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Date: 27th - 28th May 2008.
Venue: The University of Liverpool, Liverpool.
Host: The University of Liverpool, Liverpool.
Chair: Dr Q.-C. Zhong
Professor Roger Goodall - A Career in Control
Department of Electronic And Electrical Engineering,
Loughborough University, Loughborough,
Phone: +44 (0)1509 227 029
Professor Roger Goodall graduated from Peterhouse,
Cambridge, in 1968. After working for two years for one of the
GEC companies he joined British Rail's R & D Division in Derby,
where he was involved in a variety of control-related projects
connected with the railway industry. In 1982 he took up an
academic position in the Department of Electronic and Electrical
Engineering at Loughborough University, and is currently Professor of
Control Systems Engineering. His research is concerned with a
variety of practical applications of advanced control, usually for high
performance electro-mechanical systems. He has had a number of research
grants from EPSRC, the EC and industry concerned with active railway
vehicle suspensions, advanced data fusion architectures for aerospace
applications, and targetted processor architectures for implementation
of high-performance controllers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of
Engineering as well as both the IEE and IMechE. He is also well known
internationally for his research in rail vehicle technology and amonst
other external activities he is Chairman of the UK Automatic
Control Council (the UK's national member organization of IFAC),
and will be a Vice-President of IFAC for the triennium 2008-2011.
Control has a strongly mathematical basis, and so a
significant proportion of control-related research in universities is
essentially applied mathematics. However, although the
mathematical foundations are vital to the subject, the true test of the
theoretical developments is in their application, and this excitement
with blending theory and practice to create effective, high-performance
control system solutions is what has driven the speaker's career.
The lecture will present (in a partly narrative, partly technical
manner) the way in which his view of control has developed during his
career: some highly formative experiences immediately after
graduation, a variety of rewarding and very practical projects whilst
working in industry, through to the most recent results emerging from
his current research portfolio.
Dr Simon Watson: Wind turbines: an engineering reliability perspective
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering,
Loughborough University, Loughborough,
Phone - +44 (0)1509 635 348
Educated at the Immingham School, North East
Lincolnshire. BSc in Physics at Imperial College, London (1987), PhD in
Photonuclear Physics at Edinburgh University (1990). Worked as an RA
and then SSO in the Energy Research Unit at the Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory (1990-1999) and then at the green electricity supply company
Good Energy (1999-2001). Appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough
University in 2001.
Professor George Irwin: Control Without Wires
Northern Ireland, UK
Email - email@example.com
Professor George Irwin leads the Intelligent Systems and
Control Research group and is Director of the University Virtual
Engineering Centre at Queen University Belfast. He has been elected
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Member of the Royal
Irish Academy and is a Chartered Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of
the IEE and a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control.
Prof Irwin’s research covers identification, monitoring, and control,
including neural networks, fuzzy neural systems and multivariate
statistics and he has published over 350 research papers and 12 edited
books. He is currently working on wireless networked control systems,
fault diagnosis of internal combustion engines and novel techniques for
fast temperature measurement and was Technical Director of Anex6 Ltd, a
spin out company from his group specialising in process monitoring.
He has been awarded a number of prizes including four IEE Premiums, a
Best Paper award from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the 2002
Honeywell International Medal from the Institute of Measurement and
Control. International recognitions include Honorary Professor at
Harbin Institute of Technology and Shandong University, and Visiting
Professor at Shanghai University.
Professor Irwin is a former Editor-in-Chief of the IFAC Journal Control
Engineering Practice and past chair of the UK Automatic Control
Council. He currently chairs the IFAC Publications Committee and serves
on the editorial boards of several journals.
Currently there is much interest in using off-the-shelf
wireless data networks for monitoring and control. This is stimulated
by the commercial opportunities offered by a growing list of new
technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and 60GHz to support data
streaming, multimedia and internet demands.
This talk will introduce Networked Control Systems (NCS), where
feedback loops are closed using wireless data channels. Here regular
sampling, synchronised control and non-delayed sensing and actuation do
not generally apply. This raises interesting challenges with respect to
the unknown and time-varying transmission delays around the loop.
The aim here is to introduce the research issues arising for modelling,
analysis and control design, to argue the need for integrated control
and communications solutions and to present recent research results.
Professor Henry Wu: e-Automation
Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics,
University of Liverpool,
Brownlow Hill, Liverpool
Phone: +44 (0)151 794 4535
Henry Wu was appointed to the Chair of Electrical
Engineering in 1995, leading the Intelligence Engineering And
Automation group at The University of Liverpool. He is also the
Director of National Instruments e-Automation Laboratory at Liverpool.
