Fun-to-Drive by Feedback

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am
521 Cory Hall
Carlos Canudas-de-Wit

Director of Research at the CNRS
GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France


Russell Severance Springer Lecture Series


This lecture is devoted to new challenging control problems arising in the automotive industry as a consequence  of the customer-driven performance specifications adopted by car builders which have dramatically increased the number of new proposed automated features where feedback interacts with the driver. The notion of "Fun-to-Drive by Feedback" relates, here, to the ability to design a control scheme resulting in good ride comfort behavior as well as acceptable safe operation. The lecture shows how control techniques can be used to solve some of these problems, and discusses how these subjective notions can be formalized thanks to concepts such as passivity and model matching control. We present a series of examples concerning systems that provide assisted automated devices (assisted clutch synchronization, steer-by-wire system, and advanced inter-distance control, including vehicle-to-vehicle dynamical models), in which these aspects are assessed. The talk is based ona semi-plenary of the CDC’05.


Canudas-de-Wit, Carlos was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico in 1958. He received his B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico in 1980. In 1984 he received his M.Sc. in the Department of Automatic Control, Grenoble, France. He was visitor researcher in 1985 at Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden. In 1987 he received his Ph.D. in automatic control from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (Department of Automatic Control), France. Since then he has been working at the same department as "Director of Research at the CNRS", where He teaches and conducts research in the area of control systems. He is the current leader of the NeCS GIPSA-Lab (CNRS)-INRIA team on Networked Controlled Systems. He has established several industrial collaboration projects with major French companies (FRAMATOME, EDF, CEA, IFREMER, RENAULT, SCHNEIDER, ILL, IFP, ALSTOM). He has been associate editor of the IEEE-Transaction on Automatic Control, from 1992 to 1997, AUTOMATICA, from 1999 to 2002. He is currently Associated Editor of: the Asian Journal of Control (since 2010), IEEE Transaction on Control System Technology (Since 2013), and the IEEE Transaction on Control of System Networks (since 2013). He holds the presidency of the European Control Association (EUCA) for the period 2013-15, and served at the IEEE Board of Governors of the Control System Society 2011-2014. He holds the ERC Advanced-Grant 2015 Scale-FreeBack for the period 2016-2021. He is IEEE-Fellow of the IEEE Control System Society. He is also IFAC-Fellow. His research publications includes: 200 International conference papers, and 65 published papers in international journals, 5 books, 10 Book chapter, and holds 11 Patents. He has supervised more than 34 Ph. D. students, 11 Post-docs, and more than 35 Ms. He holds the ERC Scale-FreeBack (Scale-free Control for Complex Physical Network Systems) Advanced Grant from 2016-21, see


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