Special Issue "Automatic Control and System Theory"

A special issue of Inventions (ISSN 2411-5134). This special issue belongs to the section "Inventions and Innovation in Electrical Engineering/Energy/Communications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Luigi Fortuna

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
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Interests: circuits and systems for automatic control; dynamics of networks; electronic analog devices for sensor and controller; control of nonlinear circuits; biorobotics; nonlinear networks
Guest Editor
Prof. Maide Bucolo

Department of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (DIEEI), University of Catania, Catania, Italy
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Interests: control system engineering; complex systems; microfluidics; nonlinear time-series; computational neuroscience; biotechnology; modelling and identification; signal and image processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The Special Issue is addressed to explore new topics and new ideas in the Automatic Control and System Theory. 

Authors are invited to submit contributions that focus their contributions on innovative schemes, innovative applications, new theories in the Automatic Control and System Theory. Moreover, unsolved problems in Mathematical System and Control Theory is a fundamental topic for Control Scientists. The potential authors of the papers of this Special Issue can also take into account for their contributions to propose new unsolved problems. They could take, as a reference, the book edited by Vincent Blondel and Alexandre Megretski in 2004 to have a view of which were at that year the considered unsolved problems. 

The authors are, therefore, invited to make efforts to be visionary people and to propose papers not usual in Automatic Control journals; moreover, their efforts should also to be addressed focalizing new aspects of Mathematics of Systems. 

Proposal of papers that discuss as to improve the educational aspects of Automatic Control and System Theory will be welcome. Multidisciplinary papers where the emphasizing of integration among Control Theory, Human Sciences and History will be also strongly considered.

Prof. Luigi Fortuna
Prof. Maide Bucolo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • automatic control
  • system theory
  • invention of new control paradigms
  • theory of innovation and automatic control
  • unsolved problems in automatic control and system theory

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Automatically Monitoring, Controlling, and Reporting Status/Data for Multiple Product Life Test Stands
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 15 December 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
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This paper describes an industry laboratory implementation of local and remote automation monitoring and control of several product testing stands for status, safety, and an efficient use of resources, as well as the purpose and inter-relationship between the tests, product reliability estimations, customer [...] Read more.
This paper describes an industry laboratory implementation of local and remote automation monitoring and control of several product testing stands for status, safety, and an efficient use of resources, as well as the purpose and inter-relationship between the tests, product reliability estimations, customer applications, and possible solutions to test specification issues. Like an airport departure/arrival board, the summary statuses of several life stands are reported on a monitor using a mobile application interface. Detailed data analysis reports and emergency shutdown statuses are emailed to authorized-interested parties. The life stands include submersion tanks and flow rigs at different fluid temperatures (steady-state, slow cycling, thermal shock). To reduce equipment costs and lab space requirements, some life test stands are combined to share heating/cooling transfer fluids and pumping resources that are automatically controlled to direct different fluid temperature ranges through different flow paths. A heater/chilling system cycles between −80 °C and +140 °C with automated diverter valves to route −80 °C to +85 °C fluid through a set of products; when the fluid temperature is increased to > +85 °C, diverter valves route the > +85 °C fluid through a different set of products that are tested only between fluid temperatures of +85 °C to +140 °C. Full article
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Open AccessReview The 5W’s for Control as Part of Industry 4.0: Why, What, Where, Who, and When—A PID and MPC Control Perspective
Received: 28 December 2018 / Revised: 4 February 2019 / Accepted: 5 February 2019 / Published: 10 February 2019
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The advent of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) has pushed technology beyond its physical limits, making the process prone to errors and poorer performance. Whether it is about smart manufacturing where mass customization is envisaged, or collaborative human–robot engineering systems, the pyramid of process operation [...] Read more.
The advent of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) has pushed technology beyond its physical limits, making the process prone to errors and poorer performance. Whether it is about smart manufacturing where mass customization is envisaged, or collaborative human–robot engineering systems, the pyramid of process operation has changed to a matrix form and control is the backbone of all process elements. The paper gives a concise guideline as to how, when, where, and what to apply when it comes to choosing the most suitable control strategy as a function of multi-parameter objective optimization. Both proportional-integral-derivative (PID) and model predictive control (MPC) control are addressed in this context. Full article
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Planned Papers

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The 5W for Control as part of Industry 4.0: Why, Who, What, Where and When to use PID and MPC control

Anca Maxim, Dana Copot, Cosmin Copot, Clara M. Ionescu

Abstract: The advent of Industry 4.0 has pushed the technology over its physical limits, making the process as a whole prone to errors and poorer performance. Whether it is about smart manufacturing where mass customization is envisaged, or collaborative human-robot engineering systems, the pyramid of process operation has changed to matrix form and control is the backbone weaved through all process elements. The paper gives a clear guideline as to how, when; where and what to apply when it comes to choosing the most suitable control strategy as a function of multi-parameter objective optimization. Both PID and MPC control will be addressed into this context and examples from various disciplines will be given.

Automatically Monitoring, Controlling & Reporting Status/Data for Multiple Product Life Test Stands

Richard Fertell, Hamed Ershad

Abstract: Like an airport departure/arrival board, the summary status of several life stands will reported on a screen as well as via an app. Detailed data analysis reports and emergency shutdown status are emailed to authorized-interested parties. The life stands include: submersion tanks and flow rigs at different fluid temperatures (steady-state, slow cycling, thermal shock). To reduce equipment costs and lab space requirements, some life test stands are combined to share fluid heating/chilling & pumping resources that are automatically controlled to direct different fluid temperature ranges to different flow paths. So, a heater/chilling system moves between -80C and +140C with diverter valves to route -80C to +85C fluid through a set of products; when the fluid temperature is increased to >+85C, diverter valves route the >+85C fluid through a different set of products that are tested only between fluid temperatures of +85C to +140C.

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