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Learning to control Seminar

17:00 - 18:00
30 October 2013
Lecture Theatre Room 1019

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr Mark French on +44 (0)23 8059 2688 or email .

Event details

A talk on the recent progress in approaches to adaptive control engineering.

 Adaptive control is the branch of control engineering which concerns the control of systems which are too uncertain for a conventional fixed controller to handle. However, principled routes to successful controller design incorporating online tuning/learning have been elusive, a major reason for this being the incompatibility of the mature mathematical theory of robust control as developed in the 1980's and the somewhat more naive existing approaches to adaptive control.

In this talk, Dr Mark French will highlight recent progress in Southampton on this longstanding problem and illustrate the talk with examples of both successful adaptive controllers and of spectacular failures. The mathematical content will be minimized.

Speaker information

Dr Mark French, is a Reader in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Mathematics in 1994 and completed his PhD in Control Engineering at the University of Southampton in 1998. Mark works in the area of nonlinear robust control, with particular interests in the synthesis of provably robust adaptive controllers.

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