June 29 - July 2, 2021

Virtual Conference

ECC21

June 29 - July 2, 2021

Virtual Conference

ECC21

Workshops

The European Control Conference offers pre-conference workshops addressing current and future topics in control systems from experts from academia, research institutes, and industry. Pre-conference workshops cover material or use presentation formats that are not found within the main conference to increase the interest for the event, enhance interaction and discussion amongst participants, and make useful connections to fields outside of control.

ECC21 workshops will be held ONLINE on June 29, 2021, the day before the official opening of the conference. Registration for pre-conference workshops can be done online via the conference registration system. Please note that workshops are: (a) subject to cancellation for lack of registrants, and (b) allow a maximum number of participants. Conference registration is a prerequisite for registering at a pre-conference workshop.

The costs of attending a pre-conference workshop are:

Workshop registration Fee
Whole day workshop (regular) $ 150
Whole day workshop (student) $ 50
Half day workshop (regular) $ 100
Half day workshop (student) $ 35

List of workshops is reported below. For further information contact the conference Workshops Chair, prof. Francesco Vasca.

ECC21 will host the following 7 workshops.

  1. 29-06-2021 – Recent Advances, Challenges and Solutions in Wind Turbine Advanced Control, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control
  2. 29-06-2021 – Future Automotive Systems: Modeling, Design and Control
  3. 29-06-2021 – Modeling and Control of Electrically Assisted Cycles
  4. 29-06-2021- Model-based Control of Soft Robots
  5. 29-06-2021 – Latest Advances and Challenges in Control of Inland Waterway Transport
  6. 29-06-2021 – Modeling and Control of Boolean Dynamical Systems
  7. 29-06-2021 – Modeling and Control of Power Grids, Where Do We Go From Here

Recent Advances, Challenges and Solutions in Wind Turbine Advanced Control, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 08:45-13:15

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Silvio Simani, Vicenç Puig, Ron J. Patton, Horst Schulte, Peter Fogh Odgaard, Paolo Castaldi, Amin Hajizadeh.

Abstract:

The motivation for this workshop comes from a real need to have an overview about the challenges of fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control and advanced control solutions for very demanding systems, such as wind turbines and wind farm systems, which require reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety over power conversion efficiency. These topics have begun to stimulate research and development in the wide control community particularly for these installations that need a high degree of “sustainability” (i.e. tolerance with respect to possible fault). Note that this topic represents a key point mainly for offshore wind turbines with very large rotors, since they are characterised by challenging modelling and control problems, as well as expensive and safety critical maintenance works. In this case, a clear conflict exists between ensuring a high degree of availability and reducing maintenance times, which affect the final energy cost. On the other hand, wind turbines have highly nonlinear dynamics, with a stochastic and uncontrollable driving force as input in the form of wind speed, thus representing an interesting challenge also from the modelling point of view. Suitable advanced control methods, as well as fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control strategies, can provide a sustainable optimisation of the energy conversion efficiency over wider than normally expected working conditions. Moreover, a proper mathematical description of the wind turbine system should be able to capture the complete behaviour of the process under monitoring, thus providing an important impact on the control design itself. In this way, the control scheme could guarantee prescribed performance, whilst also giving a degree of “tolerance” to possible deviation of characteristic properties or system parameters from standard conditions, if properly included in the wind turbine model itself. The most important developments in advanced controllers for wind turbines are addressed, and open problems in the areas of modelling of wind turbines are also outlined. The workshop aims also to present and compare different schemes and solutions applied to nonlinear benchmark examples and real installations.

