ECE Seminar - Hierarchically Decentralized Control for Networked Dynamical Systems with Global and Local Objectives
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rm 5506 (Lift 25/26), Academic Complex, HKUST


There are many dynamical systems that can be regarded as hierarchical networked dynamical systems in a variety of fields related to smart cities. One of the ideas to treat those systems properly is "Glocal (Global/Local) Control," which means that the global purpose is achieved by only local actions of measurement and control. The key for realization of glocal control is hierarchical networked dynamical systems with multiple resolutions in time and space depending on the layer, and one of the main issues is to compromise the two different objectives, one for global and the other for local.  After the explanation of control perspective on Internet of Things (IoT), a unified framework and its fundamental control theory for glocal control, we focus on how to design hierarchically decentralized control with global/local objectives by aggregation.  Through the talk we show the effectiveness of the theoretical results for applications to electric vehicle control and power grids towards smart cities.

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Speakers / Performers:
Prof. Shinji Hara
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tokyo

Shinji Hara received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering all from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1974, 1976, and 1981, respectively. In 1984, he joined Tokyo Tech. as an Associate Professor and has served as a Full Professor for ten years. Since 2002 he had been a Full Professor of Det. of Information Physics and Computing, The University of Tokyo until March in 2017.  He is Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tokyo.  His current research interests are in robust control, decentralized cooperative control for large-scale networked dynamical systems, system biology, and glocal control. Dr. Hara received the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control System Society in 2006. He was the President of SICE in 2009 and the Vice-President of the IEEE CSS in 2009-2010, IFAC Council member in 2011-2017, and Fellow of IFAC, IEEE and SICE.

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