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