Special Sessions

Organizer: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)

Speakers: Stefano Di Cairano, Karl Berntorp, Carl Marcus Greiff

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 6, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Maya Ballroom V

Abstract: We will present an overview of research activities at MERL, including fundamental research in control and its application to a variety of future products. The focus will be on fundamental research topics, including model predictive control and control of constrained systems, estimation and motion planning for autonomous systems, real-time optimization, and integration of learning and control methods. We will describe how these fundamental areas have impacted real-world applications and products such as autonomous vehicles, energy-efficient HVAC systems, precision manufacturing, mobile robots, and spacecraft guidance and control.

Organizer: Raytheon Technology Corporation (RTRC)

Speakers: Amit Surana, Miloš Ilak

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 6, 18:45 – 19:45

Location: Maya Ballroom V

Abstract: We will give an overview of RTRC, with a broad outline of research from the Aero Thermal and Intelligent Systems Department with focus on dynamical analysis and advanced control for complex integrated systems, and autonomy enabling technologies. We will provide a synopsis of interdisciplinary research in the areas of dynamics, estimation, control, autonomy, optimization, and machine learning, with broad range of aerospace and defense applications including jet engines, missiles, power and thermal management systems, hybrid electric propulsion, space systems, and robotics and advanced manufacturing. We will also cover autonomy applications ranging from control of single platforms to collaborative swarms. We invite anyone interested in internships or full-time opportunities to attend and connect with us.

Organizer: Mathworks, Inc.

Speaker: Nicanor Quijano, Juan Martinez-Piazuelo

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 7, 12:15-13:15

Location: Maya Ballroom V

Abstract: Due to the diverse backgrounds of the students, teaching a control systems analysis course to different disciplines may be difficult. On the other hand, students from disciplines other than engineering are interested in learning the fundamental ideas in this field. Making introductory modules that will enable all of these students to learn the concepts on their own is one technique to assist them in doing so. In this talk, we present some of the modules that we have developed to make it easier for students to approach this topic, based on the tools provided by MATLAB/Simulink.

Organizer and Moderator: Francesca Parise

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 7, 18:30 – 20:30

Location: Maya Ballroom IV and V

Abstract: Building on the success of the past several events, the 2022 CDC will feature the “Meet the Faculty Candidates” poster session. This poster session provides a great opportunity for faculty, search committee members, and recruiters to speak directly with current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are seeking faculty positions.

Chair: Thomas Parisini

Organizers: Anuradha Annaswamy, Karl Henrik Johansson, George Pappas

Speakers: Anuradha Annaswamy, Karl Henrik Johansson, George Pappas

Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 12:10 – 13.20

Location: Maya Ballroom V

Abstract: The field of control systems pertains to methods and principles that lead to desired system performance through automatic monitoring, processing, and executing suitable decisions even in the presence of uncertainties in the system and in the environment. The development of these principles and methods has been both broad and deep. The scope of control applications has been continuously increasing over the past few decades, moving from feedback control of a single device or a single system to optimizing and making decisions in large-scale systems, system-of-systems, and infrastructure systems. This impressive growth of scope and scale is enabled by large paradigm shifts across the global landscape in science and technology. Digital transformation has been pervasive, enabling significant advances in mature engineering systems and introducing new concepts and computational constructs in non-engineering systems such as economic and social sectors as well. Applications such as self-driving vehicles and automatic control of aerial robots have entered the social lexicon and captured the imagination of general populace. Automation is being underscored not only in these applications but is being introduced in a host of other domains as well. All of these progresses, advances, and transformations urge a shift in the conversation towards grand societal-scale challenges and the role of control systems in this broad canvas. Prompted by a CSS initiative, a roadmap document has been put together through the efforts over 60 leaders in the area with a forward-looking goal of investigating societal imperatives on a global scale that the controls community can shape and influence. In particular, the document identifies new and emerging directions in control theory and technology that serve as glide paths towards this goal. During this special session, we will present highlights of this document. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.