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Plenary Speakers

1. Tamer Basar, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA  (

Title of Presentation: Multi-Agent Networked Systems with Adversarial Elements 

Abstract: is available here.


Tamer Basar was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He received the B.S.E.E. degree from Robert College in 1969, and the M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and applied science from Yale University in 1970, 1971 and 1972, respectively. After holding positions at Harvard University and Marmara Research Institute, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1981, where he currently holds the academic positions of Swanlund Endowed Chair, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Professor at the Information Trust Institute, and Affiliate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He spent sabbatical years at Twente University of Technology (the Netherlands; 1978-79), and INRIA (France; 1987-88, 1994-95).

Dr. Basar has published extensively in systems, control, communications, and dynamic games, including 4 books, 4 edited volumes, over 230 journal articles and book chapters, and over 350 conference publications. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Automatica, the Editor of the Birkhäuser Series on Systems & Control, the Editor of the Birkhäuser Series on Static & Dynamic Game Theory: Foundations and Applications, the Managing Editor of the Annals of the International Society of Dynamic Games (ISDG), an Editor of Springer Briefs: Control, Automations and Robotics, and member of editorial and advisory boards of several international journals in control, games, networks, and applied mathematics. His current research interests include stochastic teams and games; routing, pricing, and congestion control in communication networks; control over wired and wireless networks; sensor networks; formation in adversarial environments; mobile and distributed computing; risk-sensitive estimation and control; mean-field game theory; game-theoretic approaches to security in computer networks, including intrusion detection and response; and cyber-physical systems.

Tamer Basar has received several awards and recognitions over the years, among which are the Medal of Science of Turkey (1993); Distinguished Member Award  (1993), Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (1995), and Bode Lecture Prize (2004) of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS); Tau Beta Pi Drucker Eminent Faculty Award of UIUC (2004); Quazza Medal (2005) and Outstanding Service Award (2005) of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC); Bellman Control Heritage Award (2006) of the American Automatic Control  Council (AACC); honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from Dogus University (Istanbul; 2007), National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (2011), and Bogazici University (Istanbul; 2012); honorary professorship from Northeastern University (Shenyang; 2008); and Isaacs Award of ISDG (2010). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a member of the European Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of SIAM, a Fellow of IFAC, and a current elected member of IFAC Council. He was the president of IEEE CSS (2000), the founding president of ISDG (1990-1994), and the president of AACC (2010-2011). 

2. Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China ( )

Title of Presentation: will be available soon.

Abstract: will be available soon.


Lei GUO received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Shandong University in 1982, and Ph.D. degree in control theory from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University (1987-1989). Since 1992, he has been a Professor of the Institute of Systems Science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he had been Director of the Institute (1999-2002). He has also been the President of the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, CAS(2002.12-2012.4). He is currently the Director of the National Center for Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences, CAS(2010.12-).

 Dr. Guo was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1998, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in 2002, Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2007, and Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in 2007 “for fundamental contributions to the theory of adaptive control and estimation of stochastic systems, and to the understanding of the maximum capability of feedback”. He was also the recipient of the 1993 IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize "for solving a long standing problem in control theory concerning convergence and convergence rate for the least-squares–based self-tuning regulators". He was a plenary speaker at the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress in 1999, and an Invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2002, among others.

He has served as a Council Member of IFAC (2005-2011), Member of IEEE Control Systems Award Committee (2008-2011), Member of the IFAC Award Committee (2005-2008), Associate Editor of SIAM J. Control and Optimization (1991-1993), General Co-Chair of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009), and Vice-President of the Chinese Mathematical Society. Currently, he serves as a Member of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2008-), Advisor of the National Basic Research Program of China (2011-), the President of the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CSIAM), a Vice-President of the Chinese Association of Automation, and member of editorial boards of a number of academic journals in mathematics, systems and control.

He has worked on problems in adaptive control, system identification, adaptive signal processing, and stochastic systems. His current research interests include the capability of feedback, multi-agent systems, complex adaptive systems, and quantum control systems, among others.


3. Iven Mareels, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia ( )

Title of Presentation: Four Millennia of Irrigation Water Management: A Systems Engineer's Perspective


One of the great world challenges is to double the world's food production over the next 40 years. A goal the world must realise without using significantly more water, land or fertiliser: a food productivity revolution of a magnitude never realised before in human history.

