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Seminars

2013 Academic Year Seminars

Speaker(s): Prof Mark C French
Organiser: Dr Ivan Markovsky
Time: 22/04/2009 14:00-15:00
Location: B6/1083

Abstract

The field of adaptive control has a long and somewhat notorious history: whilst the idea of systems which can `learn' to control themselves is attractive and seemingly achievable in the light of for example the abilities of humans to achieve control of their limbs etc in the face of considerable variation and uncertainty, the engineering field which attempts to emulate this in technological systems has not been so successful. Indeed in many cases it has been spectacularly unsuccessful, including causing a fatal accident in a NASA flight test.

In this talk, which aims to be non-technical, we will review the problems of adaptive control, and the future prospects for greater success!

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