Event Location
3540 Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10:15 a.m., 3540 Engineering Building

Refreshments Served at 10:00 a.m.

Reference governors: Industrial applications and theoretical advances

Uros Kalabic

Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Abstract: Reference governors are add-on constraint-enforcement schemes that are meant for application to pre-compensated control systems. Their main benefit is that their application does not require a re-design of the closed-loop system’s nominal controller. For this reason, they are particularly attractive in industrial applications, in which there is simultaneously a desire to avoid reconfiguration of legacy control systems and a need to enforce system constraints. This talk will present the theory of the conventional reference governor and its application to industrial systems at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, an industrial lab based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, we will cover a recent theoretical extension of reference governors to systems subject to stochastic disturbances. The stochastic reference governor is a novel formulation which is more flexible than the conventional, robust reference governor.


Uros Kalabic is a Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to working at MERL, he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he obtained a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 2015 and an M.S. in mathematics in 2014. During his doctoral studies, he held internship positions at MERL and Ford Motor Company. His research interests are primarily in theoretical advances of predictive control and control of automotive and aerospace systems using predictive and optimal/geometric control approaches.

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