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EE Seminar | Modern Sliding Mode Control with Applications

Start Date: February 22, 2017
End Date: February 22, 2017

By Professor Antonella Ferrara (University of Pavia, Italy)
Sliding Mode Control is a nonlinear control methodology based on the use of a discontinuous control input which forces the controlled system to switch from one structure to another, evolving as a variable structure system. This structure variation makes the system state reach in a finite time a pre-specified subspace of the system state space where the desired dynamical properties are assigned to the controlled system. In the past years, an extensive literature has been devoted to the developments of Sliding Mode Control theory. This kind of methodology offers a number of benefits, the major of which is its robustness versus a significant class of uncertainties and disturbances during the sliding mode. Yet, it presents a crucial drawback, the so-called chattering, which may disrupt or damage the actuators and induce unacceptable vibrations throughout the controlled system. This may limit the practical applicability of the methodology, especially in case of mechanical or electromechanical plants. The problem has been faced by recent theoretical developments, oriented to increase the order of the sliding mode, thus producing effective Second Order and Higher Order Sliding Mode Control algorithms. These “modern” results can be profitably used to efficiently solve real world control problems, as testified by several recent publications and research projects. The aim of this seminar is to provide an outline of the mentioned theoretical advancements, and an overview of available examples of applications of sliding mode control to different fields, focusing on recent activities developed by the research group chaired by Prof. Ferrara at the University of Pavia.
Biography: Antonella Ferrara received the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree in 1992, both from the University of Genova, Italy. Since January 2005 she is Full Professor of Automatic Control in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) of the University of Pavia, Italy. Her research activities are mainly in the area of sliding mode control, with application to automotive control, traffic control, power plants control and robotics. She was and is scientific leader of research teams in national and international research projects. She authored or co-authored more than 300 papers, one third of which are international journal papers. She was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Since January 2014, she is Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. She currently is and has been member of the International Program Committee of numerous international conferences and events, as well as Program Chair and Vice-Chair. She is Senior Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control, of the IEEE Technical Committee on Automotive Control, of the IFAC Technical Committee on Transportation Systems, among others. She was appointed member of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2012 and is elected member of the BOG for the triennium 2016-2018. She is one of the members of the Council of the European Control Association (EUCA). She was Chair of the IEEE CSS Women in Control Standing Committee since July 2013 to December 2016.

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Date: Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017
Time:12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Bldg. 3, level 5, R 5220
Refreshments: Light Lunch will be available @ 11:45 am