Program: will be available later

8:30-9:00

Welcome and Motivation

9:00-10:30

Session #1: Mathematics for the sharing economy

Antonio Frangioni (University of Pisa, Italy): Optimization methods: an applications oriented primer

Sergio Grammatico (TU Delft, Netherlands): On distributed generalized seeking equilibria for sharing economy applications

9:00-10:30

Session #1: Mathematics for the sharing economy

Antonio Frangioni (University of Pisa, Italy): Optimization methods: an applications oriented primer

Sergio Grammatico (TU Delft, Netherlands): On distributed generalized seeking equilibria for sharing economy applications

Future Automotive Systems: Modeling, Design and Control

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 13:00-17:30

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration website

Organizers:

Mauro Salazar, Theo Hofman

Abstract:

The automotive industry is undergoing an extensive powertrain transformation process: Conventional engines are being hybridized whilst full-electric vehicles are slowly pervading the market. Different powertrain and energy-carrier technologies are being investigated for applications ranging from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks, whilst sophisticated control algorithms are being studied to minimize their environmental impact.
As we strive for a transition towards a zero-emissions mobility, it becomes more critical that we answer questions about the future of automotive systems:
• How can we design powertrains that are sustainable and market-competitive?
• How can we leverage recent advances in vehicles’ autonomy and connectivity, as well as in on-board sensors’ availability and computational power to improve their performance?
• How can we attain a zero-emissions well-to-kilometers mobility?
• How can we ensure smooth deployment and integration into the existing infrastructure?
• How will this affect the transportation infrastructure at large?

This workshop will gather experts from automotive, mechanical, electrical and control engineering, in order to:
1. identify challenges and opportunities for the future of automotive;
2. identify modeling, design and control methodologies to address them;
3. share insights from early deployments and turn such insights into an actionable research roadmap.

The topics of Interest of the Workshop are: Theoretical modeling and analysis methods
Design and optimization tools; Real-time control algorithms; Simulation tools; Technology infusion; Real-world case studies
This workshop is geared towards researchers, industry practitioners and public officials whose work involves the design, deployment, operation, or regulation of automotive systems. The workshop will present a variety of tools and studies on the future automotive systems and will prompt fruitful conversations from the variety of stakeholders.

Final Program

13.00-13.30

Introduction – Optimization for Intelligent Mobility Systems: From Electric Racing to Sustainable Urban Mobility
Mauro Salazar

13.30-14.00

Market Trends and Innovations in E-Bus Development
Anouk Hol

14.00-14.30

Alternatives to Conventional Combustion Engines for Mobility: Possible Solutions and Some of Their Control and Optimization Problems
Christopher Onder

14.30-14.45

Break

14.45-15.15

Vehicle Performance Modelling at the Center of the Concept and Design Phase to Half Energy Consumption of Electric Vehicles
Arjo Van Der Ham

15.15-15.45

Towards 30% of Energy Reduction in Light Duty Passenger Vehicles
Stephanie Stockar

15.45-16.00

Break

16.00-16.30

Pushing the Envelope in Battery Estimation Algorithms
Simona Onori

16.30-17.30

Panel Discussion
On the Future of Automotive Research

 

Modeling and Control of Electrically Assisted Cycles

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ (Full day-times TBD)

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Matteo Corno, Jason K. Moore, Arend L. Schwab

Abstract:

