Plenary Speakers

Sarah Spurgeon

Sarah Spurgeon

Professor, University College London

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, 9.00 a.m.- 10.00 a.m.)

Alessandro Giua

Alessandro Giua

Professor, Università di Cagliari and Aix-Marseille Université

Alessandro Giua is a professor at the University of Cagliari (Italy)  with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where he is a member of the of Automatic Control group.  He is also professor (on leave) at Aix-Marseille University, France, with the Information and Systems Sciences Laboratory (LSIS), where he is a member of the group MoFED.

He received the Laurea degree in electric engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1990 and 1992. He joined the University of Cagliari in 1994 as assistant professor, becoming associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2005. He joined Aix-Marseille University in 2013.      

His research interests include discrete event systems, hybrid systems, networked control systems, automated manufacturing, Petri nets, control of mechanical systems, failure diagnosis. He co-authored, with Angela Di Febbraro, the book "Sistemi ad eventi discreti", McGraw-Hill Italia, 2002, and co-authored with Carla Seatzu the book "Analisi dei sistemi dinamici", Springer-Verlag Italia, II edition, 2009.

He has been a visiting researcher at: Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), INRIA Rocquencourt e Lorraine (France), Université d'Angers (France), Université de Metz (France), CINVESTAV  Guadalajara (Mexico), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France), Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg (Germany), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III (France), Zhejiang University (China),  Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (France), Xidian University (China).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to discrete event and hybrid systems, and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He has been awarded in 2017 the Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China.