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Last 23 Open Invited Tracks

Submission of open invited tracks closed on September 15. The total number of submitted tracks is exactly 100. The 23 last tracks submitted the week before the deadline are summarized below.

Adaptive User Interfaces for Industrial Applications
Advances in Nonlinear Observers
Advances in Automotive Control
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Controls for Medical and Health Applications
Modeling and Control of Power Generation Systems
Sliding Mode Control Design: Fundamental Concepts and New Challenges
Smart Low voltage DC Microgrid
Process modelling, monitoring, and automation for wastewater treatment
Mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demonstrators
Vibration Control of Complex Structural Systems
Advanced control of comminution processes
Soft Motion Control for Physical Human-System-Interaction
Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control
Dynamics and control in social networks
Reinforcement Learning for Control
Modern Heuristic Optimization Methods in Smart Grids
Interoperability and Adaptability in Networked Organisations of the Future
Interoperability in Cyber Physical Smart and Sensing Systems
Health Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Complex Systems
Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Lithium ion Batteries
Modelling, Control and Fault Diagnosis for Building Energy Management Systems

Title: Adaptive User Interfaces for Industrial Applications
Track proposed by:  Valeria Villani, Cesare Fantuzzi
Abstract:  Nowadays manufacturing systems are increasing in sophistication and complexity, thus embodying always more complex human-machine interfaces (HMIs). In this scenario, human operators experience many difficulties to interact efficiently with modern automatic machines and robotic cells. In particular, elderly people, although having great experience in the industrial process, feel uncomfortable in the interaction with a complex computerized system. Additionally, a complex HMI creates a barrier to young inexperienced or disabled people preventing an effective anagement of the production lines. These problems can be tackled through the introduction of adaptive human-centredHMIs that complement the cognitive capabilities and emotional condition of users by compensating their limitations. This open invited track aims at bringing together and presenting the last innovative advances in the development of adaptive HMIs, ranging from methods to measure worker’s capability and skills and profile users to solutions for adaptation.
Code for submitting contributions: x412i
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Title: Advances in Nonlinear Observers
Track proposed by:  Gildas Besancon, Jaime A. Moreno
Abstract:  Observation problems are fundamental for control, diagnosis and systems operation. Despite of important advances in the last 60 years the observability analysis and the design of nonlinear observers for linear or nonlinear systems remain challenging tasks. This open invited track proposal is intended to be an opportunity to share and exchange on the most recent advances in this basic topic.
Code for submitting contributions: 1j654
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Title: Advances in Automotive Control
Track proposed by:  Xavier Moreau, Michel Basset
Abstract:  Modern society needs made the automotive vehicle the most used transportation mean making a steady growth of the number of vehicle on roads. In the same way, the automotive vehicle has, then, not stopped evolving since the invention of the first automotive at the end of the 19th century to cope with the new mobility needs and to overcome some drawbacks related to the vehicle use. In that way, automotive manufacturers and suppliers as well as academicians made considerable efforts to make the automotive vehicle safer, eco-friendly and more comfortable. For that purpose, continuous innovation has been necessary and developed as well as the numerical tools and methods to reach time and costs constraints. Then, in the last decades, considering the continuous increasing of embedded computing capacities, the automotive vehicle has integrated more and more ECU leading to a more and more automatized vehicle via Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). During the IFAC World Congress’17, within this open track, a focus will be made on the development of new tools and methods dedicated to the conception, the development, the validation, the integration and the monitoring of new embedded functionalities to make the automotive vehicle safer, eco-friendly and more comfortable. More particularly, the following topics will be highlighted: Vehicle dynamics, Powertrain control, Engine control, Hybrid vehicles, Global chassis control, Driver in the loop, Active safety and ADAS, Perception for control, Energy management, Autonomous vehicle, Cars and smarter cities: new services, new applications, for control inducing developments in modeling, identification, observers, control, diagnosis, signal and image processing.
Code for submitting contributions: nk3sy
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Title: Mechatronics, Robotics, and Controls for Medical and Health Applications
Track proposed by:  Tsu-Chin Tsao, Kyoungchul Kong, Kaddour Bouazza-Marouf
Abstract:  Mechatronics principles enable numerous applications related to health and medicine. This session is intended to be a forum of innovative research, state-of-the-art, and emerging technology for health and medicine. Papers addressing mechatronics approach to solving medical and health related challenges are encouraged to submit to this session. These challenges include but are not limited to the following topics: sensing, actuating, and control for medical devices, processes, medical devices and robots; image guided automatic or remotely controlled interventions; assistive devices, exoskeletons, virtual reality, and augmented reality in rehabilitation and medical intervention.
