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Adaptive Process Control - 1 week block course


This is a one week (2 credit) block course on the principles of Adaptive Control.

Course outline:

The course will consist of lectures and exercise sessions. The topics to be covered are:

  1. Introduction and passivity
    1. Introduction
    2. Passivity-based adaptive control
  2. Certainty equivalence adaptive control
    1. Extremum seeking control
    2. Identification-based control (ideal case)
    3. Adaptive predictive control
  3. Robust adaptive control
    1. Nonlinear dynamics
    2. Theory of robust adaptive control systems
    3. Practical design modifications.
  4. Student presentations


Date Time Activity Room
Mo. 24.9.2012 14.00 to 18.00 lectureML H 43
Tu. 25.9.2012 14.00 to 18.00 lectureHG E 23
We. 26.9.2012 8.00 to 12.00 lectureML H 43
We. 26.9.2012 14.00 to 18.00 exercisesML H 43
Th. 27.9.2012 8.00 to 10.00 lectureML H 43
Th. 27.9.2012 10.00 to 12.00 exercisesML H 43
Th. 27.9.2012 14.00 to 18.00 exercisesML H 43
Fr. 28.9.2012 9.00 to 12.00 presentationsML H 43

For further information refer to the ETH course catalog.

Type of Seminar:
IfA Seminar
Prof. Erik Ydstie
Carnegie Mellon University
Sep 24, 2012   14.00 - 18.00 (first lectures, see description for full schedule)

ML H 43 (24.9.12, 26.9.12, 27.9.12 and 28.9.12); HG E 23 (25.9.12)
Contact Person:

Roy Smith
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Biographical Sketch:
Dr. B. Erik Ydstie is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Trondheim in 1977 after which he entered Imperial College, receiving his PhD in 1982. Prof. Ydstie entered academics at the University of Massachusetts in 1982 where he taught and did research until 1992 when he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. Prof. Ydstie also has held or holds appointments in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and in Materials Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He held academic visiting positions at the University of Newcastle, Ecole des Mines de Paris, and Imperial College. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund and Worchester Polytechnic Institute. Prof. Ydstie has had industrial appointments as R&D Director of ELKEM ASA and as Board Member and Chairman of Solar Silicon. Prof. Ydstie founded Industrial Learning Systems to take advantage of his advances in adaptive control; he is the current CTO/CEO of that company.