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Workshop for future research collaborations

Published: 21 August 2017

Leading researcher and business representatives in the area Automatic Control have had a workshop at Luleå University of Technology to discuss future joint research directions in the field selection of control structures for large scale systems.

– Hopefully, we can define joint research tracks and collaborations that will provide the enabling technologies for efficient large scale systems, such as a smart city or a smart industry, says Wolfgang Birk, Professor of Automatic Control at Luleå University of Technology.

– The purpose of the workshop is also to identify challenges that remain in this field of research and in what way they can be addressed.

Research in the field control structure selection has been ongoing since the early 1960s and is quite mature. Nevertheless, its methodologies are not easily used in industry since it requires deep knowledge in the field. Now that everything becomes more connected, such as energy systems, social systems and industrial systems, the complexity grows.

– In order to tackle this complexity, the methods and tools for creating reliable and efficient large scale systems are becoming increasingly important. An essential question is therefore in which direction should research move?  says Wolfgang Birk.

The workshop Perspectives and Future Directions in Control Configuration Selection (PiCCS) was organized by the research group in Control Engineering at Luleå University of Technology and the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). Researchers from NTNU Trondheim, Cranfield, ITMO St. Petersburg, Queens University in Canada, Chalmers, Linköping University and KTH participated in the workshop. There were also representatives from industry; such as Perstorp and Optimation.


Wolfgang Birk

Wolfgang Birk, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491965
Organisation: Control Engineering, Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering