University of Strathclyde Workshop 


Workshop on
"Advances in Real-Time Control of Nonlinear Systems"

University of Strathclyde,
Court Senate/Suite, Collins Building,
22 Richmond Street, Glasgow
5th, 6th & 7th September 2007

Day One: Graphical System Design for Control using LabVIEW
Day Two: Real-time Nonlinear Control and Industrial Applications
Day Three: Advances in Nonlinear Real Time 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. 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.

Members of the IEE and the Control and Automation PN are eligible for a discounted rate.

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.

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.

Meeting Description

Venue: The workshop will be hosted by the University of Strathclyde in co-operation with the University of Glasgow

Aims: This is the third workshop on the subject of Nonlinear Control for real applications. The Industrial Control Centre, co-sponsored by the EPSRC, ACTC, IET, InstMC, IEEE, IEEE-UKRI, and National Instrument, aims to pull together scientists, academics, industrialists and practitioners, giving emphasis to applications and new results in nonlinear control.

This workshop follows in a tradition of two previous meetings both concerned with nonlinear control systems, design and applications. However, this workshop will have the special theme associated with the real-time control of nonlinear dynamical systems. A real-time control system normally involves a computer system of limited resources that introduces a range of additional implementation problems. The problems of nonlinearities often limit the performance of real systems or in extreme cases can cause instabilities leading to major shut downs and loss of production or even dangerous failures.

This is an important area with a wide variety of applications in automotive and machinery controls and for applications in the process industries, including the design of supervisory control and data acquisition systems. It is relevant to the control of robots and servo systems and for the embedded systems in machine tools or domestic devices.

The first day of the 3-day event will be organised jointly with National Instruments and will dwell upon technology for real-time control.

The second day of the 3-day event will be aimed at engineers in industry and the speakers will provide tutorial introductions to the different real-time nonlinear algorithms and techniques, stressing the industrial applications advantages and benefits.

The third day of the 3-day meeting will focus on scientific advances in the subject and on recent theoretical developments. It is envisaged that developments in nonlinear predictive control, control of hybrid systems and distributed control systems will be covered. Problems in the implementation of advanced control and signal processing methods will be considered and their use in embedded systems for applications such as gas turbine controls and for networked systems control. In addition, the third day will be particularly appropriate for development engineers and for researchers in academia. The level of the presentations will be suitable for research students and there will be demonstrations of hardware and software tools in the coffee breaks and the lunch periods. The new software and hardware tools are suitable for both real time control and for control systems design.

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 to establish good relationships with partners responsible for developments on nonlinear control.

Day One: Graphical System Design for Control using LabVIEW

Summary: The aim of this day is to introduce the technology for real-time implementation of nonlinear control techniques and to discuss the problems of real-time control and the new developments which simplify the process.

VENUE: Registration: Room R2.13, Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW
VENUE: Workshop: Room R2.15 Royal College Building, 204 George Street


09.20 Welcome and Introduction, Prof M Grimble and Dr Andy Clegg,
09.30 An overview of the new technology for real-time control, Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh
10.30 TEA / COFFEE
10.45 Introduction to NI Predictive Control Toolbox Development and Applications Studies, Miss Luisella Balbis, University of Strathclyde
11.30 Using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf tools for Rapid Control Prototyping, Robert Morton, National Instrument
12.30 LUNCH
13.40 Control Design Hands-On, Mr Mike Bailey, NI and Dr Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh
14.40 TEA / COFFEE
15.10 Control Design Hands-On (continued), Mr Mike Bailey, NI and Dr Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh
16.00 TEA / COFFEE
16.15 Introduction to a design package for nonlinear control algorithms, Dr Pawel Majecki, University of Strathclyde
17.00 CLOSE

Day Two: Real-time Nonlinear Control Day for Industry

Summary: The aim of this day is to introduce nonlinear control techniques that are particularly relevant to realtime implementation and to discuss the problems of real-time control and the new developments which simplify the process.

VENUE: The University of Strathclyde, Court Senate/Suite, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
VENUE: 1315-1400 hrs Laboratory, Graham Hills Building, Level 7, 50 George Street


09.30 Welcome and introduction, Professor Mike Grimble and Dr Andrew Clegg
09.40 Developments in real-time control software and hardware systems, Andrew Watchorn, National Instruments
10.10 Industrial importance of real-time control and a design example, Dr Nick Brignall, SELEX
10.40 TEA / COFFEE
10.50 The design of nonlinear predictive controllers for real-time implementation: a graphical user interface, Dr Reza Katebi and Luisella Balbis
11.20 Problems of real-time control in the process Industries, Dr Travis Hesketh, Emerson Process Control
12.10 LUNCH
13.15 Real-time control software and hardware demonstrations
14.15 Problems of real-time control in the automotive industry, Dr Jon Caine, Ford Motor Company
14.45 TEA / COFFEE
15.00 Impact of nonlinearities and problems in real-time control for the petrochemical industry, Dr Paul Oram, BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd
15.30 Intelligent and non-linear control design for autonomous vehicle systems, Dr Amir Hussain, University of Stirling
16.00 CLOSE

Day Three: Advances in Real Time Control

Summary: The aim of day two is to provide a more detailed introduction to new developments and design techniques and to encourage links between academia and industry. 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


09.30 Welcome and introduction, Professor Bill Leithead and Dr Reza Katebi
09.40 Stochastic MPC with Additive and Multiplicative Uncertainty and its Appplication, Professor Basil Kouvaritakis, University of Oxford
10.30 The design of simple nonlinear predictive controllers and real time implementation, Prof Mike Grimble, University of Strathclyde
11.10 The design of predictive controllers for nonlinear applications, Dr Eric Kerrigan, Imperial College London
11.50 LUNCH
13.00 Application of nonlinear predictive control and inverse simulation methods to helicopter controls, Dr Marat Bagiev, University of Glasgow
13.40 Nonlinear Control Applications of State Dependent Parameter models, Dr James Taylor, Lancaster University
14.30 The design of nonlinear controllers for the process industries, Professor Hong Wang, University of Manchester
15.10 Development and Application of Design Techniques for Industrial Application, Dr Silvio Simani, University of Ferrara
16.00 Kernel-based reinforcement learning control for uncertain nonlinear system, Dr Xin Xu, National University of Defense Technology, China
16.40 Round Table
17.30 Close

Additional Information:

Event Venue

Travel Directions.

How to get to Strathclyde University.

How to get to Collins Building Venue

How to get to John Anderson Campus

Day One: Workshop Registration Venue: Royal College Building

Lunch Venue - Day One: Royal College Building

Lunch Venue - Day Two & Three: Graham Hills Building


The nearby hotels offer a wide range of accommodation.

Information for speakers

A computer projector (up to XGA Resolution) and laptop with MS PowerPoint 2002 will be available for use. All presentations we receive electronically will be loaded onto this PC and checked for compatibility. Speakers can also use their own computers for the presentation if that is more convenient. If any additional audio visual equipment is required, then please contact us as soon as possible, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

We would appreciate a copy of the material (slides/transparencies) that you are going to present one week prior to the meeting. We use these to provide the delegates with a bound set of pre-prints at the meeting. We can accept most formats electronically. A paper copy would be a useful backup. Many Thanks.

On-line registration is closed for this event.

Ms Sheila Campbell
The University of Strathclyde
Industrial Control Centre
Graham Hills Building
50 George Street
G1 1QE
tel.: 0141-548 2378
fax.: 0141-548 4203