The design of an electrical power assistance bicycle involves many challenges. One has to model the complex dynamics of a bicycle, quantify how the assistance torque interacts with the riding experience both from the point of view of pedaling effort and intuitiveness of the assistance and use this information to design the powertrain control strategy trying to optimize the use of the limited energy. On top of this, the relative low cost, light weight and size of the vehicle limit the resources one can leverage and call for the development of software sensing and sensor reduction algorithms to estimate several variables (rider’s torque, battery state of charge, and slope estimation to name a few).
In the workshop the eBike industry and market is first introduced. We will give the industry perspective on: i) The characteristics of an EPAC; ii) The present and future market development; iii) How to control the vehicle dynamics of an EPAC; iv) The role of virtual prototypes in the process of designing an EPAC; v) The impact of digitalization on EPAC.
Then the main dynamic properties of a bicycle are discussed: out-of-plane and in-plane dynamics. We provide an overview of the aspects one has to consider when designing the frame of a bicycle: stability, drivability, ergonomics and how the electrification of the bicycle impacts these choices.
In the successive presentation we introduce the main models used to describe the powertrain of an electric bicycle. We follow a bottom-up approach. We first recall the characteristics of each component: battery, electric motors, motor drivers. Using these building blocks, we then focus on the system-level perspective. We present the complete dynamic model of an EPAC, both in the parallel powertrain architecture (the most common) and the series powertrain architecture. We consider issues regarding the simulation and generation of realistic mission profiles using an approach based on Markov Chains.
The hybrid vehicle perspective pivots around the idea of considering the rider as a power source are also considered. Here we introduce the main metabolic and fatigue considerations and how to model human propulsion. Considering both static characterization and dynamics characterization. We describe experimental protocols and show how experimental data guide the identification of the model parameters.
A systematic approach to the design of the energy and assistance management system of a parallel hybrid electric bicycle is then discussed. We show how the energy and assistance management system can be formulated as a closed loop control problem. This allows us to consider conflicting goals. We present the latest results on adaptive assistance and energy management control based on user profiling.
In the last talk we provide an overview of the several estimation problems one has to face (slope estimation, roll estimation, torque estimation, road conditions estimation, state of charge estimation) with a deep dive on slope estimation.

Final Program

8:30-9:00

Welcome and Motivation

10:00-10:30

Introduction
Oliver Maier (Bosch eBike division)
Alessandro Moia (Corporate Research Bosch)

10:30-12:30

Vehicle Modeling and Dynamics
Jason K. Moore (TU Delft)
Arend L. Schwab (TU Delft)

12:30-13:00

Break

13:00-14:00

Powertrain Modeling and Dynamics
Matteo Corno (Politecnico di Milano)

14:00-15:00

Human Propulsion Considerations and Modeling.
Matteo Corno (Politecnico di Milano)
Jason Moore (TU Delft)

15:00-15:45

Parallel Hybrid Powertrain Control
Matteo Corno (Politecnico di Milano)

15:45-16:30

State Estimation
Matteo Corno (Politecnico di Milano)

16:30-17:30

Round Table on Future Developments of EPACs
Moderator: Arend L. Schwab (TU Delft).
Workshop wrap-up with a perspective on future developments with a round table with industrial guests:
Dr. Fabio Todeschini (CTO at https://blubrake.it/)
Dr. Ivo Boniolo (COO at https://e-novia.it/ )
Dr. Giovanni Alli (Production Manager at https://www.zehus.it/)

 

 

Model-based Control of Soft Robots

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 09:00-17:00

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Brandon Caasenbrood, Cosimo Della Santina, Alexander Porgromsky

Abstract:

In the past years, the field of soft robotics has spread rapidly among the scientific community. Unlike rigid robotics, soft robots are purposefully composed of soft materials allowing for intrinsic compliance and safety, a rich family of continuum-bodied motion, and environmental resilience. The main inspiration for soft robots stems from biology with the aim to achieve similar performance and dexterity as biological creatures. Although the field has made major steps have been towards bridging biology and robotics, its innate infinite dimensionality poses significant challenges on modeling and control. The diligence of achieving similar precision and speed to nowadays’ rigid robots, and ultimately nature, stresses the paramount importance of novel modeling and control strategies tailored for soft robotics. In this workshop, we aim to unite various researchers interested in modeling and control of soft robots, in particular those with different areas of expertise and key insights into control. To broaden the horizon on control-oriented modeling of soft robots and its application, recognized experts will cover the new and state of-the-art developments in soft robotic. Additionally, we also extend towards speakers with key insights into alternative control approaches. To this end, we like to further promote this multi-disciplinary branch of robotics in the control community. We plan to organize the workshop into two sessions: (i) Modeling of Soft Robots, (ii) Control Applications for Soft Robots. During these sessions, we hope to foster active discussions and promote the exchange of ideas between experts, younger researchers, and students working in different fields.

