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Talk: John J Leonard, Inference and Representations for Improving the Robustness of SLAM

Date and Time: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1100 AEST Speaker: John J Leonard, MIT Title: Inference and Representations for Improving the Robustness of SLAM Abstract: Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is the process of constructing a global model of an environment from local observations of it; this is a foundational capability for mobile robots,Continue reading “Talk: John J Leonard, Inference and Representations for Improving the Robustness of SLAM”

Talk: Yannis Paschalidis, Machine Learning and Optimization Endeavors in Computational Biology and Medicine

Date and Time: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1100 AEST Speaker: Yannis Paschalidis, Boston University, http://sites.bu.edu/paschalidis Title: Machine Learning and Optimization Endeavors in Computational Biology and Medicine Abstract: Optimization methods, and more broadly quantitative data-driven reasoning, have been the backbone of engineering systems for a very long time. More recently, and at an accelerating pace, they are findingContinue reading “Talk: Yannis Paschalidis, Machine Learning and Optimization Endeavors in Computational Biology and Medicine”

Talk: Robert Chin, Model Predictive Controller Tuning by Machine Learning and Ordinal Optimisation

Date and Time: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Robert Chin, The University of Melbourne Title: Model Predictive Controller Tuning by Machine Learning and Ordinal Optimisation Abstract: We present research findings towards the tuning of weight matrices in quadratic-cost model predictive controllers. In particular, we consider a scenario where the controller designer isContinue reading “Talk: Robert Chin, Model Predictive Controller Tuning by Machine Learning and Ordinal Optimisation”

Talk: Naime Ahmadi, Power Systems Decomposition for Robustifying State Estimation under Cyber Attacks

Date and Time: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: : Naime Ahmadi, Tokyo University of Technology Title: Power Systems Decomposition for Robustifying State Estimation under CyberAttacks Abstract: We propose an algorithm for the on-line implementation of a robust staticstate estimator on large power systems. The proposed algorithm maximizes thenumber of outliers and cyber-attacksContinue reading “Talk: Naime Ahmadi, Power Systems Decomposition for Robustifying State Estimation under Cyber Attacks”

Talk: Yankai Lin, Optimization and security in networked control systems

Date and Time: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Yankai Lin, The University of Melbourne Title: Optimization and security in networked control systems Abstract: In this seminar, we present the research findings in the last four years with the focus on distributed optimization. Specifically, we present an asynchronous distributed algorithm based on dualContinue reading “Talk: Yankai Lin, Optimization and security in networked control systems”

Talk: Adair Lang, Input scheduling under constrained dynamics and receding-horizon control with uncertain preview

Date and Time: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Adair Lang, The University of Melbourne Title: Input scheduling under constrained dynamics and receding-horizon control with uncertain preview Abstract: Optimization-based methods for tackling two problems in themanagement of dynamical systems will be presented. The first problemrelates to the scheduling of rigid-profile inputs under constrainedcontinuous-time dynamics. A parsimonious discretizationContinue reading “Talk: Adair Lang, Input scheduling under constrained dynamics and receding-horizon control with uncertain preview”

Talk: Adeel Akhtar, Nonlinear and geometric controls for a class of mobile robots

Date and Time: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Adeel Akhtar, York University, Canada Title: Nonlinear and geometric controls for a class of mobile robots Abstract: Most conventional control methods deal with stabilizing a given system about a point or some trajectory in the output space. An alternative formulation is stabilizing a subsetContinue reading “Talk: Adeel Akhtar, Nonlinear and geometric controls for a class of mobile robots”

Talk: Jason Ford, Bayesian quickest change detection and insufficiently informative measurements.

Date and Time: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Jason Ford, QUT Title: Bayesian quickest change detection and insufficiently informative measurements. Abstract: This talk considers the problem of quickly detecting a possible change (or a change point) in the distribution of a sequentially observed process. We begin by introducing the Quickest Change DetectionContinue reading “Talk: Jason Ford, Bayesian quickest change detection and insufficiently informative measurements.”

Talk: Brian Anderson, Determining Causality

Date and Time: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Brian Anderson, The Australian National University Title:┬áDetermining Causality Abstract: A control systems problem addressed several decades ago was to determine from measurements on different parts of a system whether there was feedback present in the system or not. Such problems as it turned outContinue reading “Talk: Brian Anderson, Determining Causality”

Talk: Andrei Pavlov, Interior-Point Differential Dynamic Programming

Date and Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1300 AEDT Speaker: Andrei Pavlov, The University of Melbourne Title: Interior-Point Differential Dynamic Programming Abstract: Model Predictive Control (MPC) is an optimisation-based closed-loop control technique with an ability to use a (potentially nonlinear) system dynamics model in minimising the objective function subject to the prescribed set of system constraints.Continue reading “Talk: Andrei Pavlov, Interior-Point Differential Dynamic Programming”