Pedro Albertos

UPV. Spain
Professor Emeritus

Iven Mareels

IBM Research

Teaching feedback and control to non-specialists

Prof. Em Pedro Albertos. UPV. Spain and Prof. Iven Mareels. IBM Research Australia

In this lecture, we explain how we may educate a broad audience about the multidisciplinary character of feedback and control through several examples drawn from various fields of Science and Engineering. Following this approach, the basic concepts such as dynamics, stability, robustness, tracking or regulation may be introduced in an informal way, capturing the interest of researchers outside of the field of automatic control. To this purpose, the speakers have developed written and multimedia material that facilitates the access to these concepts “on demand”, and in such a way that a wide audience may get a first glimpse of these key concepts in a relatively easy manner. 

In the talk, details of both, the book “Feedback and Control for Everyone” as well as the Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) “Dynamics and Control”, will be presented and discussed.

Pedro Albertos, past president of IFAC (the International Federation of Automatic Control) in 1999-2002, IFAC Fellow, IFAC Advisor and Life Senior Member of IEEE, is a world recognized expert in real-time control, leading several projects in the field. Full Professor since 1975, he is currently Emeritus Professor at Systems Engineering and Control Dept. UPV, Spain. He is Doctor Honoris-Causa from Oulu University (Finland) and Bucharest Polytechnic (Rumania). Invited Professor in more than 20 Universities, he delivered seminars in more than 30 universities and research centers. Authored over 300 papers, book chapters and congress communications, co-editor of 7 books and co-author of “Multivariable Control Systems” (Springer 2004) and “Feedback and Control for Everyone” (Springer 2010). This last book has received the Harold Chesnut best text-book award at the past IFAC World Congress in Toulouse (Juy 2017). He has been also associated editor of Automatica and Control Engineering Practice and Editor in Chief of the Spanish journal RIAI. His research interest includes multivariable control and non-conventional sampling control systems, with focus on time delays and multirate sampling patterns. 

Plenary Slides


Since Feb 2018, Iven Mareels is the Director for IBM Research in Australia and honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018). 

He received the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987, and the Master of Engineering (Electromechanical) from Gent University in 1982.

IBM Research is about the future of computing, serving the motto of “Famous for Science, and Vital to IBM”. To this end, future talent is extremely important, and IBM supports STEM education from P-Tech schools to IBM PhD fellowships. IBM is a strong advocate for diversity.

Iven has supervised 45 PhD and 18MPhil students to completion, and he is developing another 3 PhD students. For his contributions to (control engineering) research and education Iven has received numerous awards, inter alia Iven is a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium,  a Fellow of The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Australia; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Federation of Automatic Control, Engineers Australia and he is a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.


Feedback and Control


The 2017 Winner of the IFAC Harold Chestnut  Control Engineering Textbook Prize (The IFAC World Congress, Toulouse - July 2017)