The Advanced Control Technology Club 
21st ACT Club Plenary Meeting "Intelligence in Safety Critical Systems: Sensors, Computing & Control"

To be held at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 11th July 2002

This meeting is free of charge and open to employees of ACT Club member companies and invited non-Club members. Registration is required.

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.


The current and future trend of complex systems development will be to increasingly use electronic systems in safety critical applications where a failure or incorrect operation could lead to serious injury or death, significant environmental damage or to other major accidents.

For these types of system it is imperative that a priori guarantees can be established which ensure all possible failure modes have been accounted for, system stability will be maintained throughout the operational range and sufficient redundancy has been built into the design.

To meet these challenges requires integration of the latest developments in control, computing science and electronics. This meeting will bring together experts in these three fields to present and discuss new, intelligent approaches to the design of safety critical systems.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

9.30      Welcome to the meeting and Report on recent ACT Club activities, Mike Grimble, ACT Club [615KB]
10.00    Steering Group Chairman's Report, Chris Libby, Scottish & Southern Energy
10.05     Overview of Control related to Systems Safety, Mike Grimble, ACT Club [227KB]
10.45     Reconfigurable Sliding Mode Control for Submarine Navigation, Euan McGookin, Glasgow University [578KB]
11.25     IEC 65108: What it means for you, Ray Ward, Health and Safety Executive [176KB]
12.05     A new national system for reporting incidents involving electronic safety-related systems in safety critical applications, Chris Johnson, Glasgow University [69KB]
12.45    LUNCH
1.50     Neuro-fuzzy Modelling for Fault Detection and Isolation, Faisel Uppal, Hull University [778KB]
2.30     Self-validating sensors, Manus Henry, Oxford University [1.83MB]
3.30     An open approach to Asset Management, Dennis Alsancak, Metso Automation
4.10     Sensor Fault Detection and Signal Reconstruction with particular refernece to Water Quality Management, Geoff Waterworth, Leeds Metropolitan University
4.50     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.