The Advanced Control Technology Club 
Aerospace & Defence SIG Meeting: "New Developments in Simulation & Control of Aircraft Systems"

To be held at the Defence Procurement Agency, Abbeywood, Bristol. 5th September 2002

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

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.


New demands in Aerospace systems are leading to more advanced large-scale multivariable control solutions. However, certification of advanced multivariable non-deterministic gain-scheduled controllers continues to be a problem. Modern control synthesis techniques with a priori guaranteed stability properties and advanced desktop simulations suggest that acceptable solutions can be found. However, the problems of model validation, robust performance and most importantly determinism of the controller remain.

The theme of this day will be the presentation of new design methods for such complex airborne systems as UAVís, missiles, flight control systems and an electro-optic sensor suite. The discussion session at the end will be focused on how these methods can be used to overcome the certification hurdle.

We would be very happy to hear your ideas on how the SIG should proceed during the general discussion session.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

9.00       Coffee and Registration
9.30       Welcome, Speaker TBC
9.35       Introduction to the ACT Club Aerospace & Defence SIG, Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club [675KB]
10.05     Tools and techniques for accelerated clearance of flight-critical control systems, Jeremy Howitt, Qinetiq
10.35     Tea/Coffee
10.50     UAV Autonomy, Dr. Jon Platts, Qinetiq
11.25     Model Predictive Control: A Paradigm Shift for Automatic Control, Dr Eric Kerrigan, Cambridge University [151KB]
12.00     Aerospace-Related Applications of Nonlinear Predictive and State-Dependent Ricatti Equation Control, Dr. David Anderson, ACT Club [379KB]
12.35     LUNCH
1.30       Issues of Model Accuracy and External Validation of Models in Engineering System Design, Prof. David Murray-Smith, University of Glasgow
2.05       The Role of Desktop Visual Simulation in the Development of Control Systems for Aerospace Vehicles, Steve Rasmussen, RasSimTech [2,605KB]
2.40       Flight Control Design Optimisation wrt Flight and Structural Dynamic Requirements, Wolfgang Luber, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company
3.15       Tea/Coffee
3.30       New Concepts in Guidance and Control for GW Systems, Prof. Brian White, Cranfield University
4.05       Discussion Session
4.45       CLOSE

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held at the Defence Procurement Agency, Abbeywood, Bristol, in the Central Facilities Building. Please refer to the following map.

When arriving at Abbeywood, please report to the main reception. It is advisable to arrive early as security checks may take some time.

Nearby Hotels

Holiday Inn Express New Road, Bristol Parkway Business, Bristol BS34 8SJ, Tel. 0870 4430036
Room rate: £65.55 B&B

Holiday Inn Filton Road, Bristol BS16 1QX, Tel. 0870 4009014
Room Rate: £91.00

Travel Inn (Bristol East) 200/202 Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7AN, Tel. 0870 242 8000
Room Rate: £42.95

Premier Lodge Bristol City East, Sheild Retail Park, Gloucester Road North, Filton, Bristol BS34 7BR, Tel. 0870 700 1336
Room Rate: £49.95

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.

The Advanced Control Technology Club
50 George Street
Glasgow, G1 1QE
tel.: 0141 553 1111
fax.: 0141 553 1232