Professor Kang Li from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will deliver his inaugural lecture, entitled Data, Intelligent Systems and Control, on Wednesday 24 April at 4.00pm in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Physics Building. A reception will take place afterwards in the Senate Room.
RSVP by Tuesday 16 April to Fionnuala McCrink, Bernard Crossland Building, 028 9097 4669, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Kumpati S. Narendra, the Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Systems Science at Yale University will present a Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the University on Friday 22nd February 2013. All welcome.
Title: Adaptive Control Using Multiple Models - A new approach
Location: Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
Time & Date: Friday 22 February 2013, at 5.00 pm. Tea/Coffee available from 4.30.
Adaptive control theory was first developed in the 1960s to deal with the control of linear time-invariant systems with unknown parameters. A large body of literature currently exists in this area. However, in numerous applications when the parameter errors are large, the adaptive methods result in large and oscillatory responses.
During the past twenty years, numerous approaches have been proposed to improve the speed, accuracy, and robustness of the response by using multiple models along with “switching” and “switching and tuning”. Both approaches involve numerous models and very little information provided by all the models is used in the generation of control laws.
The lecture will discuss a new approach in which all the models cooperate in the decision process. The advantages of the new approach make it particularly attractive for use in situations where the uncertainties are large and/or the parameters vary rapidly with time. The lecture will conclude with brief descriptions of several practical applications.
Kumpati S. Narendra is currently the Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Systems Science at Yale University.
Education and Professional History:
Professor Narendra received the Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1959. From 1961 to 1965 he was an Assistant Professor at Harvard. In 1965, he joined the Department of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale, and was made Professor in 1968. From 1984 to 1987 he was the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, and from 1995 to 1996 he was the Director of the Neuroengineering and Neuroscience Centre at Yale University. In 1995, his alma mater in India, the University of Madras (now Anna University) conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Science degree. In 2007 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.
Research, Teaching, and Related Activities:
Professor Narendra is the author of over 250 technical articles in systems theory. He is the author of three books and the editor of four others in the areas of stability theory, adaptive control and learning automata. He has served on various national and international committees, and has been a consultant for over 15 industrial research laboratories (including Sikorsky Aircraft, General Motors, and AT&T) during the past 50 years. During this period, 47 doctoral students and over 35 postdoctoral and visiting fellows have done research under his guidance.
Honors and Awards:
Professor Narendra has received numerous honours for his work. They include the Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award of the IEEE, Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (1972), the George S. Axelby Best Paper Award of the Control Systems Society (1987), the John R. Ragazzini Education Award of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) (1990), The IEEE Neural Network Council Best Paper Award (1991), The Bode Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society (1995), and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award of the AACC, “… for Pioneering Contributions to Stability theory, and Adaptive and Learning theory” in 2003. In 2007, he received a Walton Fellowship of the Science Foundation of Ireland, and in 2008 he was awarded the Neural Networks Pioneer Award of the International Computational Intelligent Society.
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Smart Grid Technologies
Energy, Power and Intelligent Control Research Cluster, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEEECS) wishes to make strategic appointments to undertake research in modern power systems and smart-grid technologies in line with the School’s research strategy, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students across the School, and to contribute to School administration/outreach activity.
The School, which incorporates the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technologies (ECIT) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), has over 50 academic staff delivering higher level education to approximately 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The Energy Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC) Research Cluster was formed in January 2012 from the merger of the long-standing Electric Power and Energy Systems and the Intelligent Systems and Control research groups at Queen’s University Belfast. The merger brings together expertise in power systems, smart-grid, renewable energy, intelligent systems, system identification, control, virtual reality and robotics to address problems related to distributed sources of energy and their integration into power networks, control and intelligent systems. EPIC is a member of the IET Power Academy, the EPSRC/IET Power Network Research Academy (PNRA) and was an active participant in several of the EPSRC SUPERGEN consortiums. The cluster is a major contributor to all-Ireland energy research initiatives and holds a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Charles Parsons Award. It has strong collaborative links with China and leads the EPSRC funded UK-China Science Bridge, a strategic alliance between Queen’s University Belfast and leading universities and industrial partners in both China and the UK. EPIC has a track record of securing funding at a local, national and international level, multidisciplinary research and industry collaboration. Recent industrial funders of the cluster include: Airtricity, Areva T&D, Caterpillar, NIE, ESB, SSE, National Grid, Premier Power and Airbus.
Currently in an expansion phase, the EPIC cluster is seeking to make Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader appointments to enhance its smart-grid research activities. Applicants with research expertise in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: smart-grid; power electronics; power systems, electrical machines.
Present around the World (PATW) is the IET’s presentation competition for students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18 to 26. Competitors are asked to give a presentation for 10 minutes on a subject related to engineering and technology, and to answer questions for a further five minutes. Ms Sable Campbell from the EPIC cluster will be taking part in this competition.
This year we have three excellent and varied technical presentations. Details can be found
here . Three judges from local industry will decide who the winner is.
