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November 22, 2019: Invited Speaker Seminar: Distributed Model Predictive Control Strategies for Constrained Leader-Follower Formations

Dr. Giuseppe Franzè
University of Calabria

Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Room EV001.162


In this talk, a receding horizon control scheme is presented to manage networked leader-follower formation control problems in the presence of time-varying delay and data-loss (measurement and feedback packet dropouts) occurrences on the communication and feedback channels. One of the main novelties of the proposed paradigm relies on the use of reachability analysis concepts involving the capability to combine sequences of predecessor sets with polyhedral piecewise state-space partitions. The predecessor sets are derived off-line by taking into account the prescribed state and input constraints, the interconnected nature of the system and the time-delay induced by the network latency. They are used online to compute admissible and optimal control actions via a distributed receding-horizon computational paradigm.


Dr. Giuseppe Franzè received his Laurea degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 1994 and his Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the same University in 1999. From 1994 to 2002, he was a Research Associate in the DEIS Department of the University of Calabria. From December 2002 to January 2015 he was an Assistant Professor in the same Department. Since January 2015, he is an Associate Professor in the DIMES Department of the University of Calabria. Since January 2018, he is the Director of the Master Degree Program in Automation Engineering at the University of Calabria.

Dr. Franzè is the author of more than 150 papers published in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. His main scientific interests include constrained predictive control, control reconfiguration for fault-tolerant systems, networked control systems, supervision approaches for remote control of dynamic systems over communication data networks, obstacle avoidance problems for autonomous vehicles, resilient control under cyber-attacks.

Since 2019, he is a senior member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and he is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS). He has served as IPC and session chair in several international IEEE and IFAC conferences. In October 2014, Dr. Franzè obtained the Scientific National Qualification as Full Professor.

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