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11 new Open Invited Tracks !

We are happy to announce this week 11 new open invited track contributions. The total count is now 56.

New submitted topics are:
Automotive Advanced Control Demonstrators; Security and Privacy for Networked Multi-agent Cyber-physical systems; Traffic modeling, estimation and control; Advances in Real-Time Optimization of Uncertain Process Systems; Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Mechatronic Systems and Motion Control; Modeling and Control of Micro and Nano systems for Nanosciences and Nanorobotics; Wind turbine and wind farm control: Control challenges and solutions; Robust vision based landing of aerial vehicles; Control of Power Electronic Converters; Industrial Engineering for Hospital and Home Healthcare; Mechanical design and advanced control methodologies for flexible systems.

Title: Automotive Advanced Control Demonstrators
Track proposed by:  Pierre Melchior, Serge Boverie, Xavier Moreau, Michel Basset
Abstract:  The integration of Mechanical Engineering with Electronics and Automatic Control, explains the spectacular advances made by motor vehicles in the last decades, concerning emissions, fuel consumption, safety, diagnosis and comfort, and will, of course, be the key to future progress too. Recent developments in the area of intelligent autonomous vehicles aim at performing complex navigation and motion tasks in cooperation with other vehicles, human operated systems, and its environment. This Open Invited Track is available to gather all scientific contributions to be presented at the World Congress in the dedicated Automotive Advanced Control Demonstrators sessions. During the 2017 IFAC World Congress, a focus is made on the application of Automatic Control in Automotive domain, through:

  • Demonstration vehicles
  • Demonstrations of new onboard functions
  • Systems and equipment demonstrations
  • Exhibition of ground transportation systems
  • Autonomous vehicles including mobile robots

The partners are proposed to register for:

  • Static indoor demonstrations or exhibition booth: Actuators, ADAS, …
  • Static outdoor demonstrations with dedicated space
  • Outdoor open road demonstration
  • Outdoor private road demonstration
  • Outdoor test area.

This Open Invited Track aims at combining industrial and academic automotive demonstrators. All scientific fields, methodologies and applicable technologies of automatic control are concerned, including:

  • Modeling
  • Control Supervision Diagnosis of automotive systems ADAS Automotive sensors and actuators Power trains Vehicle dynamic systems Integrated traffic Connected vehicles.

