Joint ACTC /  University of Strathclyde Workshop 



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Workshop on
"Nonlinear Control Design for Industrial Applications"

University of Strathclyde,
Court Senate/Suite, Collins Building,
22 Richmond Street, Glasgow
5th and 6th April 2006

Day One: Introduction to Nonlinear Control for Industrial Processes
Day Two: Future Developments in Nonlinear Industrial Control



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. Alternatively, a printable agenda/registration form is available here.

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations may now available on-line from our Download Centre (for ACTC members only) or simply by clicking on the appropriate link in the agenda below.

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Meeting Description and Agenda

The international workshop will be hosted by Strathclyde University in the Court Senate/Suite, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ. It includes an Introductory day that will be for Industry involving the demonstration of software tools followed by one additional Research orientated day dealing with new results from research programmes.

Aims: This is the second workshop on the subject of Nonlinear Control for real applications. The Industrial Control Centre, cosponsored by the ACTC, IEE, IEEE and EPRSC, aims to pull together scientists, academics, industrialists and practitioners, giving emphasis to applications and new results in nonlinear control. The meeting will cover topics such as:

- Nonlinear predictive control and inverse simulation methods
- Nonlinear generalised minimum variance control
- Nonlinear H-infinity control and Fuzzy- neural control
- Classical nonlinear control
- Intelligent Multiple-Controller frameworks
- Applications across industrial sectors

The workshop represents an exciting opportunity for all attendees to be up-dated with non-linear control state-of-the-art. This event will be a good opportunity for establishing good relationships with partners responsible for developments on nonlinear control


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/Suite, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ


09.00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
09.30 Introduction to Nonlinearities in Process Control and Introduction to Control Design Methods, Dr R Katebi
10.20 Simple Introduction to Nonlinear Generalized Minimum Variance Control, Prof M Grimble
11.10 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
11.30 Demonstrations of New Software Tools for Design and Application Examples, Mr P Majecki
12.20 LUNCH & Hands on Access to NL Design Facility (ICC, Graham Hills Building, Level 7, 50 George Street, Glasgow)
13.15 Introduction to Inverse Simulation for Nonlinear Control, Dr M Bagiev
14.00 Simple Introduction to Predictive Control for Nonlinear Systems, Dr A Ordys
14.45 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
15.00 Simple Control Design Methods for Nonlinear Systems, Prof D Atherton
15.40 Electro-Optic Pointing Servos and Nonlinearities,Mr M McDonald
16.10 A Load of Hot Air: Linearisation of Modified Air Flow Controls in a UK Power Station, I Griffiths, RWE NPower
16.30 Industrial Panel with 10 minute Presentations on Applications where Nonlinearities Dominate and Solutions Needed, Automotive, Aerospace, Process, Metals, Marine, Manufacturing
17.00 Close

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: The University of Strathclyde, Court Senate/Suite, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ


09.00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
09.30 Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Algorithms, Dr M Cannon, Oxford
10.20 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
10.45 Family of Advanced NGMV Nonlinear Control Design, Prof M Grimble
11.30 Demonstration Control and Benchmarking Matlab Tools for NL Systems and Examples, Mr P Majecki
12.10 LUNCH (ICC, Graham Hills Building, Level 7, 50 George Street, Glasgow)
13.15 Sampled-data Modeling and Control of a Class of NL Systems, P Albertos, Valencia Technical University
13.45 Inverse Simulation and Control design Methods and Links to Predictive Control, Dr A Ordys, Dr M Bagiev, Dr L Giovanini, Mr P Czechowski and Prof M Grimble
14.15 Adaptive Control Based on Multiple Models, Switching and Tuning, Dr L Giovanini and Dr A Ordys
14.45 TEA / COFFEE (in Committee Room 1)
15.00 Bumpless transfer under uncertainty and application to benchmarking and hybrid control, Prof J Bentsman, University of Illinois
15.30 Introduction to Hinf Nonlinear Control, Dr T Shenton and Dr G Triantos
16.00 Fuzzy-neural Modelling and Control for Non-linear Systems, Dr R Katebi and Mr S E Pinto-Castillo
16.30 A New Intelligent Multiple Controller Framework for Complex Systems, Dr A Hussain and Mr R Abdullah
17.00 CLOSE