ECC 95

Third European Control Conference

Rome, 5-8 September 1995 

 

Scientific Summary

The European Control Conferences (ECCs) are organized every second year to the purpose of stimulating exchanges of ideas and experiences between scholars and researchers in the areas of Systems and Automatic Control theory and practice. The ECCs are held under the auspices of the European Union Control Association (EUCA), an organization whose main purpose is to foster the collaboration between specialists of Systems and Automatic Control who are active in the countries of the European Union.

The first two ECCs took place in Grenoble (1991) and in Groeningen (1993). The third ECC took place in Rome, in September 1995. About 650 participants have attended the first and second ECC. The third ECC has reached the record level of near 800 participants. 521 of the registered participants to the third ECC were from countries of the European Union, 117 from other european countries and 150 from non-european countries. These figures are the best confirmation of the need of a large periodic conference, located in Europe, in the area of Systems and Automatic Control and of the success of this initiative. Before the ECCs were established, in fact, european scientists active in this discipline had fewer opportunites to meet, on a regular basis, in their own geographical region.

For the ECC 95, the Organizing Committee received over 1050 submitted contributions, 724 of which were selected for inclusion in the technical program. The invited and contributed papers have been arranged in 124 technical sessions, essentially covering all major areas in Systems and Control, from the well established to the emerging ones. About 45% of the contributions were in the general areas of systems theory and control methodology, 20% in the areas of system identification and adaptive control, 15% in the areas of manufacturing systems, fault diagnosis, neural networks, knowledge-based control and fuzzy systems. Moreover, 20% of the contributions dealt with specific industrial applications, including the control of electric and hydraulic drives, the control of vehicles, the control of flight and aerospace systems, the control of robot arms, the control of chemical processes and other production processes.

ECC 95 also featured other technical highlights. Nine invited speakers have presented their views on the present state-of-the-art in Systems and Control. Some of these presentations were focused on the topic of robust control. J. Ackermann (Wessling) described how to robustly control the rotational motions of a vehicle, to the purpose of simplifying the driver's task. H.Kwakernaak (Enschede) presented a detailed discussion of the requirements that performance and robustness impose on control systems design and of the symmetric roles of sensitivity and complementary sensitivity functions. B.A. Francis (Toronto) described an experimental testbed facility, called Daisy, whose dynamics emulate those of a real large flexible space structure and whose purpose is to test advanced identification and control design methods. K. Glover (Cambridge) discussed recent advances in uncertain system modeling, analysis and design, with reference to a flight control case study that has been test flown. Other essays dealt with advances in fundamental problems of control theory. V.A. Yakubovich (St.Petersburg) presented a survey of certain new infinite-horizon linear-quadratic optimization problems. A.S. Morse (Yale) gave a detailed presentation of the major problems of analysis and design occurring in the largely unexplored area of logic-based switching control systems. H. Kimura (Tokio) proposed a new design framework of control systems, based on chain scattering representation of the plant. C. Scherer (Delft) provided a thorough presentation of the solution to the mixed H-2/H-infinity control problem with reduced order controllers for time-varying systems, in terms of solvability of differential linear matrix inequalities. B. De Moor (Leuven) presented the basic notions on subspace identification algorithms for linear systems.

In addition to these plenary lectures, the "special events" of ECC 95 included also three mini-courses. The first mini-course, organized by G.J. Olsder (Delft), was an introduction to modeling, control and optimization of discrete event systems. The second mini-course, organized by L Praly (Fontainebleau) was devoted to the survey of a number of recent advances in the problem of feedback stabilization of nonlinear systems. The third mini-course, organized by G. Picci (Padova) showed how the introduction of computer vision in a control loop raises exciting and yet unexplored problems in system theory.

The organization of the third ECC has been possible thanks to the generous financial supports of the Commission of European Communities, through its Directorate General XII, and of the University of Rome "La Sapienza", the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and the Politecnico di Milano. These supports, totalling about 25% of the gross budget, had helped keeping the registration fee at a reasonably low level, and eased participation to the Conference from a broader basis of scientists and countries.


Registered participants per country

AUSTRALIA 17
AUSTRIA 4
AZERBAIJAN 1
BELARUS 2
BELGIUM 20
BRAZIL 9
BULGARIA 1
CANADA 5
CHILE 2
CROATIA 1
CHZECH REP. 8
DENMARK 15
ESTONIA 2
FINLAND 15
FRANCE 110
GERMANY 61
GREECE 9
HONG KONG 1
HUNGARY 8
IRELAND 1
ISRAEL 12
ITALY 93
JAPAN 45
KOREA 1
KYRGYZSTAN 1
MACEDONIA 1
MEXICO 4
NORWAY 8
P R CHINA 4
POLAND 15
PORTUGAL 12
ROMANIA 8
RUSSIA 37
SAUDI ARABIA 1
SINGAPORE 3
SLOVAKIA 1
SOUTH AFRICA 2
SPAIN 16
SWEDEN 49
SWITZERLAND 14
TAIWAN 4
THE NETHERLANDS 45
TUNISIA 1
TURKEY 5
UKRAINE 7
UNITED KINGDOM 69
USA 34
VENEZUELA 1
YUGOSLAVIA 3

Publications

Invited addresses and minicourses:

Trends in Control, A.Isidori ed., 422 pp., Springer Verlag (London), 1995.

Submitted papers:

Proceedings of the Third European Control Conference: ECC 95, A. Isidori, S. Bittanti, E. Mosca, A. De Luca. M. D.Di Benedetto, G. Oriolo eds., 4 vol. li+3942 pp., 1995.