It is our thesis that systems engineering principles can (and should) play a major role in addressing this food security challenge.

In this lecture, we briefly introduce the present food security challenge and in particular focus on the water productivity aspects.

Next we review the history of irrigation, starting in the fertile crescent where the first urban civilisations settled backed by irrigation based agriculture. It is here, as early as 1800BC, that the Sumerians recorded the water management practices that first underpinned, but later destroyed, their society. Since then the irrigated land area has increased 400-fold, and the world population has grown by a factor of 200.  

The "irrigation management" problem of delivering water, using gravity as the driving force, through a (large scale) irrigation channel network to meet farmer requirements may be captured as a receding horizon predictive control problem. A decentralised approximate solution which scales well is presented. This solution has been implemented in a large scale irrigation renewal project in Australia comprising about 6,000km of main canal, over 18,000 in-channel regulating structures, and about 20,000 onto farm outlets. This district typically allocates 3,000 Gl per annum. Results from this implementation will be presented.

Presently research and development is shifting from the channel automation to the smaller scale of on-farm automation and the larger scale of river automation.  On farm the goal is to increase (economic) water productivity. On the river scale we want to meet environmental objectives.

We conclude with describing some of the important remaining challenges in addressing water resource management on its geographically relevant scale: an entire water catchment area.


Iven Mareels is the Dean of the School of Engineering, the University of Melbourne, a position he took on in June 2007. He obtained the (ir) Masters of Electromechanical Engineering from Gent University Belgium in 1982 and the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in 1987.

Prior to commencing as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1996, he held appointments at the Australian National University (1990-1996), the University of Newcastle (1988-1990) and the University of Gent (1986-1988), as well as various visiting appointments at the University of Twente, The Netherlands; National University of Singapore; University of California, both at Santa Barbara and San Diego; and Valencia University of Technology, Valencia, Spain. He is honorary Professor at Zheijang University, China; National University of Defence Science and Technology, China; and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

He has received several awards in recognition of his research and teaching. He was a recipient of a 2008 Clunies Ross Award, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for his work on Smart Irrigation Systems. In 2007 he received the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Knowledge Transfer Excellence award from the University of Melbourne, for his work in large scale irrigation systems with Rubicon Systems Australia. In 2005, he was named IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer, and in 1994 received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Australian National University.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He is a Member of the Royal Flemish Belgian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.  He is registered as a Corporate Professional Engineer and he is a member of the Engineering Executives chapter of Engineers Australia. He is a founding member of the Asian Control Association, and a member of the organising committee for the Mathematical Theory in Networks and Systems conference. Over the period Jan 2003-Dec 2005 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Control Systems Society IEEE. He was the Chair of the National Committee for Automation, Control and Instrumentation (Australia 2005-2009).  He is the Chair of the Technical Board of the International Federation of Automatic Control (and ex-officio Vice-President) for 2008-2014. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Mathematical Theory in Networks and Systems group.

He is a Member of the Board of the Bionic Ear Institute (since 1998), a Member of the Board of SPIRE (since 2002), a Member of the Board of Bionic Vision Australia (since 2009) and a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (since 2009) and a Member of the Steering Committee for the Centre for Neural Engineering (since 2009) as well as  a Member of the Steering Committee for the Melbourne based IBM Research Centre,  an a member of the Advisory Boards for The Institute for Broadband Enabled Society and the Melbourne Materials Institute.

He has extensive experience in consulting for both industry and government. He has strong interests in education and has taught a broad range of subjects in both mechanical and electrical engineering curricula.  He was one of the main developers (1990-1996) of the Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian National University and one of the architects (2006-…) of the 3+2 Master of Engineering education at Melbourne.

His research interests are in adaptive and learning systems, nonlinear control and modelling. At present his research focuses on modelling and controlling of large scale systems, both engineered as well as natural systems, such as large scale water networks, smart grids and epilepsy.

Iven Mareels has published 5 books,  in excess of 120 journal publications and 230 conference publications. He holds a suite of 23 international patents in the field of irrigation system management. He has supervised to completion more than 30 PhD students, 10 MPhil students and is currently supervising 3 PhD students and 2 MPhil students.