Plenary Speakers

Sarah Spurgeon

Sarah Spurgeon

Professor, University College London, UK

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FInstMC, FIET, FIMA is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently a member of the Council of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is Immediate Past President of the Engineering Professors Council, the representative body for engineering in higher education and is immediate Past President of the Institute of Measurement and Control. She is a Board Member of EngineeringUK as well as Dstl, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in the UK.

Sliding Modes for Estimation: Theory and Practice (November 21, 2019, 8.40 - 9.40 a.m.)

Alessandro Giua

Alessandro Giua

Professor, Università di Cagliari, Italy

Alessandro Giua is professor of Automatic Control at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of the University of Cagliari, Italy. He received a Ph.D. degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA in 1992. He has also held visiting positions in several institutions worldwide. His research interests include discrete event systems, hybrid systems, networked control systems, Petri nets and failure diagnosis. On these topics he has published extensively, given several talks and managed international and national research projects. He is currently Editor in Chief of the IFAC journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems; Senior Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control; and Department Editor of the journal Discrete Event Dynamic Systems.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for contributions to discrete event and hybrid systems and a recipient of the IFAC Outstanding Service Award.

Partially Observed Discrete Event Systems: from Estimation to Cyber-security (November 22, 2019, 8.30 - 9.30 a.m.)