EECS500 Spring 2014 Department Seminar

Richard Vinter
Game Theoretic Controllers that Confine the State to a Safe Region, and Applications to Flow Control
Imperial College London
Glennan 313
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 17, 2014

Control design problems are often encountered where the state of a system must be steered away from a ‘danger' zone. Examples include aircraft control where certain regions of the flight envelope  (those associated stall for instance) are forbidden, communications systems where ‘lock’ with a satellite link must be maintained, and process control where pressure and temperature thresholds must not be exceeded. The talk will provide an overview of techniques for designing such control systems. Particular attention will be given to recent approaches based on formulating the design problem as one of differential games. They will be illustrated by application to a flow control problem arising in chemical engineering.


Richard Vinter (Fellow of the IEEE and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering) is Professor of Control, Imperial College London. He obtained a PhD in Control Engineering at Cambridge University and subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow for two years in the Electronic Systems Laboratory MIT. He is former Head of the Control and Power Group in the EEE Department, and has served as a Dean in the Engineering Faculty, Imperial College.

His research is centered on optimal control, nonlinear systems, nonlinear filtering and differential games, with applications in power systems, aerospace and process control. He has published widely in these areas and has written two books, including the monograph Optimal Control.