Joint ACTC /  University of Strathclyde Workshop 



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"Introduction to Nonlinear Control Techniques
for Industrial Processes"

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
3rd and 4th November 2004



This meeting is free of charge to employees of ACTC member companies and speakers. Employees of companies that are not ACTC members will be required to pay a nominal fee to help defray costs (see below for details). Students and academics are eligible for discounted rates. Registration is required and can be made using the form below. Please ensure the payment details section of the form is completed. Alternatively, a printable agenda/registration form is available here.

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Meeting Description and Agenda

A two-day workshop is to be held at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow supported by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC). The workshop will be a two-day event with the first day involving simple introductory material aimed at engineers in industry that have control problems on nonlinear applications. The material will include both an intuitive introduction to nonlinear control design and an overview of tuning techniques for commissioning and improving systems.

The second day will look to the future and cover advances in industrial control for severely nonlinear applications. Recent advances in nonlinear control systems design, which can provide real improvements in the quality of control or economic performance of systems, will be covered. Each of the two days will be self contained so that those wishing a simple introduction can attend the first day but those requiring a look to the future can also include the second day.

The workshop will run under the auspices of both the ACTC and the IEE and support from the EPSRC is also acknowledged, provided through a Platform Grant, covering advances in nonlinear control applications.


Day One: Introduction to Nonlinear Control for Industrial Processes

Summary: The aim of this day is to provide a tutorial Introduction to the basics of nonlinear control techniques for industrial applications. The emphasis will be on the provision of practical design tools and methods.

Venue: The University of Strathclyde, Court Senate, Collins Suite, Collins Building, Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ


9.00 COFFEE AND REGISTRATION (in Committee Room 1)
9.30 Modelling and identification of nonlinear systems and types of nonlinearities, Dr Reza Katebi
10.00 An introduction to control design methods for nonlinear applications, Prof Derek Atherton
10.45 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
11.00 Introduction to nonlinear generalized minimum variance control, Prof Mike Grimble and Mr Pawel Majecki
11.45 An introduction to predictive control for nonlinear processes, Dr Andrzej Ordys and Dr Leonardo Giovanini
12.30 LUNCH (in Committee Room 1)
13.30 Practical control design for nonlinear systems with application studies, Professor Bill Leithead
14.15 Implementation and a simple MatLAB design facility for nonlinear applications: demonstration, Professor Mike Grimble and Mr Pawel Majecki
15.15 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
15.30 Computational efficiency in Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, Dr M Cannon
16.00 Nonlinear control applications: problems and solutions, Professor Bill Leithead, Dr Reza Katebi, Dr Andrzej Ordys, Dr Leonardo Giovanini, and Mr Arek Dutka
16.45 Discussions (Close 17.00)

Day Two: Future Developments in Nonlinear Industrial Control

Summary: The aim of this one-day event is to consider a number of different new control techniques for systems with severe nonlinearities that might provide practical industrial controllers for the future. The focus will be on demonstrating the properties and advantages of these new solutions, with a number of industrial application examples to illustrate their benefits.

Venue: University of Strathclyde, 204 George Street, Royal College Building, Chalmers Suite, Montrose Room 2.15, Glasgow, G1 1XW


9.00 COFFEE AND REGISTRATION (in Montrose Room 2.15)
9.30 An introduction to advances in nonlinear control, Prof W E Leithead and Prof D Leith
10.15 New developments in nonlinear predictive control, Prof B Kouvaritakis and Dr M Cannon
11.00 TEA / COFFEE (in Killearn Room 2.13)
11.15 Nonlinear generalised minimum variance state-space control, Prof Mike Grimble and Mr Pawel Majecki
12.00 Algorithms and computational issues in nonlinear predictive control, Dr Andrzej Ordys and Mr J Balderud
12.45 LUNCH (in Killearn Room 2.13)
13.30 Applications of nonlinear predictive control, Dr L Giovanini and Mr A Dutka
14.15 Nonlinear controller tuning and benchmarking demonstration, Mr Pawel Majecki and Prof M J Grimble
15.00 TEA / COFFEE (in Killearn Room 2.13)
15.15 Servo system control with severe nonlinearities, Dr M MacDonald and Mr Peter Martin
15.45 Neural methods of nonlinear control and system identification, Dr A Hussain and Mr A Zayed
16.15 Introduction to fuzzy neural modelling and identification for nonlinear systems, Dr R Katebi and Mr Sergio Enrique Pinto-Castillo
16.45 Round Table with industrial views (Close 17.15)



On-line Registration Form

On-line registration is closed for this event.

Ms Sheila Campbell
The University of Strathclyde
Industrial Control Centre
Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
Glasgow
G1 1QE
tel.: 0141-548 2378
fax.: 0141-548 4203
email: s.campbell@eee.strath.ac.uk