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Symbiotic Relations: Control Theory and Practice

Release time:April 21, 2017 / Siying He

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Symbiotic Relations: Control Theory and Practice

Speaker:Professor Keith Glover, University of Cambridge

Date:April 24th(Monday)9:30 AM

Venue:E706, new main building      

 

Abstract:

In the evolution of systems and control there has been an interesting interplay between the demands of new applications initiating the development of new methodologies and theories, and conversely theoretical or hardware developments enabling new applications. This talk will attempt to describe progress and interactions in relationship. Also the role of design methodologies and theoretical results in the design of practical control systems will be discussed. Examples will take from flight control, automotive engine management together with some emerging areas.    

 

Brief Intro of the Speaker:

Keith Glover studied electrical engineering at Imperial College in London and graduated in June 1967. He worked as an engineer in the communications division for the Marconi Company from 1967 until 1969. From 1969 until 1973 he was a Kennedy Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1973 with a dissertation entitled Structural Aspects of System Identification under the supervision of Prof. Jan C Willems.    

 

After completing his Ph.D., he was an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Southern California. In 1976 he joined the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge where he has been since, with a one year leave of absence in 1983-84 as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra.    

 

At Cambridge, Keith Glover rose through the ranks: University Lecturer from 1976 to 1987, Reader in Control Engineering in 1987, and Professor of Engineering since 1989. He has been Head of the Information Engineering Division from 1993 until 2002, and was Head of the Department of Engineering 2002-09. Keith is a fellow of Sidney Sussex College.    

 

His scientific work spans a wide variety of topics, with as main themes: system identification, model reduction and approximation, robust controller synthesis, and control of aircrafts and engines. He is the author and co-author of two very highly cited articles, both among the most influential papers in the field of systems and control in the 20-th century. His 1984 article in the International Journal on Control on Hankel norm and balanced model reduction marked the beginning of a systematic study on model simplification of dynamical systems. The four-author paper (by J.C. Doyle, K. Glover, P.P. Khargonekar and B.A. Francis) in the 1989 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control revealed the role of the Riccati equation in H∞-control. These and related results were incorporated in a successful software package, the μ-Analysis and Synthesis Toolbox (for use with Matlab), distributed by The Mathworks Inc. and written by GJ Balas, JC Doyle, K Glover, A Packard and R Smith.    

 

This work has been honoured by many awards and several best paper prizes, among these the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award for the most outstanding paper reporting original work in the Transactions, Journals and Magazines of the Societies or in the Proceedings of the IEEE in 1991, for the four-author paper mentioned earlier. Keith Glover was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1993), of the IEEE (1993), of the Institute of Measurement and Control (1999), and of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2000). In 1998 he was awarded the Sir Harold Hartley Medal by the Institute of Measurement and Control. He was the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Control Systems Award.    

 

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