The Advanced Control Technology Club 
Automotive SIG Launch Meeting: "Future Directions in Automotive Control"

To be held at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwick. 29th April 2002

This meeting is open to employees of ACT Club member companies and invited non-Club members. Registration is required. Please note, this meeting is free of charge to ACT Club members and speakers, however non members attending will be required to pay a nominal fee to help defray our costs (see below for details).

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to ACT Club members only) from our Download Centre, or simply by clicking 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 launch the new Automotive Special Interest Group. Like other Special Interest Groups the aim is to bring together specialists in this subject so that a smaller, more targeted meeting can be held. It is also likely that the Automotive SIG will sponsor special training courses and case studies. The ACT Club already includes a number of Automotive related companies and judging from the interest expressed this should increase quite quickly after the formation of this SIG.

The meeting has a broad technical theme of "Future Directions in Automotive Control". It will have a combination of technical presentations and short (15 minute) informal presentations on future directions and problems in automotive control, which we hope will stimulate the subsequent round table discussions. The main aim of the day is to enable the members of the Special Interest Group to define its role, scope and activities.

If you would like to contribute a short presentation then please let us know, indicating any applicable title. Instead of a formal contribution, we would be very happy to hear your ideas on how the group should proceed during the general round table discussion session.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

9.15       Coffee and Registration
9.45       Welcome, Mr. Ralf Speth, Premier Automotive Group
9.50       Introduction to ACT Club & Automotive SIG, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club [624KB]
10.20     Direct Inverse Control for the Future Automotive Powertrain, Dr. Tom Shenton, Liverpool University [1,976KB]
10.55     Tea/Coffee
11.10     Kalman Filter based Observer Design for Handling Dynamics - the Sideslip Estimation Problem, Dr. Matt Best, Loughborough University [380KB]
11.45     Future Prospects for the Active Control of Sound and Vibration in Vehicles, Prof. Steve Elliott, ISVR, Southampton University
12.20     Lunch
1.30       Systems Modelling and Simulation in the Product Development Process for Future Electro-Mechanical Automobiles, Dr. Peter Jones, Warwick University
2.05       Predicting Customer Perceptions of Quality : A Sound Engineering Example, Dr. Paul Jennings. Warwick University [256KB]
2.40       Open Session (Chair Ralf Speth)
                         New Directions in Powertrain Control, Dr. David Anderson, ACT Club [59KB]
                         SmartCharge Technology for Hybrid Vehicles, Mr. Chris Fielder, CRT Partnership
                         The Continued Drive Towards An Integrated Simulation Environment, Dr. Gavin Walker, The MathWorks
3.25       Tea/Coffee
3.40       Automotive SIG Future Activities Discussion
                         Hot Topics in Automotive Control
                         Work Programme
                         Election of Chairman
4.45       CLOSE

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held at The Heritage Motor Centre , Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, CV35 0BJ, next door to the Land Rover Gaydon Site. This is located just off Junction 12 of the M40, a map can be found here. Travel directions and some hotel information can also be obtained from this link. The nearest train station is Leamington Spa, approx. 9 miles from Gaydon.

Nearby Hotels

Holiday Inn Express, Warwick M40, Jct. 15, Stratford Road, Warwick, Tel: 01926 483000
Room rate: 45.00

Days Inn Warwick North, M40 (Northbound) Junction 12/13, Ashorne, Warwick, Tel: 01926 651 681
Room Rate: 48.50 B&B

M40 (Southbound), Junction 14/12, Ashorne, Warwick, Tel: 01926 650 168
Room Rate: 48.50 B&B

Haseley House Hotel & Brasserie, Haseley, Warwick, Tel: 0870 240 7060
Room Rate: 65.00 Room Only

The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Charlcote, Warwick, Tel: 01789 279954
Room Rate: 85.00 (Quote ISC)

Glebe Hotel, Church Street, Barford, Warwick, Tel: 01926 624 218
Room Rate: 88.00 B&B (Quote Heritage)

The above prices are inclusive of VAT and are given purely as a guide.

On-line Registration Form

On-line registration is closed for this event.