The Advanced Control Technology Club 
Advances in Real-time Control Systems

To be held at Ford Motor Company, Basildon. 9 March 2001

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

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.


This meeting will focus on the latest developments in Embedded Real Time Control Systems. This is a subject that the ACT Club has not addressed before in one of its meetings, but we have had sufficient interest in this area to make this meeting very successful. The meeting will introduce new developments in Embedded Real Time Control Systems, including rapid prototyping systems, automatic code generation and real time operating systems. There has been tremendous advances over recent years in the capabilities of these systems, helping to greatly reduce the amount of engineering effort and time required to develop real time control systems.

The meeting will include presentations from Ford, Visteon, Thales (formerly Barr & Stroud) and Omron.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

9:45    Welcome to Ford, Andy Scarisbrick, Ford Motor Company
10.00   ACT Club Progress Report, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club [572KB]
10.30  The Use of Real-Time OS for Open Control Systems in Industrial Control, Michael Juniper, Omron Electronics
11.25   Embedded Controller Development, Phil Clarke, The Mathworks Ltd. [195KB]
12.05  Use of dSpace and Matlab to Prototype Vehicles, Julian Hodgson, Ford Motor Company Ltd.
12.45  LUNCH
14.15   The Use of Auto Code Hardware with Hardware in the Loop, Matthew Love, Thales Optronics Ltd. [53KB]
14.45   Use of the Internet for Performance Monitoring, Andrew Ogden-Swift, Honeywell [713KB]
15.30   An Integrated Idle Entry and Idle Controller for Drive-by-Wire Applications, Garon Heslop, Visteon Energy Transformation Systems [160KB]
16.00   Rapid Prototyping Experiences with a Large System Development Project, John Dixon, Visteon Energy Transformation Systems [1,461KB]
16.30  Close

Additional Information:

This meeting is being held in the offices of Ford Motor Company, Basildon. A map showing directions to Ford is available here.

Delegates should report to the Foyer of the Small and Medium Vehicles Building. Car parking is available in the visitors car park opposite the main Foyer. If this is full, the best overflow to use is the one to the east side of the main building.

Nearby Hotels

There are a number of hotel groups now offering low-cost accommodation in the UK. Further information on location and rates can be obtained from the following Internet sites: