EUROPEAN CONTROL CONFERENCE ECC 97

1-4 July 1997
Brussels, Belgium


Under the auspices of the European Union Control Association (EUCA)
In cooperation with the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
In collaboration with the IEEE Control Systems Society

ECC 97 has been organised by :


the Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole 2
and
the Center for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME)

ECC 97 has been sponsored by :


European Union (DG XII)
Communauté Francaise de Belgique
Région Wallonne
IBRA - BIRA
Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO)
Université Catholique de Louvain
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  • FINAL PROGRAMME
  • EUCA


SCIENTIFIC REPORT
The European Control Conference 97 (ECC 97) has been held at the Brussels campus of the Université Catholique de Louvain from 1 to 4 July, 1997. The European Control Conference (ECC) is organized every other year under the auspices of the European Union Control Association ( EUCA ) with the aim to promote exchanges and contacts between scientists in the area of Systems and Control. The scope of the conference ranges from fundamental research to applications in process control and advanced technologies. The ECCs are organized in cooperation with the two most important international control societies, the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and the IEEE Control Systems Society.

Organizational aspects


ECC 97 has been organised by the Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole IV/2 (funded by the Federal Ministry of Science) and by the Center for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME), a research centre of UCL. The practical organization was in the hands of a Federal Organizing Committee, made up of 18 members representing most Belgian universities as well as IBRA-BIRA (the Belgian member organization of IFAC), under the supervision and coordination of the two Chairmen of the Conference, Professors Georges Bastin and Michel Gevers (UCL).

ECC 97 has been sponsored by the European Union (DGXII), the Communauté Française de Belgique, the Région Wallonne, the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), the Ministère de la Politique Scientifique and the Université Catholique de Louvain.

ECC 97 was the fourth European Control Conference. The first took place in Grenoble (1991), Groningen (1993) and Rome (1995). About 650 participants attended the first and second conference, while nearly 800 participants attended ECC 95 in Rome. 781 participants attended ECC 97. The number of participants per country is given on page 10 of this report, while a full list of all participants and their affiliations is given as Appendix A. The breakdown for the major regions is as follows:


European Union countries : 529
Other European countries : 97
North America : 55
Central and Latin America : 25
Asia : 53
Africa : 4
Australia and New Zealand : 18

The continuous and growing success of the European Control Conferences and the large number of European participants confirm the need and usefulness of a major periodic conference in Europe covering all areas of systems and control. Many of the European participants do typically not attend the other major broad-spectrum control conferences that take place on a yearly basis in the USA.


Scientific summary


The technical programme of ECC 97 included 3 plenary and 6 semi-plenary lectures of one hour each, 3 mini-courses of four hours each, as well as 720 contributed papers and 24 invited papers that were selected from a total of exactly 1,000 submissions. The invited and contributed papers have been arranged in 120 sessions, with 12 sessions running in parallel at any given time. These sessions essentially covered all major areas in Systems and Control.

The scientific highlights of the Conference were the 9 plenary and semi-plenary lectures, which were of very high quality. The programme of these plenary lectures was as follows.


Plenary and semi-plenary lectures and mini-courses

Plenary lectures

Semi-plenary lectures

Mini-courses


A novelty of our programme format was the holding of a plenary lecture (by Professor P.V. Kokotovic) as the closing session of the conference. This proved to be a success: this closing session attracted an audience of about 350.

On Thursday 3 July, a special Industry Day has been organized. This was a major new initiative of ECC 97. The aim was to bring control applications closer to academic research, focusing on quality application-oriented contributions. The European Control Conference ECC 97 Industry Day started with the plenary lecture on Industrial Feedback by Dr. Martin Steinbuch, followed by 36 presentations reporting on genuine industrial applications. 70 papers had been submitted to the Industry Day. Only those that had at least one author from industry were selected for the Industry Day sessions. Others were moved to the regular programme.


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EXHIBITION
ECC 97 also featured an exhibition sponsored by about 10 book publishers and producers of control systems software tools.