Associated scientific demonstrator papers will have the same status as any other IFAC 2017 contribution. A specific international scientific committee will be in charge of evaluation of these contributions. They can be submitted as “contributed paper”, “contributed survey paper”, or “contributed extended abstract”. Papers that fall in the demonstrator category will be presented in dedicated sessions.
Code for submitting contributions: 56e4e
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Title: Security and Privacy for Networked Multi-agent Cyber-physical systems
Track proposed by:  Subhrakanti Dey, Ling Shi, George J. Pappas, Bruno Sinopoli
Abstract:  Cyber-physical systems will constitute many of the next generation engineered systems, integrating control, communication and computing to gether, and forming the core of many important future critical infrastructure facilities, advanced healthcare systems, and smart autonomous systems. Ensuring security and privacy of such systems from malicious attackers is critical. Recent surge of research activities in cyber-physical security of networked cyber-physical systems confirms the need and importance of such research. In the proposed invited session, we are soliciting contributions that investigate security and privacy of multi-agent networked cyber-physical systems from a variety of view-points, such as (i) cyber-physical security of networked control systems, (ii) game-theoretic security and privacy of networked systems, (iii) information-theoretic security and privacy of cyber-physical systems, as well as application-specific investigations in large-scale process control systems, smart grid and industrial automation for example.
Code for submitting contributions: i5566
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Title: Traffic modeling, estimation and control
Track proposed by:  Claudio Roncoli, Ketan Savla, Carlos Canudas de Wit
Abstract:  Increasing travel demand, combined with relatively slower growth in physical capacity, is leading to increased congestion in several metropolitan areas. Rapid advancements in sensing, computing, and communication technologies, and their increasing adoption, are opening up possibilities to develop deeper insights into traffic dynamics, and to estimate and control traffic in real-time. The proper utilization of these new opportunities has the potential to improve the performance of traffic systems, reduce delays, minimize environmental impact, and increase safety. The objective of this open invited track is to gather representatives from academia to share and discuss ideas on the state of the art, novel theoretical approaches, and practical applications within the field of traffic modeling, estimation and control, especially in the context of emerging technologies.
Code for submitting contributions: 5iv4x
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Title: Advances in Real-Time Optimization of Uncertain Process Systems
Track proposed by:  Timm Faulwasser, Alejandro Gabriel Marchetti, Gregory Francois, Dominique Bonvin
Abstract:  The steadily increasing need for optimal operation of plants and processes with respect to economic and ecological requirements has led to a manifold of research efforts in the field of real-time optimization (RTO) of uncertain process systems. Recent advances on RTO include conditions guaranteeing plant optimality upon convergence based on first-order modification of the optimization problem; conditions guaranteeing feasibility of the whole sequence of RTO iterates, and methods which allow combining data-driven approaches with existing first-principle models. While these developments aim at optimizing steady-state performance based on steady-state measurements, a complementary direction of research proposes the use of transient measurements to tackle the same problem for instance via extremum-seeking concepts. The proposed Invited Open Track aims at gathering recent advances on static and dynamic RTO. The track welcomes contributions on theory and application aspects of RTO. These include static RTO using steady-state measurements, static RTO using transient measurements, dynamic RTO approaches, and their applications. The track specifically aims to bring together researchers working on different RTO methods. This way, it shall provide a platform for presenting theoretical and application-oriented contributions, and it shall foster discussions on new ideas regarding the development of tailored RTO schemes for uncertain process systems.
Code for submitting contributions: 7t459
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Title: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Mechatronic Systems and Motion Control
Track proposed by:  Timm Faulwasser, Juergen Pannek, Andrea Alessandretti
Abstract:  Over the last years, the development of tailored optimization methods and increased computational power have led to a considerable speed-up of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) algorithms such that feedback sampling rates in the order of 1kHz are feasible nowadays. These advances enable real-world implementation of NMPC algorithms for control and coordination of (multi-agent) mechatronic systems. The proposed open invited track focuses particularly on optimization-based predictive control of nonlinear systems collecting latest improvements on implementation and theory develop-ment with respect to mechatronic applications. Amongst others the intended contributions will present novel results on: generalized NMPC formulations combining path-following with force-feedback for robotic manipulators, the issue of stability in path-following NMPC, new updating techniques (real-time iterations and sensitivities) exploiting the geometry of mechatronic control problems, and new distrib-uted NMPC schemes targeting the coordination of multi-agent mechatronic systems. The track specifi-cally aims to bring together researchers from academia and industry. This way, it shall provide a plat-form for presenting theoretical and application-oriented contributions, and it shall foster new ideas and collaborations regarding the tailored design of NMPC for mechatronic systems and motion control problems.
Code for submitting contributions: 3i932
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Title: Modeling and Control of Micro and Nano systems for Nanosciences and Nanorobotics
Track proposed by:  Alina Besancon-Voda, Micky Rakotondrabe
Abstract:  In the last decades, miniaturization entered in all domains of science, technology and every-day life. Micro and nano objects are created and fabricated for a lot of purposes, due to the contributions of various domains like materials, physics, electronics, biology,… Miniaturized mechatronic systems are often used to visualize, to position, to manipulate or to assemble them. These systems suggest however several challenges for the control research community, as they exhibit a large panoply of complex phenomena to be dealt with, like high frequency resonances, nonlinearities, noises in. Modelling and control methodologies for these mechatronic systems are now well-established, but only few of them are benefiting from advanced methods (high order dynamical models, robust or nonlinear control). The aim of this open invited track is to create the opportunity of bringing together control and micro-nano sciences communities around challenges and methodologies issued from different types of such systems. Papers presenting feasibility results of modelling and control methods on simulated models inspired from nanosciences and nanorobotics or even real-time applications are well suited for this open invited track.
Code for submitting contributions: 27r4b
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Title: Wind turbine and wind farm control: Control challenges and solutions
Track proposed by:  Jan-Willem van Wingerden, Paul Fleming, David Schlipf, Kathryn Johnson, Lucy Y. Pao
Abstract:  Controls research plays an important role in wind energy. Advances in controls are making wind turbines more efficient, more reliable, and more cost-effective. Wind turbines have evolved from passively controlled machines to actively controlled machines, and more recently, to distributed machines controlled collectively (wind farms). With this open session, we invite researchers to present their latest results in wind energy control. The attendees of these sessions will learn how controls research can make substantial contributions to wind energy, and they will also get an overview of the latest developments and open issues. Example contributions include: ‘smart’ rotor control, lidar-based control, control of floating turbines, wind farm control, and active power control.
Code for submitting contributions: cdc9w
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Title: Robust vision based landing of aerial vehicles
Track proposed by:  Laurent Burlion, Francois Chaumette, Abdelhamid Chriette, Victor Gibert
Abstract:  Vision based control refers to the use of computer vision in the guidance and control loops. Researches in this field are driven by the needs of many applicative fields such as robotics and aerospace. In this open invited track session, we will focus on the landing phase of aerial vehicles. This track will offer the opportunity to present some recent results on vision based control and their applications to the problem of landing softly and precisely. This vehicle may land on partially unknown and/or even moving areas.
Code for submitting contributions: kt3kd
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Title: Control of Power Electronic Converters
Track proposed by:  Qing-Chang Zhong
Abstract:  Power systems are going through a paradigm change from centralized generation to distributed generation. A huge number of active units including wind farms, solar farms, small distributed energy resources (DERs), electric vehicles, energy storage systems and flexible loads are being integrated into power systems through power electronic converters. This imposes great challenges to the stability, scalability, reliability, security and resiliency of future power systems. Hence, it is vital to develop appropriate control architecture and technologies so that all these different players are able to take part in the regulation of future power systems in an autonomous and responsible way. This is also true for other smaller-scale power systems, e.g. those in more-electric aircraft, all-electric ships, and satellites etc. The control of power electronic converters lies in the heart of these applications and many other energy-related systems. The objective of this open invited track is to join the forces of the communities of control/systems theory and power electronics, from academia and industry, to address various emerging issues in modelling, control, converter design, stability and protection of power electronic conversion systems.
Code for submitting contributions: p15u9
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Title: Industrial Engineering for Hospital and Home Healthcare
Track proposed by:  Maria Di Mascolo, Thibaud Monteiro
Abstract:  The objective of this track is to bring together researchers working on the transferability and adaptability of methods and tools of Industrial engineering for healthcare management, in order to exhibit recent developments in this area.
Specific difficulties encountered in the hospital sector are:

  • difficulty in the setting of the care production mix, within the hospital, but also in the care network;
  • variability of durations of activities constituting the mix of treatments related to the patient state, practitioner, the technique of investigation, etc.;
  • need to provide, on the same production site, some care to be done during the day (ambulatory), during a stay (hospitalization) and immediately (emergency).

The new constraints healthcare systems are faced are:

  • the scarcity of some resources,
  • the reduction of operating budgets,
  • the resource sharing.

Main research themes

  • Hospital information system
  • Strategy, modelling and engineering of hospital systems
  • Management and Resource Planning
  • Logistics and resource configuration
  • Modelling and socioeconomic evaluation of hospital systems
  • Design and management of home healthcare and care networks.

Code for submitting contributions: ug9r5
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Title: Mechanical design and advanced control methodologies for flexible systems
Track proposed by:  Mathieu Grossard, Abdenbi Mohand-Ousaid, Micky Rakotondrabe
Abstract:  The hypothesis of perfect rigidity for the study of systems that exhibit mechanical flexibilities (compliant devices, robot, aircraft, etc.) may prove ineffective in several situations (e.g. increasing accuracy requirements, high-bandwidth and precise operations, etc.). It may be induced naturally by the use of specific technological components composing the system or through the geometry of specific slender structures.
Regardless of the origin of flexibility, such mechatronic systems have a range of deformations and constraints that depend on their topology and the nature of materials used. The combination of mass and stiffness, linked to an exchange between kinetic energy and elastic deformation energy, entails oscillating dynamic behavior. Instrumentation, advanced control and optimal design methodologies can overcome these limitations in some cases. When the design stage allows it, using appropriately sized and controlled flexible structures allows having precise or safe behavior, or/and motions with specifically targeted frequency content. In addition, flexible structures can be manufactured as monolithic 2D parts as well as 3D parts, thanks to rapid advances on additive manufacturing. This technology simplifies the manufacturing procedures and reduces by the way the number of parts required for a given design.
The essential steps of optimal design, modeling, identification, diagnosis and control laws synthesis have to follow specific methodologies to help designing/controlling appropriately such mechanically flexible systems. The aim of this open invited track is to create the opportunity of bringing together control and mechanical sciences communities around challenges and methodologies issued from such systems.
Papers presenting feasibility results of mechanical design and control methodologies on simulated models or real physical systems are well suited for this open invited track. Topics include but not limited to:

  • modelling of flexible/oscillating system,
  • methodologies for advanced control and optimal design,
  • modal identification and diagnosis,
  • manufacturing process,
  • lightweight/compliant structures
  • robot manipulators.

Code for submitting contributions: 8uwy5
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