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"Longitude" - Inaugural Lecture

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Tea at 16.45 in the Senior Common Room

Inaugural Lecture by Alessandro Astolfi, Professor of Non-linear Control Theory

This talk summarises 20 years in control with a view to the future. I start formulating the longitude problem using the concept of coordinates, nonlinear systems theory and the notions of feedback and robustness. I then discuss Harrison’s solution from a control perspective and present my work on nonlinear control theory and its applications. I highlight the importance of selecting coordinates which are adapted to the control problem, provide an interpretation of controllers as signal generators, and illustrate the role of a geometric perspective of performance. Flight control, drug scheduling, and image processing problems are presented to illustrate these ideas.

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