monitoring systems will be presented (Peter Mackay, VSEL), as will the use of synthetic environments to integrate control engineering with other engineering disciplines (David Lee, NNC). New control techniques for aerospace applications will also be covered. As with all our events this meeting will focus on application rather than theory.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

9.30       Welcome to the Meeting and Report on Recent ACT Club Activities, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club [217KB]
9.50       Focussing on the Mission, Derek Bryans and Phil Gaffney, Rockwell Automation Ltd. [4,425KB]
10.50    TEA/COFFEE
11.10     Does COTS Match the End-Users Requirements ?, Bob Bishop, MoD (N) Ships Support Agency [100KB]
11.40     Proposals for the Application of System Fault Prognosis and Diagnosis in Future Naval Platforms, Peter Mackay and David John, BAE SYSTEMS Marine, Barrow-in-Furness [298KB]
12.25    LUNCH
1.40       Control Systems Modelling for Naval Applications, David Lee, NNC Ltd. [699KB]
2.20       Robust Control Synthesis Applied to a Variable Resonance Stabilised Mirror, Dr David Anderson, BAE SYSTEMS, Sensor Systems Division, Edinburgh [513KB]
2.50      TEA/COFFEE
3.10       Flight Test Experience of a Non-linear Dynamic Inversion Control Law on the VAAC Harrier, Andrew Berry, Defence Evaluation & Research Agency [356KB]. A companion paper is also available here [159KB].
3.50       Limitations of Nichols Based Methods in Assessing Stability of Cross-coupled Systems, Rick Hyde, The MathWorks Limited. Please email the author directly ( for a copy of the paper.
4.30      CLOSE

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held in the Old Court Room of the University of Strathclyde's Royal College Building. Please note that Registration and Lunches will be in the Ante Room, which is next-door to the Old Court Room.

Travelling to The University of Strathclyde:

The Royal College Building is within the John Anderson campus of Strathclyde University. This in the heart of Glasgow City Centre and the excellent road, rail and air links make it very easy to reach. Please refer to the following map.


From the North: via A82 and M8. Exit junction 15.
From the South: via M6/M74 and M8. Exit junction 15.
From the East or West: via M8. Exit junction 15.

Car Parking: With Strathclyde University being centrally located on-street car parking is at a premium. Many pay and display car parks are situated nearby and the one adjoining High Street railway station is recommended.


Glasgow has two main-line stations which serve all of the UK. Trains from the South and West arrive at Glasgow Central Station and trains from the North and East arrive at Queen Street Station.


Buchanan Street Bus Station is Glasgow's main bus station and serves all of the UK. All the main bus operators including Scottish Citylink and National Express operate via Buchanan Street Bus Station and there are up to four services/hour to Edinburgh and six services/day to London.


Strathclyde University is less than 25 minutes drive from Glasgow International Airport. Taxis are available or an airport bus regularly runs to and from Buchanan Street Bus Station.

Nearby Hotels

Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Strathclyde University, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0QU, Tel: 0141 553 6000
B&B 39.00

Travel Inn Metro, Montrose House, 187 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1YN, Tel: 0141 553 2700
Room only: 44.95, Breakfast: 3.75-5.75

Forte Crest Glasgow, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7EN, Tel: 0870 400 9032
Room Only: 79.00, Scottish breakfast: 10.95

Stakis Ingram Hotel, 201 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DQ, Tel: 0141 248 4401
Room only: 87.50, Full breakfast: 7.50-9.50

Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1, Tel: 0141 332 0110
Room only: 89.00, Breakfast: 9.95

Copthorne Hotel, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DS, Tel: 0141 332 6711
Room only: 135.00, Scottish breakfast: 11.50

Moat House Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT, Tel: 0141 306 9988
Room only: 135.00, Breakfast: 11.50

Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3, Tel: 0141 226 5577
Room only: 155.00

The above prices are inclusive of VAT and are given purely as a guide. Prices quoted as at January 2000.