The Advanced Control Technology Club 
19th ACT Club Plenary Meeting: Intelligent Control

To be held at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 24 May 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.


Following the last Steering Committee Meeting, it was agreed that a meeting covering the various Intelligent Control Techniques should be put on for the benefit of the Club membership. Intelligent Control covers a very wide range of topics, most of which are still relatively new and do not find wide industrial application. Perhaps the one exception to this is Fuzzy Logic Control and its numerous applications in washing machines and the like have been widely reported. However Intelligent Control covers other areas such as Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms and Learning Control.

These new techniques all have their place in the field of Control Technology and can offer significant benefits over conventional techniques.

One such example is the use of a Genetic Algorithm coupled to a traditional System Identification Method which was investigated as an ACT Club Case Study, for Corus. This Study did indeed show that the Genetic Algorithm did provide some benefits over traditional System Identification methods, but a combined approach that used the best properties of both methods proved to be the best solution. This Case Study will be reported at this meeting along with presentations on the various other methods.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

9:45     Welcome to the Meeting and Report on recent ACT Club activities, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club
10.15    Steering Group Chairman's Report
10.25   Introduction to Intelligent Control, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club
11.25   Model-Based Fuzzy Controllers, Dr. Bruce Postlethwaite, Strathclyde University
12.10  LUNCH
1.40   Generating Intelligence from Data: Recent AI approaches to Bio Data Interpretation, Estimation and Control, Prof. Ron Leigh, Brunel University
2.25   Evolutionary Computing for Control System Design Automation and Modelling, Dr. Yun Li, Glasgow University
3.30   Neural Networks for System Identification of Coupled Ship Dynamics, Peter Martin, ICC, University of Strathclyde
4.00   Gamma-attenuation Techniques in Control, Prof. Adrian Stoica, Politechnica University of Bucharest
4.40  Close

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held in the Court Senate Room of the Collins Building, Strathclyde University.

Travelling to The University of Strathclyde:

The Collins 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.