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Forecasts and Control: Theory and Practice.

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Forecasts will play an increasingly important role in the the next generation of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. Applications include  transportation, energy, manufacturing and healthcare systems. Predictions of systems dynamics, human behavior and environment conditions can improve safety and performance of the resulting system. However, constraint satisfaction, performance guarantees and real-time computation are challenged by the growing complexity of the engineered system, the human/machine interaction and the uncertainty of the environment where the system operates.

In this talk I will present the theory and tools that we have developed over the past ten years for the systematic design of predictive controllers for uncertain linear and nonlinear systems. I will first provide an overview of our theoretical efforts. Then, I will focus on our recent results for exploiting symmetry in large-scale networked systems and real-time computation by using analog optimization. Throughout the talk I will use two applications to motivate our research and show the benefits of the proposed techniques: Safe Autonomous Cars and Green Intelligent Buildings.

This talk is part of the CUED Control Group Seminars series.

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