Code for submitting contributions: gg192
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Title: Modeling and Control of Power Generation Systems
Track proposed by:  Joseph Bentsman, Kwang Y. Lee
Abstract:  To satisfy the increasing world energy demand, while conserving the fuel consumption and preserving the environment, the relation between renewables, fossils, and nuclear needs to change dramatically and new clean fossil-based energy generation technologies, like chemical looping, need to come on board. Utilization of all of these energy sources relies on active control. Therefore, cutting edge modeling and control research are great enablers of progress in this area. Power generation at present has a number of hot topics. Fusion, wind-turbine, and solar/thermal power generation control are as hot as ever, clean fossil generation technologies, such as chemical looping and fuel cells, are slowly coming to fruition, and even the fossil-fueled power plant control has to cope now with enormous challenges of integration into a smart gridalongside renewables. The objective of this open invited track is to showcase the innovations in power generation modelling and control across the entire spectrum of power generation systems.
Code for submitting contributions: 5f8k1
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Title: Sliding Mode Control Design: Fundamental Concepts and New Challenges
Track proposed by:  Vadim I. Utkin, Yury Orlov
Abstract:  Sliding mode is long-recognized as a powerful tool to design robust control of nonlinear systems, operating under uncertainty conditions. The tracks of the main concepts,formulated in the "childhood" of sliding mode control (SMC) can readily be observed in any modern research. The current proposal aims to stimulate a discussion on state-of-art of SMC and to share accumulated application experience. One of the main objectives of the forum is to establish bridges between past and current investigations and as a result to prevent misleading statements and exaggerated optimism. Challenging problem statements, involving new analysis tools, design techniques, and significant applications, are encouraged for submission to the present track.
Code for submitting contributions: 4p5ma
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Title:  Smart Low voltage DC Microgrid
Track proposed by:  Kalapana Chauhan, Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, Josep M. Guerrero
Abstract:  With rapid growth of DC loads in the residential as well as in building, the DC nature of most renewable energy resources and energy storage units, DC microgrids arebecoming a viable alternatives. The DC microgrid provides several advantages in terms of redundancy, modularity, fault tolerance, higher efficiency, high reliability, easy maintenance, smaller size and lower design cost. This track provides a platform for researchers and engineers from Academia, Industry and Utility to exchange their knowledge, expertise and experience on DC Microgrid. Topics of the track include, but are not limited to: Economic aspects of microgrids, Topologies of DC distribution systems, Distributed monitoring and control strategy for microgrids, Protection and stability issues in microgrids, DC distribution architectures in buildings, Energy management solutions for microgrids, Power quality issues, Energy storage technologies, Reliability and resiliency of microgrid
Code for submitting contributions: xphf8
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Title:  Process modelling, monitoring, and automation for wastewater treatment
Track proposed by:  Kris Villez, Giacomo Bellandi, Ilse Smets, Marie-Noelle Pons
Abstract:  Process modelling, monitoring, and automation of wastewater treatment systems is challenged by the presence of processes occurring at diverse time-scales, nonlinear phenomena, lack of high-quality data, and the need to handle hard-to-predict variations in the volume and quality of the incoming wastewater. With this session, we solicit for submissions that describe systematic approaches to deal with the severe challenges one confronts when applying computer-based engineering tools in wastewater treatment. Exemplary topics include: Model structure selection and parameter estimation, Methods for data quality evaluation and data reconciliation, Model identification and uncertainty analysis, Process monitoring and control with uncertain models and low-quality data, Advanced control of wastewater treatment systems Preferably, submissions include validation with experimental data, collected in laboratory-scale, pilot-scale, or full-scale processes
Code for submitting contributions: r5vh2
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Title: Mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demonstrators
Track proposed by:  Isabelle Fantoni, Simon Lacroix, Angela P. Schoellig
Abstract:  The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (mini-drones and micro-drones) has known for several years a growing success in a large variety of applications such as infrastructure surveillance, inspection, search and rescue missions, security, mapping, shooting reports. Yet UAVs remain the object of a wide spectrum of research activities, that ranges from innovative designs and flight control to fleets of cooperating systems. The proposed Open Invited Track aims at showcasing scientific contributions on UAVs, in a dedicated flying arena equipped with a motion capture system.
