Plenary Speaker - Prof. Sarah Spurgeon

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Her research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently Vice President Publications of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is currently a Vice President of the IET and is a past President of the Engineering Professor Council, the representative body for engineering in higher education.

The case for switched control and estimation and its application in the automotive sector

Professor Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, UK

Abstract: Since the topic of sliding mode control was introduced to the international control community following early pioneering work in the former Soviet Union in the 1960’s, the methodology has received a great deal of attention across a broad range of application domains. Fundamental to the approach is its total invariance to an important class of parameter variations and uncertainty. A further advantage is that the dynamic behaviour of the system may be directly tailored by the choice of a so-called switching function - essentially this switching function can be thought of as a measure of the desired performance. This presentation will begin with a review of the basic properties and terminology of such discontinuous controllers. By appealing to highly conserved and robust controllers from biology, the case for discontinuous control as an underpinning element for robustness in both the control and observation of large scale and complex systems will be made. Recent work with the automotive sector will then be considered where the disruptive effect of the introduction of electric vehicles has stimulated industry to completely revisit established designs and supply chains. Work will be described which has used sliding mode techniques to develop Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABSs) for next generation electric vehicles. The performance of an intelligent hybrid distribution scheme, which accommodates the constraints of a regenerative braking system to achieve high energy recuperation across a range of braking modes will finally be reviewed.

Plenary Speaker - Prof. Jay H. Lee

Jay H. Lee obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1986, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1991. From 1991 to 1998, he was with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University, AL, as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor. From 1998-2000, he was with School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, and then with the School of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta from 2000-2010. Since 2010, he is with the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he was the department head from 2010-2015. He is currently a Professor, Associate Vice President of International Office, and Director of Saud Aramco-KAIST CO2 Management Center at KAIST. He has held visiting appointments at E. I. Du Pont de Numours, Wilmington, in 1994 and at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1997. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award in 1993 and was elected as an IEEE Fellow and an IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Fellow in 2011 and AIChE Fellow in 2013. He was also the recipient of the 2013 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award given by the AIChE’s CAST Division and the 2016 Roger Sargent Lecturer at Imperial College, UK. He is currently an Editor of Computers and Chemical Engineering and also the chair of IFAC Coordinating Committee on Process and Power Systems. He published over 180 manuscripts in SCI journals with more than 13000 Google Scholar citations. His research interests are in the areas of system identification, state estimation, robust control, model predictive control, and reinforcement learning with applications to energy systems, bio-refinery, and CO2 capture/conversion systems.

The Role of Process Systems Engineering (PSE) on the Path to Carbon Neutral Chemical Process Industry

Prof. Jay H. Lee
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea

Abstract: Despite the clear mandate towards the goal of carbon neutrality, the current pace of progress for the transition to renewable energy and the decarbonization of chemicals production is rather slow. The key challenge facing countries and industries is identifying low-carbon solutions that are economically feasible yet impactful in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Process systems engineering (PSE) is a field of research that applies methodological guidelines and systematic tools for process synthesis, design, operation, and evaluation. In this regard, PSE plays a critical role as an intermediary, bridging bench-scale R&D to higher-level policy and deployment decisions. In this talk, we examine the various paths to achieving carbon-neutrality including recycling, carbon capture and conversion, (CCU) and bioconversion, and important factors for them to succeed. We discuss the role of PSE tools, e.g., modeling, optimization, and life-cycle analysis, to assess their feasibilities and to build the most realistic path forward by combining them. Computer-aided tools for analysis and synthesis can be extremely helpful and the software called ArKaTAC3 being developed for this purpose will be introduced.

Plenary Speaker - Prof. Guy Dumont

Dr. Guy Dumont is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC where he is an Associate Member of the Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics as well as an Associate member of the School of Biomedical Engineering. Since 2003, he has been a Distinguished University Scholar, a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence (2011-12) and a Peter Wall Scholar (2018-19). He is also a founding member of the newly created UBC-CNRS Maxwell-Berger Underground Research Laboratory located in Rustrel, France. A control and signal processing expert by training, he co‐founded and co‐directs with Mark Ansermino the Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine (ECEM) research group, now known as the Digital Health Innovations Lab (DHIL). For over 20 years, he has been collaborating with clinicians, health care researchers and life scientists in the area of physiological monitoring in the operating room, the intensive care unit, and more recently in mobile health and global health. Together with Mark Ansermino, he received the 2010 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. In 2016, he was awarded his third NSERC Synergy Award, this time for the development of the Phone Oximeter. Since 2000, he has been working on closed-loop control of total intravenous anesthesia, work that has resulted in the development of the NeuroSense depth-of-hypnosis monitor and the iControl system for automatic effect-guided administration of propofol and remifentanil. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC and in 2017, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2020 he was awarded the IEEE Control System Society Transition to Practice Award for world-leading research in adaptive control, process control and biomedical engineering and its transfer to practical use in industry and society.

From Process Control to Biomedical Engineering: The Broad Reach of Control Engineering

Prof. Guy Dumont
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Abstract: Karl Aström once famously called automatic control the hidden technology in recognition of the fact that despite its pervasiveness, it is rarely mentioned. Control is indeed a critical component of numerous processes and technologies used in industry and in our everyday life. I want to illustrate the broad reach of control engineering through applications I performed over the last forty years. These include adaptive control of rotary kilns for the production of TiO2 pigments, robust cross-directional control of paper machines, adaptive control of continuous digesters, dual adaptive control of wood-chip refiners and paper coating, as well as a general-purpose adaptive controller based on Laguerre functions, that has been applied to the control of processes for the production of lime, glass, oil and gas, food and beverage. For the last two decades, working in close collaboration with clinicians I have focused on biomedical applications especially in critical care and automated intravenous anesthesia. For the last two years, COVID-19 has presented a challenge to the public health authorities. Fortunately, representing control of COVID-19 explicitly in a feedback framework, allows the rigorous design of transparent and effective public health policies, replacing ad-hoc policies. This requires control experts to work closely with epidemiologists and public health experts. Through this talk I want to illustrate the breadth of control applications and the sense of excitement a career in control can bring particularly when working in a multidisciplinary environment. I have been at it for some 45 years and still feel as passionate about my work as when I started, and I hope to convey this passion to our younger colleagues. We bring a unique perspective and have much to contribute to society at large. It is time to come out of hiding!