The Advanced Control Technology Club 
"Non-Linear Predictive Control"

To be held at University of Oxford, 23 November 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 very successful meeting was held at the University of Oxford in 1999 concerning advances in predictive control. The subject has moved on since that time with advances in constrained optimisation algorithms and in the ability of predictive control to handle nonlinearities. This meeting at the University of Oxford will consider the effect of nonlinearities in control systems and look at the benefits to be obtained from these new algorithms. The meeting should be of particular interest to those who experience difficulties due to nonlinear behaviour.

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 [338KB]
9.45       Introduction to Nonlinear Predictive Control, Basil Kouvaritakis, University of Oxford [753KB]. Some explanatory notes that accompany the slides are also available here. [38KB]
10.30     Practical Aspects of Nonlinear Predictive Control, Dr Andrzej Ordys and Prof. Mike Grimble, University of Strathclyde [1,058KB]
10.50    TEA/COFFEE
11.05     An Initial Industrial Approach to Nonlinear Predictive Control, Nigel Russell, Foxboro Global Services and Iain Wolley, Control Technology Centre Ltd. [120KB]
12.05     Physical-Model-Based Predictive Control, Prof. Peter Gawthrop, University of Glasgow [91KB]
12.45    LUNCH
1.45       Investigation of Non-linear Predictive Control Applied to the Tennessee Eastman Challenge Process Simulation, Prof. Peter Roberts, City University and Dr. Victor Becerra, University of Reading This presentation is in two parts, the first is an Introduction to Nonlinear Predictive Control [42KB] and the second describes the specific Application to the Tennessee Eastman Process [738KB].
2.30       Modelling for Predictive Control, Dr. Anthony Rossiter, Loughborough University [554KB]
3.10      TEA/COFFEE
3.25       Guaranteeing Feasibility in Model Predictive Control, Eric Kerrigan, University of Cambridge [123KB]
3.55       Interpolation in Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, Mark Cannon, University of Oxford
4.35      CLOSE

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held in Lecture Room LR8 of the Engineering & Technology Building at the University of Oxford. Registration will also be in Lecture Room LR8, whilst teas/coffees and lunches will be in the nearby Parkview Café, in the Holder Building.

Travelling to The University of Oxford:

Nearby Hotels

Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, Tel: 01865 270362
Single Room £47.45

Cotswold House, 363 Banbury Road, Oxford, Tel. 01865 310558
Single Room £41.00

Galaxie Private Hotel, 180 Banbury Road, Oxford, Tel. 01865 515688
Single Room £52.00

Cotswold Lodge Hotel, 66a Banbury Road, Oxford, Tel. 01865 512121
Single Room £125.00

Linton Lodge Hotel, 13 Linton Road, Summertown, Oxford, Tel. 01865 510902
Single Room £110.00
Special Offer £71.00 - Government Rate (please speak to Paul)

Old Parsonage Hotel, 1 Banbury Road, Oxford, Tel. 01865 310210
Single Room £130.00

The Randolph, Beaumont Street, Oxford, Tel. 0870 400 8200
Single Room £152.00

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