So do please come along and support our young IET professionals!
COMPETITION DATE AND VENUE
Thursday 22nd November
Main Lecture Theatre, Ashy Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
Refreshments served from 6pm, Presentations commence 6.30pm.
This event is free and open to everyone. Pre-registration is not required. For more information visit www.ietni.org
Prof Morrow, Dr Cregan, Dr Laverty, Dr Best and Mr Brogan have recently passed the NIE D1/D2 Safety Examination to facititate substation access. The group plan is to install Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) at a number of substations to study system operations with high penetration of renewable generation and investigate smart grid applications.
The new MSc degree in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems programme will provide numerate graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills required by the electricity supply industry as it replaces fossil-fuel with renewable power generation.
Click here for details regarding the course including how to apply.
Wejdan Abu El-Haija, Dean of the King Abdullah II School for Electrical Engineering at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, has been chosen for the US Department of State’s 2012 Women in Science Hall of Fame programme, the US embassy said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Abu El-Haija, the first female dean of engineering in any university in Jordan, was honoured on Wednesday at a reception at the residence of US Ambassador Stuart E. Jones, attended by HRH Princess Sumaya, guests from the government, academia and civil society, and high school and college students interested in science and technology.
The environment, science, technology and health regional office at the US embassy in Amman launched the program in 2010 to honour outstanding Arab women scientists throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, the statement said.
Twelve women from a variety of scientific disciplines were selected for their professional accomplishments and ability to motivate and inspire young women to pursue scientific careers.
After graduating as the valedictorian of her electrical engineering class at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Abu El-Haija earned her PhD in electrical machines from Queen’s University of Belfast. She, under the supervision of Dr Colin Tindall, conducted research on finite element design of alternators. Prof D. J. Morrow was the internal examiner for her PhD who still works at Queen’s as a Professor in the field of Electrical Power Engineering.
She has won several awards for her research, including the Hisham Adeeb Hijjawi Applied Science Award in 2004 and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Award for the Best Design Model in 2008. The University of Jordan Centre for Women's Studies gave her the Award for Academic Women Leaders in 2007.
Prof George Irwin was presented with his IFAC Fellows certificate on the occasion of the World Congress in Milan by Professor Alberto Isidori, IFAC President, and Professor Lennart Ljung, who chaired the selection committee.
Congratulations to Dr Karen Rafferty and Dr Stuart Ferguson whose Virtual Surgical Simulator, Empedocles, has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 IET Innovation Awards, taking place on November 9th in London.
Empedocles is a laparoscopic surgical simulator which was developed to improve the training and assessment of the laparoscopic technique among surgeons in training. Currently Empedocles is a working demonstrator that can respond haptically and visually to user interaction.
The overall goal of this product is to improve patient safety by reducing the need for on patient training by providing surgical teams with the tools required to improve surgical outcomes. Collaboration is ongoing with doctors in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. A working prototype has been used in surgical training field trials and work continues on this.
Prof Shaoyuan Li
Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Department of Automation
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Networked Predictive Control for Distributed Large-scale Systems
A class of large scale systems, which can be naturally divided into a number of smaller-scale interacting subsystems, are usually controlled using a distributed or decentralized control framework. A novel distributed model predictive control (MPC) is proposed for improving the performance of the entire system. Here each subsystem is controlled by a local MPC and these controllers exchange a reduced set of information with each other within the network. The optimization index of each local MPC considers not only the performance of the corresponding subsystems but also that of its neighbours. The proposed architecture guarantees satisfactory performance under strong interactions among subsystems. A stability analysis is presented for the unconstrained distributed MPC and the provided stability results can be employed for tuning the controller. The application to an accelerated cooling process on a test rig will be discussed for validating the efficacy of the proposed method.
Speaker: Prof Shaoyuan Li
Location: NITC Conference Room A (tea/coffee will be served after the lecture)
Time & Date: 11:30 am, Thursday, August 18 2011
Acknowledgement of Support from
Dr Kang Li of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has recently been presented with the Young Author Best Paper Award for work presented at the International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control (ICMIC 2011), held in Shanghai, China at the end of June 2011. This was co-authored with his PhD student Chamil Abeykoon and colleagues from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the University of Bradford.
The research reported is linked to two projects, an EPSRC one on polymer extrusion, and the £2.3 million Research Councils UK Science Bridge on sustainable energy and environment funded by the and Queen’s.
Dr Li said ‘The focus of this interdisciplinary effort on advanced process control has been to combine high quality research with technology transfer to impact on an energy intensive industrial sector to improve the global competitiveness”.
In recognition of his research excellence in Intelligent Systems and Control, as well as substantial international collaboration initiatives, Dr Li was further recently honoured by Harbin Institute of Technology as a Visiting Professor in July 2011. Prof Irwin, Research Director, Intelligent Systems and Control commented ‘ Dr Li is one of an up-and-coming generation of young researchers at Queens who are rapidly gaining a world-wide reputation’.