Exhibitors present at ECC 97:

Amira
dSpace
Elsevier
Feedback Instruments
Scientific Software (Matlab)
Springer Verlag
Tai-Ji Control
Wiley & Sons

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FEDERAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Chairmen Vice-Chairmen Members Secretariat
G. Bastin D. Aeyels (paper evaluation) V. Blondel L. Lamisse
M. Gevers B. De Moor (programme) R. Boel M. Termolle
D. Dochain (publications) F. Desclefs
M. Kinnaert (local arrangements) R. Gorez
M. Remy (local arrangements) R. Hanus
J. Schoukens (programme, paper evaluation) M. Moonen
J. Vandewalle (finances) R. Sepulchre
V. Wertz (finances, publications) J. Swevers

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Ackermann J. (GER) Kulhavy R. (CK)
Aeyels D. (BE) Lemos J.M. (PORT)
Aguilar Martin J. (SP) Linkens D.A. (UK)
Basseville M. (FR) Mareels I. (AUS)
Bastin G. (BE), Co-Chairman Marino R. (IT)
Bitmead R.R. (AUS) Martin Sanchez J. (SP)
Blondel V. (BE) Middleton R. (AUS)
Bokor J. (HUN) Morari M. (CH)
Calcev G. (RO) Perrier M. (CDN)
Cassandras C. (USA) Poubelle M.A. (GL)
d'Andréa-Novel B. (FR) Ravn O. (DK)
Dasgupta S. (USA) Respondek W. (POL)
De Moor B. (BE) Schoukens J. (BE)
De Nicolao G. (IT) Sepulchre R. (BE)
Deistler M. (AUT) Skogestad S. (NOR)
Dugard L. (FR) Tempo R. (IT)
Feyo de Azevedo S. (PORT) Tits A. (USA)
Fradkov A. (RUS) Toivonen H.T. (FIN)
Francis B. (CDN) Tzafestas S.G. (GR)
Gevers M. (BE), Co-Chairman Van den Hof P. (NL)
Glover K. (UK) Van Dooren P. (BE)
Guo L. (PRC) Vardulakis A.I.G. (GR)
Helmke U. (GER) Wahlberg B. (SW)
Hill D. (AUS) Walter E. (FR)
Hollot C.V. (USA) Winkin J. (BE)
Kharitonov V. (RUS) Wittenmark B. (SW)
Kimura H. (JAP) Wonham W.M. (CDN)
Kotta U. (EST) Zeitz M. (GER)
Kucera V. (CK) Zwart H. (NL)

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THE INDUSTRY DAY
The industry day has been a special event with the aim to bring control applications closer to academic research, focusing on quality application-oriented contributions.

The industry day has given engineers from industry the opportunity to present genuine applications.

The industry day has given control scientists new and relevant research problems and challenges based on applications.

After a special application oriented plenary session, the industry day consisted of a coordinated sequence of targeted application sessions.


PROGRAMME

Industrial Feedback

by Dr. Martin Steinbuch (Philips Research)


Room : Auditoire Roi Baudouin CA


10h00 - 12h00 Session TH - M - H

Process Control

Presentations by SOLVAY, SHELL, SANOFI, ADERSA, LUBRIZOL, MOUNT ISA MINES, CICS Autom, P.G. PULP & PAPER MILLS
13h30 - 15h30 Session TH - A - H

Process Control

Presentations by SEGHERS Eng, GRONTMIJ AT, AQUAFIN, MUMM-PERRIER, SOLVAY
16H00 - 18H00 Session TH - E - H

Process Control

Presentations by ICI, NORANDA, KEMIRA Eng, VTT CHEMICAL Tech, CBR, SCAP, MAGOTTAUX-SLEGTEN




Room : Auditoire Roi Baudouin CB


10h00 - 12h00 Session TH - M - I

Mechanical/Automotive Syst.

Presentations by ALCATEL-CIT, VOLVO, SAAB, GEC ALSTHOM, CHARMILLES Tech.
13h30 - 15h30 Session TH - A - I

Mechanical/Automotive Syst.

Presentations by FORD, ROLLS-ROYCE, VALEO Elec, MAGNETTI MARELLI, ISAC Tech.
16h00 - 18h00 Session TH - E - I

Power Systems

Presentations by GEC-ALSTHOM, ELECTRABEL, PLATAFORMA SOLAR DE ALMERIA



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NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS PER COUNTRY


Argentina 1 Finland 9 Morocco 2 South Africa 2
Australia 17 France 141 New Zealand 1 South-Korea 8
Austria 8 Germany 64 Norway 9 Spain 20
Belgium 86 Greece 11 Poland 19 Sweden 23
Brazil 8 Hongkong 1 Portugal 19 Switzerland 10
Bulgaria 1 Hungary 8 Romania 5 Taiwan 2
Canada 10 India 1 Russian Federation 20 The Netherlands 45
Chile 2 Israel 7 Saudi Arabia 1 Turkey 3
Czech Republic 8 Italy 46 Singapore 3 United Kingdom 58
Denmark 8 Japan 27 Slovak Republic 4 USA 45
Estonia 2 Mexico 8 Slovenia 1 Venezuela 6
Yugoslavia 1


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