Code for submitting contributions: 4a6p1
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Title:  Vibration Control of Complex Structural Systems
Track proposed by:  Hamid Reza Karimi, Josep M. Rossell, Michael Z. Q. Chen, Ali Zemouche, Weichao Sun
Abstract:  Vibration control, as one of important phenomenons in dynamical systems such as mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems, has been widely studied in control theory and application. It mainly combines a vibrational control mechanism with advanced control algorithms to improve system performance and reduce the influence of vibrations. Especially, due to possible structural nonlinearities and uncertainties in complex structural systems, passive, active or semi-active vibration control echniques are still the challenging problems in the field of engineering control. In particular, this special session is devoted to papers which address the development of mathematical methodologies and mechatronic design issues for vibration analysis and control problems of complex structural systems, including non-linear dynamics, sensors and actuators selection and location, experimental results, for instance.
Code for submitting contributions: 6782b
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Title:  Advanced control of comminution processes
Track proposed by:  Johan Derik Le Roux, Ian Craig
Abstract:  This session focusses on the modelling, control and optimisation of comminution processes in the mineral processing industry. Cost pressures and a competitive economic environment provides a challenge to process engineers to seek operating conditions where the largest economic benefit is achieved. Although plant-wide controland economic optimisation is becoming more prevalent in other process industries, it has yet to be extended to the mineral processing industry. Part of the challenge is to establish reliable models applicable over large ranges of operation, to obtain sufficient real-time information from sensors and soft-sensors to apply control, and subsequently to implement advanced process control strategies in industry. In relation to the aim of economic optimisation, the session aims to discuss the development and application of models and soft-sensors suitable for advanced process control of comminution processes.
Code for submitting contributions: 844v3
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Title:  Soft Motion Control for Physical Human-System-Interaction
Track proposed by:  Kenta Seki, Tomoyuki Shimono
Abstract:  Future mechatronic systems are expected to realize direct support for human activities. Achievement of physical interaction between human and system is an important technical issue. Especially, physical support systems should attain precise control function of contact force. Then, haptics will be a key technology for realization of soft interaction. The scope of this open track is to present the most innovative results to the large audience of IFAC 2017 World Congress. Topics of interest include, but are not limitedto; - Real World Haptics - Force Control and Compliance Control - Force Feedback Control in Teleoperation - Power Assist Control - Medical and Rehabilitation Applications - Acquisition and Recognition of Human Motion - Sensors and Actuators for Physical Support Systems - High Backdrivability in Actuation system.
Code for submitting contributions: x7g3g
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Title:  Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control
Track proposed by:  Harald Weber, Walter Sattinger, Torsten Haase, Salaheddin Alali
Abstract:  With the increased installation of mainly uncontrolled renewable energy sources the operation of interconnected electrical networks are becoming a challenge in the future. In smaller networks like the network of Ireland the increase of production of electrical power from wind farms together with the reduction of operating conventional power plants resulted in beginning instability of the frequency because of loss of rotating masses in the system. But also inter-area oscillations, frequency stability, uncontrolled transit load flows, voltage quality and reliable supply of consumers are emerging problems concerning the transition of the energy systems in the future. Therefore this Open Invited Track has to address these well known influences and to describe solutions for these still open problems. So topics like virtual rotating masses, virtual power plants, active and reactive power control from renewable sources, phase shifting transformers and network stabilisation proposals are of interest.
Code for submitting contributions: v146t
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Title:  Agro-Automation
Track proposed by:  Arto Visala, Hiroshi Shimizu
Abstract:  This proposal is for an open invited track (OIT) on the problem of sensing, automation and control in agriculture. For robotics in Agriculture, there is a parallel OIT. The main goals of this OIT are to discuss and analyze system level research on sensing, control and automation indifferent areas of agriculture for increasing agricultural productivity, improving worker health and safety, optimizing resource utilization, and reducing labor requirements. The systems should be tested in real context.
