UTRC CDS Seminar: Joao Hespanha, "Control systems in ubiquitous computation and communication"

Friday, April 15, 2016
2:00 p.m.
1146 AV Williams Building
Regina King
301 405 6576

United Technologies Research Center
Invited Lectures on Control and Dynamical Systems

Opportunities and Challenges in Control Systems Arising from Ubiquitous Computation and Communication

João P. Hespanha
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Host: Nuno Martins

Advances in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) design and fabrication have resulted in the availability of low-cost, low-power, small-sized devices that have significant computational power and are able to communicate wirelessly. In addition, advances in MEMS (Micro Electric Mechanical Systems) technology have resulted in wide availability of solid-state sensors and actuators. The net result is ubiquitous sensing, communication, and computation that can be incorporated into small low-power devices.

In this talk, I will discuss how the above-mentioned technological advances present important opportunities and interesting challenges for control system designers. To this effect, I will discuss how the introduction of digital communication in control loops gives rise to a need for new tools for the design and analysis of feedback control systems. I will also describe recent work demonstrating that feedback control based on on-line optimization is a viable approach to solve a wide range of control problem.

João P. Hespanha received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied science from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he currently holds a Professor position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Hespanha is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB). Dr. Hespanha is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE distinguished lecturer since 2007. His current research interests include hybrid and switched systems; multi-agent control systems; distributed control over communication networks (also known as networked control systems); the use of vision in feedback control; stochastic modeling in biology; and network security.

Audience: Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Post-Docs  Alumni 

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