He has authored/co-authored more than 350 journal and refereed
conference papers on various aspects of Systems Control, Computational
Intelligence and Electric Power Systems. Professor Wu is a Chartered
Engineer, Fellow of IEE and Senior Member of IEEE. He has served as a
committee member of IEE professional groups and on the committees of
several international conferences. He has given invited lectures at a
number of international conferences and institutions. Professor Wu¹s
research interests include Adaptive Control, Computational
Intelligence, Non-linear System Control, Mathematical Morphology and
Multi-agent Systems, and their applications in electric power systems.
Due to the complexity of modern distributed industrial
systems, a conventional automation system is not capable of providing
sufficient information management and control with high-level
intelligent approaches, as achieving these functionalities requires the
support of comprehensive data management and coordination between
system devices and heterogenous information. This talk is concerned
with a multi-agent based automation platform in which computer
networking and intelligent agent technologies are applied to
distributed industrial systems, and presents a hardware and software
architecture that implements this platform. The open architecture based
on multi-agent systems is developed to allow the implementation of
diverse tasks of distributed automation systems and to permit greater
configurability than can be obtained from a traditional automation
system. The talk also presents a case study of the integration of
information management, condition monitoring and control for power
Dr Paul Mitcheson: Energy harvesting devices
Imperial College London,
South Kensington Campus,
Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 6284
Paul D. Mitcheson received the MEng degree in Electrical
and Electronic Engineering in 2001 and the PhD degree in 2005 both from
Imperial College London. He is currently a Lecturer at Imperial in the
Control and Power Research Group in the Electrical and Electronic
Engineering Department and has research interests in micro-power
generators and their associated power electronics.
Paul has published 7 journal papers and 16 conference papers, mainly in
the area of power MEMS. He has recently released an open source
toolkit for simulation of energy-harvesting devices. He has
authored or coauthored 3 invited papers, presented 3 invited seminars
and given 1 invited tutorial.
Vibration energy harvesting devices is a research topic
which is still increasing in popularity. This is unsurprising
because the potential applications for such devices are many and
varied, ranging from medical health sensors to industrial machine
The challenge of realising sucessful energy-harvesting devices is not
just in the design of the electro-mechanical MEMS or other miniature
device, but also in the design and optimisation of the complete
harvesting system, including the associated generator electronics.
In this talk, I will cover some the basic operation of some different
types of micro-generators, including vibrational and rotational ones,
and look at the analysis and optimisation of such systems. This
will include a look at several areas, including MEMS, integrated
circuits and multi-domain system modelling. I will then talk
about some of the requirements in terms of the application of control
in the MEMS area and persuade you that MEMS offers an excellent
platform for the application of control techniques!
Catherine Armstrong: How to maximise your chances in the academic job market
Department of History & Economic History
Manchester Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Manton Building
Rosamond Street West
off Oxford Road
Catherine Armstrong is a lecturer in the history department at
Manchester Metropolitan University. She had three years experience of
job hunting in the U.K. after getting her PhD before being appointed.
She has also worked for the online jobs board jobs.ac.uk since 2002.
For 18 months jobs.ac.uk has run a career development site adjoined to
its main job search site. Catherine was part of the team that created
the career development site and she has written numerous articles and
white papers for this site as well as having her own blog on the site
reflecting her experiences as a newly appointed academic. She has given
several careers talks to undergraduates and postgraduates at different
universities around the country about going into academia.
This talk will explore the different ways of enhancing
your chance of getting an academic job (research or teaching) in a U.K.
university. It will track the process from C.V.
building/enhancing, finding jobs to apply for, submitting an
application and interview. Advice given will reflect my own personal
experience as a recently appointed permanent lecturer at Manchester
Metropolitan University and also my job as careers writer for
Dr George Oluwande: Windpower Generation Control Challenges
Group Head, Control Technology
Technology Services Division
RWE Npower plc.
Windmill Hill Business Park
Ph.D in Adaptive Control from UMIST, Manchester, 1988 and MBA from the Open University, 2003. Chartered engineer and MIEE.
Joined the Electricity Supply Industry as a Research Officer in 1989 at
the Central Electricity Research Laboratories (CERL), Leatherhead.
Since privatisation has been with National Power and its successor
company RWE npower. Currently, Group Head, Control Technology in the
Technology Services Division of RWE npower. Areas of interest include
applications of advance control and AI technologies to power plants.
Member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Power Plants & Power Systems
The environmental concerns and the need for greater
deployment of renewable energy as a source of sustainable energy means
that there is an expectation of the development of larger windfarms
than those currently in existence. Most of the new windfarms are likely
to be offshore and typically sized to be hundreds of MW. In addition, a
new layer is being added to the system with the establishment of
“offshore transmission operators” (OFTOs). This, the adverse
weather conditions, locations of these proposed windfarms, grid code
compliance and the vagaries of wind are issues that control systems for
such generating plants will have to address.
The presentation will attempt to identify and detail the
challenges that Wind power generation control systems have to contend
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