Control and automation: new initiatives in Switzerland - June Stammtisch

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Automation and control are key disciplines in the education of engineers. Furthermore, they have a steadily increasing impact in several industries such as energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

Two new initiatives for promoting advancements in the area of systems and control have recently seen the light in Switzerland. The first one is the foundation of the Swiss chapter of the IEEE Control Systems Society, to establish a common umbrella, under the banner of the IEEE Switzerland Section, for promoting activities in the area of control for students, teachers and professionals. The second one is the National Centre of Competence in Research «Dependable, ubiquitous automation», NCCR Automation for short, which provides a research and education environment to strengthen Switzerland's leading role in automation and control technology. The presentation will describe these new initiatives, highlighting the education opportunities for students.

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  • Date: 27 Jun 2022
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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Dr. Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate Dr. Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate


Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate received the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Universita' degli Studi di Pavia in 1999. Since September 2016 he is Professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and head of the Dependable Control and Decision group (DECODE). In spring 1998, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Neural Computing Research Group, University of Birmingham, UK. In fall 1998, he joined as a Postdoctoral Fellow the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. He was appointed Oberassistent at ETH, in 2000. In 2002, he joined INRIA, Rocquencourt, France, as a Research Fellow. From March to October 2005, he was researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. From 2005 to August 2016, he was Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione of the Universita' degli Studi di Pavia. His research interests include scalable control, microgrids, machine learning, networked control systems and hybrid systems. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate is the founder of the Swiss chapter of the IEEE Control Systems Society and is currently a member of the IFAC Technical Committees on Control Design and Optimal Control. He has been serving on the editorial board of Automatica for nine years and of Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems.


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