Code for submitting contributions: 262j7
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Title:  Agro-Robotics
Track proposed by:  Arto Visala, Noboru Noguchi
Abstract:  This proposal is for an open invited track (OIT) on the problem of robotics in agriculture. For sensing and automation in Agriculture, there is a parallel OIT. The main goals of this OIT are to discuss and analyze system level research on robotics in different areas of agriculture for increasing agricultural productivity, improving worker health and safety, optimizing resource utilization, and reducing labor requirements. For example for automatic driving of tractors in crop farming and otherwork-machines, there exist a lot of commercial products, which are used widely. Milking robots are widely used, too. The research systems should be tested in real context
Code for submitting contributions: vu9rx
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Title:  Dynamics and control in social networks
Track proposed by:  Paolo Frasca, Giacomo Como
Abstract:  With the diffusion of new technology platforms for online interaction, as well as the proliferation of personalized sensing and tracking devices, huge amounts of data are collected and exchanged every day, detailing our behaviors, preferences, and relationships. These technologies are ransforming the way individuals make decisions and therefore have a critical impact on our societies, ranging from politics (campaigns, elections, social unrests), to consumer choices (adoption of new technologies and products), as well as user behaviors in critical infrastructure networks (transport, energy). This open track seeks to provide a forum to discuss the most recent contributions of the control systems community to understanding and harnessing these phenomena. Topics of interest to the track include: empirically grounded theoretical frameworks for analysis of opinion dynamics, information flows, communication, influence, learning, and cascades in social systems; efficient, local, and scalable algorithms for inference with social data; game-theoretic modeling and design of incentive mechanisms for steering social behaviors towards desired outcomes; architectures for the exchange of information, social interaction, and crowdsourcing.
Code for submitting contributions: a2iqm
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Title:  Reinforcement Learning for Control
Track proposed by:  Lucian Busoniu, Robert Babuska, Sarangapani Jagannathan
Abstract:  Reinforcement learning (RL) offers a principled way to control nonlinear stochastic systems with partly or even fully unknown dynamics. Recent advances in areas such as deep learning and adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) have led to significant inroads in applications from robotics, automotive systems, smart grids, game playing, traffic control, etc. This open track provides a forum of interaction and an outlet for novel contributions at the cutting edge of RL for control, addressing open issues such as safety and performance guarantees, computational complexity, large-scale systems, multiagent or partially observable problems, etc. We are particularly interested in the -- so far largely unexplored -- interactions between artificial-intelligence and control-theoretic approaches to RL; deep learning and ADP are two typical such areas that have stayed mostly separate on the two respective sides. We seek contributions on methods and analysis of RL for control, as well as on its applications in engineering, artificial intelligence, operations research, economics, medicine, and other relevant fields. We equally welcome surveys by established researchers in the field.
Code for submitting contributions: 53f38
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Title:  Modern Heuristic Optimization Methods in Smart Grids
Track proposed by:  Kwang Y. Lee, Istvan Erlich
Abstract:  Heuristic search and optimization is a new and modern approach for solving complex problems that overcome many shortcomings of traditional optimization techniques. Heuristic optimization techniques are general purpose methods that are very flexible and can be applied to many types of objective functions and constraints. Developing solutions with these tools offers two major advantages: development time is much shorter than when using more traditional approaches, and the systems are very robust, being relatively insensitive to noisy and/or missing data/information known as uncertainty. n competitive electricity market along with increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, heuristicoptimization methods are very useful. As electric utilities are trying to provide smart solutions with economical, technical (secure, stable and good power quality) and environmental goals, there are several challenging issues in the smart grid solutions such as, but not limited to, forecasting of demand, weather, price, ancillary services; penetration of distributed and renewable energy sources; bidding strategies of participants; power system planning and control; operating decisions under missing information and big data; increased distributed generations, energy storage ystems, and demand response in the electric market. The objective of this Open Invited Track is to review the state of the art technologies in the modern heuristic ptimization techniques and present case studies how these techniques have been applied in smart grids.
Code for submitting contributions: y462d
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Title:  Interoperability and Adaptability in Networked Organisations of the Future
Track proposed by:  Georg Weichhart, Christian Stary, David Romero
Abstract:  We are welcoming papers to this open invited track from and Informatics, Complex Adaptive Systems, Enterprise Information Systems and Knowledge management point of view.
