Complex Systems: Autonomous Yet Safe Operation Based on Predictive Control

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Professor Rolf Findeisen

Laboratory for Systems Theory and Automatic Control
Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg



Technological advancements lead to an increasingly connected world. Formerly separately designed systems are becoming part of larger systems, which need to be designed such that an optimal, yet flexible behavior is achieved while guaranteeing safety and reliability. We show that predictive control is well suited to tackle these challenges. It allows to take preview information of future demands and disturbances into account, while being able to satisfy constraints on states and parameters, which enables safe and reliable operation. Specifically, we present the concept of contract based predictive control, which provides means towards flexible, yet reliable hierarchical and distributed control. We furthermore outline how the concept of contract based control can be expanded to the use of models of different granularity in the predictions. The findings will be underlined considering examples from building control and control of autonomous vehicles.



Rolf Findeisen obtained a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Diploma in Engineering Cybernetics and Doctorate from the University of Stuttgart. Since 2007 he is heading the Laboratory for Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg. He is an editor and associated editor of several journals including the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. The research of his group focuses on control for autonomous systems, decision-making under uncertainty, and network controlled systems. The considered fields of applications span from automotive applications and robotics to biological and medical applications.


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