21st May 2019
Professor John Lygeros
Professor of Computation and Control and Head
Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich
6.30-7.30pm, refreshments from 6pm
Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053
What do self driving cars, power grids and homeostasis in biology have in common? Seemingly not much. If one looks "under the hood", however, one discovers that they all rely on a common principle that renders their operation robust and reliable. This principle, known as feedback, is intuitive: see where you are, compare to where you want to be, and move in the direction that reduces the difference between the two. Though the feedback principle itself is simple to explain, understanding its implications, uses and limitations is far from it and forms the topic of a branch of engineering known as automatic control.