Code for submitting contributions: q7gx1
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Title: Interoperability in Cyber Physical Smart and Sensing Systems
Track proposed by:  Hervé Panetto, Arturo Molina, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves, Stadzisz Paulo C., Qing-Shan Jia
Abstract:  The sensing enterprise is a digital business innovationconcept making Internet of Things, Service Oriented Architectures and Advanced Human Computer Interactions converge for more agile, flexible and proactive management of unexpected events in the global value networks of today. In essence, it concerns the adoption of Future Internet technologies for the virtual enterprise and its value network. Translating the same concept to production systems in manufacturing enterprises, and moreover to Smart Systems in general (smart manufacturing, smart cities, smart logistics …), the capability by next generation systems sensing, modelling and interpreting the signals from the real world is a pre-requisite for a more flexible and agile reconfiguration of those smart systems. Intuitively, a sensing system requires resources and machineries to be constantly monitored, configured and easily interacted by blue collar workers. All these functions, and much more indeed, are now implemented by so-called Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). With advent of the new paradigms of Industrial Internet-of-Things and Cyber-Physical Systems, the number and the diversity of systems that need to work together in the future enterprises have significantly increased. This trend highlights the need to shift the interoperability aradigm from the classic consideration of interoperating pair of systems, towards the interoperability as a capability to sense and perceive the exchanged messages, as well as to purposefully and socially act upon their perceptions. Such a shift could have important consequences on the future architecture design of these systems. The emergence of cloud based technologies will have a significant impact on the design and implementation of cyber physical systems; using such novel technologies, collaborative engineering practises will increase globally which will enable a new generation of small scale industrial organizations to function in an information centric manner. The potential of such technologies in fostering a leaner and more agile approach towards engineering is also very high. Engineers and engineering organizations no longer have to be restricted to the availability of advanced processing capabilities.
Code for submitting contributions: 4u432
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Title: Health Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Complex Systems
Track proposed by:  Hamid Reza Karimi, Peng Shi, Mohammed Chadli
Abstract:  Due to the increasing demands on reliability, safety, maintenance as well as economic performance in operation of real physical systems, there is a rapid growth of research development on health monitoring and fault detection and isolation (FDI) with applications to modern complex systems including electrical systems, mechanical systems, structures. The primary objective of this Special Session is to provide up-to-date discussions on technical trends and advanced methodologies in health monitoring and fault diagnosis of such complex systems.
Code for submitting contributions: 37h88
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Title: Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Lithium ion Batteries
Track proposed by:  Jason Siegel
Abstract:  One of the key challenges for adoption of electric vehicles is the cost of batteries. Battery packs for automotive vehicles are typically oversized, by as much as 30%, to allow for both uncertainty in the usage requirements anddegradation of the cells over time. A better estimation of the cell state in real-time and with optimal placement of sensors in commercial packaging constraints would increase the battery utilization and inform higher level energy- and power-management systems. Consumer concerns such as range anxiety can be alleviated though better estimates of battery states and parameters coupled with predictive models of battery performance over the life of the cell. Expansion of the lithium ion battery active materials during charging (lithiation) and thermal cycling leads to mechanical degradation, particle cracking and de-lamination of the electrodes resulting in capacity loss and growth in internal resistance. Therefore models of the concentrationgradients and resulting expansion as a function of temperature and C-rate are needed. Given these coupled Multiphysics models estimation techniques need to be developed which consider the mechanical response of the electrode, in addition to traditional current, voltage and temperature measurements to improve the accuracy of State of Charge (SOC) and State of Health (SOH) estimation. The objective of this open session is to highlight the state of the art in battery modeling and control for automotive systems.
Code for submitting contributions: ndtgw
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Title: Modelling, Control and Fault Diagnosis for Building Energy Management Systems
Track proposed by:  Christophe Aubrun, Dominique D.J. Sauter
Abstract:  Recent studies have shown that building represent 40 % of the global energy demand in industrialized countries. Moreover, 90% of the buildings life cycle carbon emissions occur during their operational phase, mainly as consequence of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), lighting and appliances energy use. These studies has also pointed out that 20% of energy loss are due to poorly maintained, degraded, or improperly controlled HVAC equipment. Within this context, energy efficiency could be improved by developing effective control strategies and continuous commissioning for building Energy ManagementSystems (BEMS).
Code for submitting contributions: 816qu
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