Invited Speaker


Dr. Juan Carlos Travieso-Torres

Dr. Juan Carlos Travieso-Torres

Full professor, Technological Faculty, University of Santiago of Chile, Chile
Speech Title: Expanding Adaptive Control boundaries

Abstract: Adaptive control is a fascinating field of automatic-control engineering. It is a reliable tool for certain classes of scalar and single-input single-output linear and nonlinear systems. It applies a control law to assures a partially unknown dynamical plant tracks a required operational reference, depending on adaptive laws. Moreover, it assures robustness after having plant parameters variation, bounded external robustness, and even non modeled dynamics. We have been working, for instance: on its tunning methods for a faster startup diminishing trial and error, expanding the mathematical basis of Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC) theories for Adaptive Passivity-Based Control (APBC), finally covering multiple-input multiple-output plants with non-diagonal input matrix and unknown control direction. Herein, we describe our journey through two examples and expose still unsolved limitations.


Biography: Dr. Juan Carlos Travieso has over 25 years of experience. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with honors (2003), Master of Science (MSc) (2000), and Electrical Engineer (EE) (1995). He has the credential of Project Manager Professional (PMP) granted by the Project Management Institute since 2009. He has research and academic experience, leading and researching in several research projects. He is author or co-author of over thirty scientific publications in indexed journals, including two book chapters, in the area of nonlinear adaptive control and applications. Currently, he works as a full professor (tenure track) at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and is Vice Dean of Research for the Technological Faculty. Regarding his professional experience, he has worked as deputy Project Engineering Manager in a Mega Project in Bechtel (6 billion USD CAPEX); Site Manager and Engineering Manager at BHP Billiton (300 million USD CAPEX); as Tie-in, Commissioning and Field Engineering Manager at SNC-Lavalin; as Global Subject Matter Expert at Fluor in the areas of DCS / PLC, control strategies, and variable speed drives; as Engineering Functional Manager and Project Manager at BRASS Chile S.A; among other companies. Mr.Travieso has worked in engineering projects with official language (written and spoken) in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. His current research interests are adaptive control for nonlinear systems and applications and applications including electrical energy savings.