SAIEE WESTERN CAPE CENTRE
“ AUTOMATIC CONTROL: THE HIDDEN TECHNOLOGY THAT MODERN SOCIETY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT”
Prof Ian Craig
Conference Room, New Building A, DEECE (Electrical Engineering)
Department of Electrical Electronic and Computer Enigineering
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Belville Campus
Off Symphiny Way, Belville South
01 - 14 September 2018
This presentation will explain why automatic control is a hidden technology that modern society cannot live without. In order to do so, automatic control will be defined and explained using concepts that are accessible to a technologically literate audience.
Automatic control is a pervasive technology prevalent in the production of almost all goods and services consumed by the modern consumer. A thought experiment will be entertained that describes what life may be like without automatic control in the provision of e.g. electricity and telecommunications services.
The conceptual nature of automatic control lends itself to addressing problems from a vast number of domains. To illustrate this point, control formulations will be provided for problems in mineral processing and infectious disease mitigation.
The presentation concludes with a discussion of some future challenges for the automatic control field.
Prof Ian Craig
Ian Craig received the B.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria, the S.M. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D and M.B.A. degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria since 1995 where he heads the control systems group. Previously he was part of the Measurement Control Division of Mintek where he was involved in the design, implementation and commercialisation of advanced controllers for the mineral processing industry. His research interests include model-based control and optimisation in the process industries, as well as the modelling and control of infectious diseases.
Ian was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Control Engineering Practice from 2005-2010 and President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) from 2011-2014. He was appointed IFAC Advisor in 2017, received the IFAC Outstanding Service Award in 2008, was elected Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering in 2006, received the 2014 President's Award from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and has trice received the exceptional academic achiever award from the University of Pretoria. Ian is a Fellow of the SAIEE and the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC). He is the current chair of the IFAC Foundation Board and the IFAC Publications Committee.
Ian has presented plenary addresses at a number of international events and has been a member of over 40 international programme committees, including as chair. He has published more than 150 journal and conference papers, and is rated as an internationally acclaimed researcher by the South African National Research Foundation.