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ASCC 2013 Workshop and Tutorials

The rich technical program of ASCC 2013 is complemented by one workshop and four tutorials that will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The workshop and tutorials will take place in the Engineering Building, Vedat Yerlici Conference Center in Bo?aziçi University campus, one of the top universities in Turkey, with a beautiful view of the Boshporus. We will start with a workshop on using "LEGO Mindstorms with MATLAB and Simulink for Teaching Controls, Robotics and Mechatronics" that will be presented by the Mathworks from 11:00 to 14:00. After a lunch break, four workshops will take place in parallel from 15:00 to 18:00. The conference welcome reception will take place in the roof terrace of the same building at 18:30-21:30. Transportation from the city hotels to the workshop/tutorial site and back to the hotels after the conference welcome reception will be provided by the conference organization. Detailed information on the workshop and the tutorial sessions is listed below. Please register early for these exciting events as space is limited.

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 11:00-14:00

Workshop W1: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT with MATLAB and Simulink for Teaching Controls, Robotics and Mechatronics  
Presenter: Dr. Mischa Kim, Mathworks Germany

This workshop describes the built-in support for prototyping, testing, and running Simulink models on LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT. This platform aims to address the growing need for hands-on and project-based learning via a low-cost, easy to use hardware and software platform that builds on the widely used MATLAB & Simulink platform. The Simulink built-in support for hardware enables students to access the hardware capabilities of the 32-bit LEGO NXT brick from within Simulink environment, and to automatically generate and cross-compile the necessary code for real time autonomous implementation.  Faculty who attend will have a chance to work through lab modules with examples of embedded genetic algorithms, motor speed control and mobile inverted pendulum. They will have an opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in building such high-level examples themselves, and by extension understand the potential for use in the classroom with undergraduate students. The details of the workshop is here.


Sunday, June 23, 2013, 15:00-18:00

Tutorial T1: On-line Optimization: Extremum Seeking Control and its Applications
Presenters: Prof. Iven Mareels, Assoc. Prof. Chris Manzie and Dr. Ying Tan

Extremum seeking control (ESC) is a real time optimization method for steady-state optimization of engineered systems. It is an enabling technology that is used in a range of important applications, such as power generation, irrigation, optical communication, environmental monitoring and economics. The main objective of this tutorial is to present the fundamentals of extremum seeking control to systems and control researchers who may not be familiar with the concept. This tutorial will describe several streams of ESC from around the world and will provide participants with an overview of the current state-of-the-art in ESC from the basic ESC theory through to current design practice, example applications, and ongoing research directions. The details of the tutorial is here.

Tutorial T2: Developing Cyber-Physical Systems: Autonomous Vehicles in Regular Traffic
Presenters: Prof. Ümit Özgüner, Prof. Keith Redmill, Dr. Arda Kurt

In this tutorial we will cover aspects of the analysis and synthesis of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), concentrating on the design of Autonomous Vehicles. We shall specifically consider autonomous and semi-autonomous cars in a street network, interacting with human-driven cars. Topics that will be covered are: Modeling of interconnected dynamic systems, Information and coordination hierarchies, Hybrid system modeling, Autonomous vehicles. Examples will be from the Urban Challenge, an intersection approach, 4 communicating cars, testing large CPS. The details of the tutorial is here.


Tutorial T3: Control of Mechatronic Systems Using the COMES Toolbox
Presenters: Prof. Levent Güvenç, Prof. Bilin Aksun Güvenç, Mümin Tolga Emirler

This tutorial concentrates on four different approaches that are widely used in controlling mechatronic systems. These control approaches are: classical control, preview control, disturbance observer control and repetitive control. The COntrol of MEchatronic Systems (COMES) toolbox developed as a Matlab based graphical user interface for designing classical, preview, disturbance observer and repetitive controllers will be introduced and used in the examples. The focus of the tutorial will be more on the disturbance observer and repetitive control methods. For these two approaches, the method of mapping frequency domain criteria like sensitivity minimization, phase/gain margin bounds to controller parameter space will be presented as an easy to use, interactive and practical method of designing low order controllers. This method allows the use of frequency domain specifications in a parameter space design setting. Three case studies will be used to illustrate the presented methods. The first case study is on yaw stability control of a road vehicle based on the disturbance observer. The second case study is on control of the piezo-tube in an atomic force microscope using a disturbance observer. The third case study is on repetitive control applied to an atomic force microscope. The details of the tutorial is here.