Education day – Thursday September 6th 2018

We hope to have a full day of training and sharing on best practice in control education. Some details such as the final timetable are still to be finalised, but the expected plan is to have three 90 minute sessions with one or two contributors in each: 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00.

Sessions will be held in Computer Room 1 on 2nd floor of the Diamond and Lecture Theatre 8.

Maplesoft: Transform your Engineering Teaching with Möbius: the dynamic interactive package for creating, teaching, testing and assessing STEM courses

11:00 – 12:30, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Computer Room 1

Möbius is a complete platform for creating and deploying online STEM courses including lessons, interactive learning activities, hands-on exercises and assessments. With an unparalleled ability to utilise mathematical content Möbius allows students to explore course topics using engaging, interactive applications, visualise problems and solutions, and test their understanding by answering questions that are graded instantly. Throughout the entire lesson, students remain actively engaged with the material and receive constant feedback that solidifies their understanding. In this session, you will learn exactly what Möbius is, from both the student and instructor viewpoints, and learn how it can be used to transform your engineering and control courses.

Mathworks: MATLAB & Simulink with Arduino Engineering Kit

11:00 – 12:30, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Computer Room 1

We present a workflow for teaching control systems to engineering students of various levels. The proposed setup is based on an Arduino Engineering Kit and MATLAB/Simulink integrated modelling and design environment.

Arduino Engineering Kit is built around Arduino MKR1000 board and includes custom design shields (inertial measurement unit and motor controller), robot frames and auxiliary components. The kit can be used to build three different robots: a self-balancing motorcycle, a mobile rover and a drawing robot, which allows practicing skills in different aspects of control systems design, systems modelling, signal processing and robotics.

The Kit is fully integrated with MathWorks teaching workflow, which is based on MATLAB, Simulink and MathWorks cloud-based services. The workflow includes, but is not limited to, (i) self-paced learning using online courses and offline teaching material, (ii) system modelling and controller design with MATLAB and Simulink, (iii) automatic assignment grading with MATLAB Grader, (iv) controller deployment with Simulink Board Support Packages and (v) report writing with Live Editor.

Maplesoft: Exploring MapleSim: Physical Modelling for Engineering Educators

13:30 – 15:00, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Computer Room 1

MapleSim™ is an advanced system-leveling modelling and simulation tool that simplifies model development and provides greater insight into system behavior, making it ideal for education in addition to being a powerful research tool. Built on the world-leading Maple mathematics engine and the open-standard Modelica modelling language, the acausal multidomain modelling environment of MapleSim gives you the ability to engage your students with complex, real-world examples and prepare them for the challenges they will face in industry. In this session you will explore the basics of MapleSim, including its GUI and post processing capabilities (including export to other environments including C code, Simulink®, FMI and LabVIEW™), plus examples of materials and product extensions available to support control design and engineering teaching.

Quanser: Future of control in an era of complex, connected, intelligent systems

13:30 – 15:00, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Computer Room 1

Control is a well-established and foundational technique in modern dynamic system design. As emerging fields such as IoT, autonomous systems, and intelligent systems increase in importance, the traditional techniques of control are beginning to engage more dynamically with more complex frameworks of sensing, actuation, computation, and communication. This offers tremendous opportunity for control practitioners, researchers, and teachers to refine techniques in exciting new applications and become an essential dimension in the most compelling modern applications. This presentation provides an overview of Quanser’s recent work in adapting traditional control techniques to modern heterogeneous applications in research and education.

Special session on control education

15:30 – 17:00, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Computer Room 1

We believe that an education session linked to control would be beneficial to the majority of attendees as nearly all of us are responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching. For more information on this special session, please see the special session page.

"How to Publish" by the publishers

15:30 – 17:00, Thursday 6th September 2018 in Lecture Theatre 8

This session is run by Sallie Gregson (Publisher, Emerald), Katie Davison (Publishing Editor, Emerald) and Richard Goodman (Taylor and Francis). This session is predominantly aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Guides to Getting Published are based on our experience of working with the editors of more than 300 journals and provide insight to help new or potential authors give their papers the best possible chance of acceptance and publication. Given by the publishing team, the sessions include a presentation and question and answer session. As part of our commitment to actively supporting our authors – existing and future – the session helps authors progress successfully through the various stages from pre-submission of the manuscript, to revision and, finally, publication. Ultimately, the aim is to inspire attendees to believe they could now write a paper based on their research and practice.

Creating interconnectivity between the code and data to published articles can provide end users with a more holistic view of the research. As data increases in size and complexity researchers need to deploy code for analysis as data isn’t useful if one doesn’t understand what was used to analyse it. This presentation will feature a short presentation on how you can share code and data, and embed this within your publication using Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform. Sharing code and data publicly improves the robustness of the research process, supporting validation, research transparency, reproducibility and replicability of results. This can in turn advance discovery and knowledge.

Slides from Emerald are available from here: Download Slides (PDF).

Panel session: The control curriculum for the 21st century

17:00 – 18:00, Thursday 6th September 2018

Panellists:Will Heath, Andrea Lecchini-Visintini, Christos Yfoulis, Cristina Stoica Maniu, and Tom Lee
Chair: Anthony Rossiter

In recent years there have been growing discussions on what should be included in the first module on feedback and control. Within the UK historical preferences were for frequency domain methods and perhaps PID design. Alternatively, some academics are arguing that the first course should be based around state space methods and other academics again may be arguing for a more philosophical approach based on numerous case studies, an analysis of the impact of uncertainty and so forth.

In this panel session, the panellists will have 5 min each to sell their vision for what should be in the core control curriculum for engineers taking just one, or perhaps two modules. This will be followed by opportunities for all delegates to have their say.

If the contributions are appropriate, we will summarise the findings in an article after the conference. This may extend to conversations about what resources are most suitable to support the student learning and how we as a community can provide these most effectively.