Advances in Control Education 2006

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia & Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


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Professor Karl J. Åström: "Challenges in Control Education"
Professor Mark W. Spong: "Project-Based Control Education"
Professor Peter Gawthrop: "Using LEGO in Control Education"

Professor Karl J. Åström
Department of Automatic Control, Lund Institute of Technology

Plenary Session: Challenges in Control Education
Brief Bio:
Karl J. Åström was born in Östersund, Sweden on August 5, 1934. He was educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden where he received his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. in Automatic Control and Mathematics.
From 1955 to 1960 Åström held teaching appointments at different departments at KTH, at the same time he worked on inertial guidance for the Research Institute of National Defense in Stockholm. Together with F. Hector of Philips he developed a new principle for Schuler tuning of an inertial platform which was successfully flight tested. He joined the IBM Nordic Laboratory in 1961 to work on theory and applications of computerized process control. He worked on optimal and stochastic control as a visiting scientist at IBM Research Laboratories in Yorktown Heights and San Jose in 1962 and 1963. Upon his return to Sweden, he was responsible for modeling, identification, and implementation of systems for computer control of paper machines. In 1965, Åström was appointed Professor to the Chair of Automatic Control at Lund Institute of Technology/University of Lund. He has held visiting appointments at many universities in USA, Europe, and Asia.
Åström has been Vice Dean and Dean of the Department of Engineering Physics and Chairman of the Computing Board at Lund University. He is an Editor of Automatica and many other journals.
Åström's interest cover broad aspects of automatic control, stochastic control, system identification, adaptive control, computer control and computer-aided control engineering. He has written five books and has contributed to several other books. He has written many papers and he holds three patents. The paper "Theory and Application of Adaptive Control," Automatica 19 (1983) 471-486, was given the Automatica Prize Paper Award, and the paper "Adaptive Feedback Control, Proc. IEEE 75 (1987) 185-217, was awarded with the Donald G. Fink Prize Paper award from IEEE. He has supervised 44 Ph.D. students and numerous M.Sc. students.
Åström is a fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) where he has also been a vice president. He is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Åström has received many awards, among them the Rufus Oldenburger Medal from ASME in 1985, the Quazza medal from IFAC in 1987, the IEEE Control Systems Science and Engineering Award in 1990, and the IEEE Medal of Honor "for fundamental contributions to theory and applications of adaptive control technology" in 1993.
He is married to Bia Åström and they have two children, Karin and Kalle. His personal interests include sailing and skiing.


Professor Mark W. Spong
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois

Plenary Session: Project-Based Control Education
Brief Bio:
Mark W. Spong, D.Sc., professor of general engineering, joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August, 1984. Professor Spong received his B.A. degree magna cum laude in mathematics and physics from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio in 1975, his M.S. degree in mathematics from New Mexico State University in 1977, and his M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in systems science and mathematics in 1979 and 1981, respectively, from Washington University in St. Louis.
From 1981 to 1982 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University. From 1982 to 1984 he was with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. He has held visiting positions at CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble, France, The Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden, the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, The Universite d'Tecnologie de Compiegne, France, the National University of Singapore, and the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Dr. Spong is past Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and past associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Control Systems Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
Dr. Spong is currently President of the IEEE Controls Systems Society. He also was Vice President for Publication Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a member of its Board of Governors. His research interests are in nonlinear control theory and robotics. He has published over 150 technical articles in control and robotics and is co-author of two books, Robot Dynamics and Control (co-author with M. Vidyasagar), and Robot Control: Dynamics, Motion Planning, and Analysis.
Dr. Spong is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1999 he received a Senior U.S. Scientist Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. In addition, he is President of Mechatronic Systems, Inc. a company he founded in 1996.


Professor Peter Gawthrop
Honorary Research Fellow in Control Engineering within the Centre for Systems and Control and the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at Glasgow University

Plenary Session: Using LEGO in Control Education
Brief Bio:
Peter J. Gawthrop was born in Seascale, Cumberland, in 1952. He obtained his BA (first class honours), D.Phil. and MA degrees in Engineering Science from Oxford University in 1973, 1977, and 1979 respectively. Following a period as a Research Assistant with the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University, he became W. W. Spooner Research Fellow at New College, Oxford. He then moved to the University of Sussex as a Lecturer, and later a Reader in control engineering.
In 1987, he took up the Wylie Chair of Control Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University. He was involved in founding the Centre for Systems and Control - a cross-departmental research grouping at Glasgow with about twelve full time academic staff including four professors.
His research interests include self-tuning control, continuous-time system identification and system modelling - particularly using bond graphs in the context of partially-known systems. He is interested in applying control techniques to a number of areas, including process control, robotics aerospace systems and anaesthesia. He has coauthored and authored some 130 conference and journal articles and three books in these areas.
He was an associate editor of Automatica and an honorary editor of IEE Proceedings Pt. D, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including the IMechE Journal of Systems and Control, Journal of Process Control, IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information and the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal processing and the European Journal of Control.
He is a Fellow of the IEE and I Mech E, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Eur.Ing. in the EU.
In 1994 he was awarded the Honeywell International Medal by the Institute of Measurement and Control.
In 1999 he spent a year in Australia at the Universities of Newcastle and Sydney.
In 2002 he was visiting Professor at UNSW, Sydney.

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