The Advanced Control Technology Club
PID Control Workshop

Hosted by University of Sussex, 27th July 1999

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to Club Members only) from our Download Centre, or simply click 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.


This ACT Club event will focus on practical tools for the design and tuning of PID controllers. New techniques will also be considered for transport delay compensation and for the optimisation of performance. Practical problems of implementing and commissioning PID controllers will also be discussed. Finally there will be an opportunity to meet members of staff in the Control group of the University of Sussex.

Coffee and Registration
Welcome and Outline of the Workshop
Prof. Derek Atherton, University of Sussex
News of Future ACT Club Events and Activities
Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club
PID Controllers, Parameter Evaluation, Autotuning and Limitations
Prof. Derek Atherton, University of Sussex
Systematic PID Design by Frequency-Domain Parameter-Space Methods
Dr. Tom Shenton, Liverpool University
Optimal PID Tuning using Direct Search Methods
Dr. G.P. Liu, Alstom
PID Controllers for a High Volume Market
Dr. George Turnbull, ICS Ltd. [327KB]
PID Controller Design Using Restricted Structure LQG Optimal Control
Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club
Recent Industrial Innovations for PID Autotuners
Prof. Mike Johnson, Strathclyde University
Open Discussion

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held in building Engg Stage 1 on the main Campus of University of Sussex. A map of the Campus is available here.

The campus is served by Falmer Train Station, which has a regular service to Brighton Train Station, which connects to both Gatwick and Luton Airports. More detailed travel information on how to get to the University of Sussex is available here.

The following is a list of some Hotels in Brighton.

Stakis Bedford Hotel, 137 Kings Road, Brighton. Tel.: 01273 329 744
We are holding the ACT Club Steering Group meeting at this hotel and have a few rooms reserved for the night of 26th July. The rate for these rooms is 70 per person for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Please contact Lorna if you wish to take one of these rooms. Important: We must be notified of any cancellations of accommodation prior to 23rd July.

Belgrave Hotel, 64 Kings Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 323221
Rooms 60-90

Quality Hotel, West Street, Brighton, DN1 2RQ. Tel: 01273 220033
Single 47 Double 57 (Sussex University Corporate Rate)

Kings Hotel, 139-141 Kings Road, Brighton. Tel: 01273 820854
Rooms 30-50

Granville Hotel, 124 Kings Road, Brighton, Tel: 01273 326302
B&B from 37.50

Brighton Sprachcaffe Hotel, Kings Road (opposite West Pier). Tel: 01273 323161
Rooms from 25.00