Final Program

09.00-16:30

9:00-10:30

Session #1: Modeling of Soft Robots

09.15-10.00

09.15-10.00 First Keynote Stefano Stramigioli
10.00-10.30 First Invited Talk Federico Renda
10.30-10.45 Coffee Break
10.45-11.30 Second Keynote

09.15-10.00

First Keynote
Stefano Stramigioli

Latest Advances and Challenges in Control of Inland Waterway Transport

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 8:30-17:00

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Vasso Reppa, Peter Slaets, Davy Pissoort, Rudy. R. Negenborn

Abstract:

Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) has been an emerging and promising mode of transport for ensuring sustainability. IWT can contribute to the decongestion of road transport and the abatement of CO2 and air polluting emissions, while being a more economical transport mode. Moreover, IWT can facilitate the implementation of autonomous (possibly unmanned) vessels, performing various tasks from transporting passengers and freight to collecting waste, as well as the digitalization of inland waterway infrastructure. In the last decade there have been significant research and innovation activities in the modelling, automation and optimization of IWT being considered as a system of systems viz vessels and infrastructure (e.g. bridges and locks). The objectives of the proposed workshop will be to discuss the challenges of IWT and the roadmap to its autonomy, to present the latest research results and new IWT concepts, and to propose future directions. The full day workshop will consist of four main sessions: (i) Guidance, navigation and control of inland vessels, (ii) Coordination of IWT systems, (iii) Autonomy and Certification of IWT systems, and (iv) Research and Innovation Initiatives. An introductory session will give an overview of the challenges and achievements of IWT, and a closing session will be dedicated to opportunities for collaboration and transfer of knowledge. There will be presentations of 14 junior and senior researchers of 6 universities, 2 research organizations and 1 company with background in automatic control and waterborne transport engineering.

Final Program

08:30-09:00

Introductory session

09:00-11:00

Session 1

11:00-11:15

Coffee break

11:15-12:15

Session 2

12:15-13:15

Lunch break

13:15-14:15

Session 3

14:15-15:15

Session 4 (part 1)

15:15-15:30

Coffee break

15:30-16:30

Session 4 (part 2)

16:30-17:00

Concluding session

Modeling and Control of Boolean Dynamical Systems

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 8:30-17:30

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Carmen Del Vecchio, Amol Yerudkar, Maria Elena Valcher, Luigi Glielmo

Abstract:

The past two decades have seen a renewed interest in Boolean dynamical systems (BDSs). In the absence of numerical data, continuous-time modeling of systems shows an inherent weakness that can be overcome by BDSs. A relevant example is represented by the ability of BDSs to develop comprehensive biological network models that can generate testable hypotheses and effectively direct future wet-bench experiments. These models are used to unravel the mechanisms behind system properties or to identify promising targets for intervention. Indeed, to achieve the desired intervention objectives there is the need to control the network via external input signals. In this context, control of BDSs may help in devising appropriate optimal control strategies to eliminate (or alleviate the effect of) the undesired states. Albeit the control of BDSs has gained tremendous interest among control theorists and systems biologists in the last decade, the community still strives to invent new computationally efficient and scalable control techniques. Moreover, a rising field of study explores model-free approaches to control the BDSs, when lack of knowledge prevents system model availability. Building on this growing interest, this workshop has been structured to gather scientists involved in the field and to promote a comprehensive discussion on contemporary modeling and control aspects of BDSs. The full day workshop will address three major topics of interest: i) Observability and Control of BDSs, ii) Special classes of BDSs, and iii) BDSs in biology and medicine. To cover this matter, talks will present recent work and future challenges in a broadly accessible manner. An introductory overview on mathematical modeling of BDSs will set a common ground for speakers and audience. The list of speakers includes both junior and senior researchers and reflects diverse backgrounds in modeling and control.

