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The organizing committee of ICCA 2017 is proud to present the following keynote addresses by three internationally renowned experts:

Extremum Seeking and its Applications

Professor Miroslav Krstic
Department of Mechanical and Aero. Eng.
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0411

Miroslav Krstic holds the Alspach endowed chair and is the founding director of the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UC San Diego. He also serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSD. As a graduate student, Krstic won the UC Santa Barbara best dissertation award and student best paper awards at CDC and ACC. Krstic is Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, ASME, SIAM, and IET (UK), Associate Fellow of AIAA, and foreign member of the Academy of Engineering of Serbia. He has received the PECASE, NSF Career, and ONR Young Investigator awards, the Axelby and Schuck paper prizes, the Chestnut textbook prize, the ASME Nyquist Lecture Prize, and the first UCSD Research Award given to an engineer. Krstic has also been awarded the Springer Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Invitation Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Honorary Professorships from the Northeastern University (Shenyang), Chongqing University, and Donghua University, China. He serves as Senior Editor in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Automatica, as editor of two Springer book series, and has served as Vice President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society and as chair of the IEEE CSS Fellow Committee. Krstic has coauthored eleven books on adaptive, nonlinear, and stochastic control, extremum seeking, control of PDE systems including turbulent flows, and control of delay systems.

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Analysis and Control of Collective Behaviour in Complex Multi-agent Systems

Professor Mario di Bernardo
Professor of Nonlinear Systems and Control
University of Naples Federico II, Italy
University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Mario di Bernardo (SMIEEE ’06, FIEEE 2012) is Full Professor of Automatic Control at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. He is also Full Professor of Nonlinear Systems and Control at the University of Bristol, U.K and Honorary Professor of Control at Fudan University, China. On 28th February 2007 he was bestowed the title of "Cavaliere" of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for scientific merits from the President of Italy. In January 2012, he was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to the analysis, control and applications of nonlinear systems and complex networks. In 2006 and again in 2009 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. From 2011 to 2014 he was Vice President for Financial Activities of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. In 2015 he served as appointed member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. In 2009, he was elected President of the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity for the term 2010-2013. He was re-elected in 2010 for the term 2014-2017. His research interests include the analysis, synchronization and control of complex network systems; the analysis and control of hybrid and piecewise-smooth dynamical systems; nonlinear dynamics, nonlinear control theory and applications to engineering and synthetic biology. He authored or co-authored more than 250 international scientific publications including more than 140 papers in scientific journals, over 100 contributions to refereed conference proceedings, a unique research monograph on the dynamics and bifurcations of piecewise-smooth systems published by Springer-Verlag and two edited books. According to the international database SCOPUS (March 2017) his h-index is 38 and his publications received over 5500 citations from other authors. He was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for the term 2014-2015. Currently, he is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems and member of the Steering Committee of the new IEEE Control Systems Letters. He is regularly invited as Plenary Speaker in Italy and abroad. Recent invitations include the IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation 2017 and the International workshop on Control in Synthetic Biology at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, the 12th Chinese Conference on Complex Networks, the 2015 Network Frontier Workshop at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, the IEEE Conference on Applications of Nonsmooth Systems in Como, Italy in September 2014 and the IFAC Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems in June 2009. He has been organizer and co-organizer of several scientific initiatives and events including international events at Urbino (2011 & 2013), Paris (2010), Bristol (2009), Napoli (2006), Capri (2006), Bristol (2004), Milano (2004). He received funding from several institutions including the EU, the Italian Ministry of University and Research, the UK Research Councils and Industry for a total amount of over 8M Euros. He is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for the term 2016-2017.


Network systems abound in Nature and play an important role in many technological applications, e.g. power grids, cooperative robotic networks, the internet. Their complex structure together with the dynamics of the processes taking place on them can yield emergent collective behaviour which cannot be explained in terms of the individual node dynamics alone. A crucial example is the emergence of coordination and synchronization where all nodes in the network converge towards some common asymptotic solution. This talk will address the problem of deriving conditions to guarantee the emergence of such coordinated collective behaviour and review strategies through which this process can be controlled so as to make the network to converge towards a desired reference behaviour. Then, I will focus on recent developments by my group on distributed and decentralized strategies to control the collective behaviour of a network of interest towards synchronization. I will highlight the role played by the network structure and describe some of the pressing open challenges that need to be faced in order to develop a consistent framework for the control of collective behaviour in complex network systems. A set of representative applications from Engineering and the Life Sciences will be used throughout the talk to illustrate the theoretical results.

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Representations of the Saturation Nonlinearities and Constructions of Lyapunov Functions for Control Systems with Actuator Saturation

Professor Zongli Lin
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Univ. of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4743

Zongli Lin is the Ferman W. Perry Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, in 1983, his Master of Engineering degree in control engineering and applications from Chinese Academy of Space Technology, Beijing, China, in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, in 1994. His current research interests include nonlinear control, robust control, and control applications. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2001-2003), IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2006-2009) and IEEE Control Systems Magazine (2005-2012). He was an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2008-2010) and chaired the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control (2013-2015). He has served on the operating committees of several conferences and will be the program chair of the 2018 American Control Conference. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series, including Automatica, Systems & Control Letters, Science China Information Sciences, and Springer/Birkhauser book series Control Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IFAC, and a Fellow of AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


For an exponentially unstable linear system subject to actuator saturation, only local stabilization can be achieved. A natural and fundamental problem associated local stabilization is the determination and enlargement of the domain of attraction. This problem involves the representation of the saturation nonlinearity and the construction of Lyapunov functions. This talk will illustrate how various representations of the saturation nonlinearity and constructions of Lyapunov functions will result in different degrees of conservatism in estimating the domain of attraction under a given linear state feedback law and in enlarging the domain of attraction by the design of the feedback gain.

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