ICIRA 2018 Plenary Speaker 1


Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin


University of Newcastle


A Critique of Observers used in the Context of Feedback Control


Abstract  One of the core tenets of feedback control is that a system's state contains all of the information necessary to predict a system's future response given future inputs. If the state is not directly measured then it can be estimated using a suitably designed observer. This is a powerful idea with widespread consequences. This paper will present a critique of the use of observers in feedback control. Benefits and drawbacks will be highlighted including fundamental design limitations. The analysis will be illustrated by several real world examples including robots executing a repetitive task, relay autotuning in the presence of broadband disturbances, power line signalling in AC microgrid power systems, Type 1 diabetes management and harmonic suppression in power electronics.


Speaker biography  Graham Goodwin is an Emeritus Laureate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. His education includes B.Sc., B.E. and Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Field Award and in 2013 he received the Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was twice awarded the International Federation of Automatic Control triannual Best Engineering Text Book Prize. He is a Fellow of IEEE; an Honorary Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Australia; a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering; a Member of the International Statistical Institute; a Fellow of the Royal Society, London and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden and the Technion Israel. He is the co-author of ten books, four edited books, and five hundred papers. He holds 16 International Patents covering rolling mill technology, telecommunications, mine planning and mineral exploration. His current research interests include power electronics, boiler control systems and management of type 1 diabetes.





ICIRA 2018 Plenary Speaker 2


Professor Eduardo Nebot


Australian Centre for Field Robotics

University of Sydney


How Innovation of Autonomous Systems will drive the future


Abstract  During the last 15 years, we have seen significant progress in many areas related to sensing, navigation, control and machine learning. Fundamental research contributions in these areas have enabled the development and deployment of autonomous system. Australia has been leading the effort in the field robotics area with the very impressive deployment of large scale automation in areas such as Stevedoring, Mining and Agriculture. This presentation will present a summary of the industrial outcomes of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, current projects in the intelligent transport system area and an overview of the fundamental research challenges and opportunities in autonomous systems, systems having a continuous-time delay that is a fraction of the sample period will also be described. The talk will be illustrated by a real world example arising in Power Electronics where fractional delays arise due to both practical limitations of the gate driving circuitry and timing restrictions associated with the transition between switching states, otherwise known as dead-time. The importance of accounting for delays in this context will be exemplified by showing the impact of delays on the performance of high fidelity control laws aimed at selective harmonic suppression.


Speaker biography  Eduardo Mario Nebot received the Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, (Argentina) and MS and PhD degrees from Colorado State University, USA. Fellow of IEEE and FTSE. He is a Professor at the University of Sydney in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. He has been appointed as the Patrick Chair of Automatic and logistic in 2004 and he is the Director of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. Professor Nebot has a substantial track record in robotics and automation. He has published more than 300 Referee Conference and Journal publications and given a large number of keynotes and industrial presentations. The major impact of his fundamental research is in autonomous system, navigation, mining safety and Intelligent Transport Systems. Over the past 15 years, he has managed a large number of industrial collaboration research projects in the area of Field Robotics. His fundamental research contributions are having a significant impact in the profession. They are already part of new key autonomous technologies deployed in various industrial environments such as mining, stevedoring, cargo handling and urban road vehicles. He is currently leading various industry collaborative research projects in driverless vehicle with Ford US, Renault France and Applied EV Australia. His research group is having an active role in the deployment of new innovative technology in the intelligent transport area involving smart vehicles.





ICIRA 2018 Plenary Speaker 3



Professor Toshio Fukuda

IEEE Life Fellow

Beijing Institute of Technology

Nagoya/Meijo University


Micro and Nano-robotic Bio-cell Manipulation-- toward realization of artificial bionic systems


Abstract  The micro and nano robotics technology has been studied for last two decades and has been applied for many sectors, such as industrial and academic applications. The modern industrial products can have many advantages of accuracy, efficiency as well as low cost productions, while the academic areas have many cutting edges technology applications to advance research fields, such as nano-materials, nano-devices such as sensor and actuator, bio medical applications and life sciences. Based on the research works on the 3D manipulation and assembly of the nano materials such as Carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene, and bio-cell characterization by nano robotic manipulation, 3D cell bio-assembly research is to be presented, such that bio cells as assembled by micro and nano-robotic manipulation systems to form patterns and make various 3D structures. These bio-assembler by robotic technology is a very important tool for the bio-nano cell surgery, tissue engineering and Cyborg/bionic systems. Some of the examples will be shown in this presentation.


Speaker biography  Fukuda is a professor of mechatronics engineering at Meijo University, in Nagoya, Japan. He is also a professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology and professor emeritus at Nagoya University. His research focuses on intelligent robotic systems and micro-nano robotics. He has published more than 2,000 articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings, and reports. He was elevated to Fellow in 1995 “for the development of distributed intelligent robotics and system control with neuron-fuzzy-genetic-algorithms-based computational intelligence.” Fukuda was director of IEEE Region 10 in 2013 and 2014 and IEEE Division X director/delegate in 2001 and 2002, and 2017 and 2018. He was president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 1988 and 1989 and general chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics from 1990 to 2012. He has served on several IEEE boards and committees.





ICIRA 2018 Plenary Speaker 4


Professor Rick Middleton


University of Newcastle


Large Scale Dynamics in Multi-Agent Systems


Abstract  Large groups of high order multi-agent systems, including examples of vehicles platoons, can exhibit complex dynamics, including 'string instabilities'. The underlying causes of these dynamics, ways of ameliorating undesirable large scale effects, and underlying theory will be reviewed in the talk. We will also discuss the influence of various errors, disturbances and the possible effects of malicious agents in such systems.


Speaker biography  Professor Richard H. Middleton completed his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He was a Research Professor at the Hamilton Institute, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth from May 2007 till 2011 and is currently Professor at the University of Newcastle and Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He has served as Program Chair (CDC 2006), co-general chair (CDC 2017) CSS Vice President Membership Activities, and Vice President Conference Activities. In 2011, he was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE and of IFAC, and his research interests include a broad range of Control Systems Theory and Applications, including Communications Systems, control of distributed systems and Systems Biology.