Final Program

08:30-08.45

Welcome and Motivation

08:45-09:30

Mathematical Modeling of Boolean Dynamical Systems: An Overview
Maria Elena Valcher

09:15-12:10

Session #1: Observability and Control of Boolean Dynamical Systems

09.15–9.55 “Control-theoretic Properties of Conjunctive Boolean Networks” (Michael Margaliot)

09.55-10.35 “On Pinning Control of Large-scale Boolean Networks” (Jianquan Lu)

10:35-10:50

Break

10.50-11.30 “Scalable Control of Asynchronous Boolean Networks” (Jun Pang)

11.30-12.10 “Control and Observation of Boolean Networks when Targets are Restricted to Attractors” (Tatsuya Akutsu)

12.10-13.00

Break

13.00-15.00

Session #2: Special Classes of Boolean Dynamical Systems

13.00-13.40 “Efficient Observability Verification for Special Large-scale Boolean Control Networks
with applications to Boolean Biological Systems” (Kuize Zhang)

13.40-14.20 “Partially Observable Boolean Dynamical Systems” (Ulisses M. Braga-Neto)

14.20-15.00 “Reinforcement Learning in Boolean Dynamical Systems“ (Amol Yerudkar)

15.00-15.15

Break

15.15-16.35

Session #3: Boolean Dynamical Systems in Biology and Medicine

15.15-15.55 “Identification of Control Targets in Boolean Networks via Computational Algebra” (Alan Veliz-Cuba)

15.55-16.35 “Model-dependent and Model-Independent Control of Biological Network Models” (Jorge Gómez Tejeda Zañudo)

 

16.35-17.00

Closing Remarks (Organizers)

 

 

Modeling and Control of Power Grids, Where Do We Go From Here

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 8:30-16:30

Location:

Online workshop

How to Register:

Please register via the conference registration page

Organizers:

Francesco Lo Iudice, Pietro De Lellis

Abstract:

The recent spread of renewable energy and distributed generation, together with the introduction of smart appliances has had a deep impact across the three-layer control architecture of power networks. Indeed, renewable energy sources, connected to the grids through power electronic converters, are not characterized by the rotational inertia typical of synchronous generators, and thus put in jeopardy the stability properties of the grid. Furthermore, the intrinsic fluctuating nature of renewable and distributed power generation represents an additional threat for the robustness of the frequency regulation in modern grids. In simple words, while renewable energy sources, distributed generation, and smart appliances represent a great opportunity to transition towards a far more energetically sustainable world, they also pose novel challenges in the operation of power grids. Coping with these challenges has been the main focus of recent work on control of power grids, and will continue to be in the future. This workshop aims at discussing the main trends in the recent literature on this wide research topic by merging the perspectives of a lineup of speakers from both the control and electrical engineering communities. Our ultimate goal is that of helping the audience navigate the ever-growing literature on control of power grids, highlighting the key open problems to be addressed. To this aim, the speakers will give their talks in a broadly accessible manner, so to facilitate participants with a control background that may be interested in entering this field. After a brief motivating presentation by the organizers, the workshop will proceed through three technical sessions that we hope will spark an interesting exchange of thoughts in the discussion panel on future research directions that will conclude our program.

Final Program

08:30-9:00

Welcome and Motivation

9:00-10:30

Session #1: Stability and Control of Future Power Systems

– “Power Network Science – Stability and Control”, Professor David J. Hill, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

– “The changing dynamics of power systems: challenges for future stable operation”, Professor Keith Bell, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

10.30-10.45

Break

10.45-12.15

Session #2: Analysis and control of low inertia power systems

– “On the interaction of frequency and voltage control in low-inertia systems”, Professor Federico Milano, University College, Dublin, Ireland.

– “Control of low-inertia power systems”, Professor Florian Dorfler, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.

12.15-13.15

Lunch Break

13.15-14.30

Session #3: Cascading failures, power flow and the network structure.

– “Distributed flow control and mechanism design for infrastructure networks” Professor Giacomo Como, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

– “Dynamical models for cascading failures in power grids”, Professor Emanuele Crisostomi, Università di Pisa, Italy.

14.30-14.45

Break

14.45-16.15

Discussion and Future Directions.

Chair: Professor Mario di Bernardo, Università di Napoli, Italy.

16.15-16.30

Closing Remarks