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Set-theoretic Methods in Control

Set--theoretic methods for analysis and design of control systems have a long history since the first contributions trace back the early 70s. The theory was almost abandoned once it became clear that, although the techniques are appropriate to solve many theoretical and practical problems, the complexity of the required algorithms was not compatible with the computer technology of the time. In recent years, the theory is receiving a renewed interest due the current computer performances which are suitable to face non--trivial problems. In this talk, after a due tribute to the pioneering past work, we consider the area in a new perspective. We investigate several problems that can (at least potentially) have a benefit from these techniques. The talk sketches some ideas that, although already presented in the literature, have still to be fully developed. Concepts are not presented in a formal way but explained by means of simple illustrative examples.
Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Franco Blanchini
University of Udine, Italy
Feb 07, 2007   17:15

ETH Zentrum, Gloriastrasse 35, Building ETZ, Room E 6
Contact Person:

Dr. Sasa V. Rakovic
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Biographical Sketch:
Franco Blanchini was born on 29 December 1959, in Legnano (Italy). He received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Trieste, Italy, in 1984. In 1985 he was Lecturer of Numerical Analysis at the Faculty of Science at the University of Udine, Italy. He was Research Associate of System Theory from 1986 to 1991. From November 1992 to October 2000, he was Associate Professor of Automatic Control at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Udine. Since November 2000 he is Professor of Automatic Control at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Udine. He is affiliated with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in Udine and he is Director of the Laboratory of System Dynamics of the Department. He was member of the program committees of the 1997 Conference on Decision and Control, S. Diego, California, of the 1999 Conference on Decision and Control, Phoenix, Arizona, of the 2001 Conference on Decision and Control, Orlando, Florida and of the 2003 Conference on Decision and Control, Maui Hawaii. He was co-author of the plenary lecture "Minicourse on Saturation in Control", at the 19th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control, 2000. He was Chairman of the workshop on Uncertain Dynamical Systems of the IFAC Technical Committee on Robust Control, Cascais, Portugal, July 18-20, 2002. He has been nominated Program Vice-Chairman for the conference Joint CDC-ECC, Seville, Spain, December 2005. He is the recipient of 2001 ASME Oil & Gas Application Committee Best Paper Award as a co-author of the article ``Experimental evaluation of a High--Gain Control for Compressor Surge Instability". He is the recipient of the 2002 IFAC prize survey paper award as author or the article "Set Invariance in Control--a survey", Automatica, November, 1999. He was nominated Senior Member IEEE in 2003. He is Associate Editor of Automatica since 1996.