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30 Years of Periodic Control - from Analysis to Design

This seminar is an overview of the main motivations behind the rise of periodic control and its achievements. We start from two applications as motivating examples: the problem of active control of vibrations in helicopters and the problem of attitude control of a satellite in orbit around the earth. Then, we overview a wide range of results, from the basic investigations of Floquet and Lyapunov to the achievement of systems and control days.

Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Sergio Bittanti
Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy)
Jan 17, 2001   17:15

ETH Zentrum, ETZ E6, Gloriastrasse 35, 8006 Zürich
Contact Person:

Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
Since the days of his degree in Electrical Engineering (1970), Sergio Bittanti set the basis for his research years in the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). His interests are in the area of system identification and control, with current emphasis on periodic optimization, adaptive control and recursive identification. He has also developed a number of application studies in cooperation with European industries, especially in the area of energy, transportation and aerospace. Dr. Bittanti is the author or co-author of many scientific papers, and the author, editor or co-editor of several textbooks and volumes. Among them, "The Riccati Equation" and "Identification, adaptation, learning" ( 1991,1995 resp.). He serves or served as associate editor for the journals: European Journal of Control; Journal of Mathematical Systems, Estimation, and Control; Statistics and Computing. He operates within the European HCM networks "Nonlinear and Adaptive Control" and "Europoly". For 7 years, from 1986 to 1993, he acted as national coordinator of the Italian research network "Model identification, system control and signal processing", connecting about 70 Italian professors and researchers, distibuted in a dozen different towns. At the Politecnico di Milano, he coordinated the PhD Program in "Ingegneria Informatica e Automatica" from 1992 to 1998. Dr. Bittanti is one of the founding members of EUCA (European Union Control Association) and SIMAI (Societa' Italiana di Matematica Industriale e Applicata). He also serves as chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Adaptive Control and Learning.