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Using Systems and Control Theory to Design Sustainable Policies for Mitigating Climate Change Seminar

17:00 - 18:00
10 October 2014
Lecture Theatre Room 1019

Event details

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is now an important and urgent matter. A key observation is that systems control theory, and in particular feedback control, can be helpful in designing policies that achieve sustainable levels of emissions of CO2 (and other greenhouse gases) while minimising the impact on the economy, and at the same time explicitly addressing the high levels of uncertainty associated with predictions of future emissions.

In this talk, we present results for an approach where model predictive control is applied to sustainable development models to design policies for greenhouse gas emissions. Using feedback control, the policies are updated on the basis of the actual emissions, rather than on the predicted level of emissions. The basic structure and principle of the model is described and model predictive control is then applied to design polices for CO2 emissions. The results obtained illustrate the strength of the proposed design approach and form the basis for future research on using systems control theory to design optimal sustainable policies.

Speaker information

Dr Bing Chu ,joined School of Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton as a member of academic staff in March 2012. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Oxford (June 2010 - March 2012). His current research interests include learning control, analysis and control of networked systems, control design of sustainability development, applied optimisation theory and their practical applications.

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