MSC2015 | 21-23 September 2015 | Novotel Manly Pacific | Sydney, Australia
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Model Predictive Control for Complex Trajectory Following and Disturbance Rejection

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  • Liuping Wang, RMIT University, Australia
  • Bradley Horton, MATHWORKS Australia
  • Eric Rogers, University of Southampton, UK.

Workshop Outline

Model Predictive Control (MPC) has a long history in the field of control engineering. It is one of the few areas that has received on-going interest from researchers in both the industrial and academic communities. Three major aspects of model predictive control make the design methodology attractive to both engineers and academics. The first aspect is the design formulation, which uses a completely multivariable system framework where the performance parameters of the multivariable control system are related to the engineering aspects of the system; hence, they can be understood and 'tuned' by engineers. The second aspect is the ability of method to handle both 'soft' constraints and hard constraints in a multivariable control framework. This is particularly attractive to industry where tight profit margins and limits on the process operation are inevitably present. The third aspect is the ability to perform process on-line optimization.

In the majority of applications, MPC is designed to follow constant reference signals and reject disturbances that have predominantly low frequency contents. However, these types of model predictive controllers are not adequate to provide the closed-loop performance required when the reference signals and the disturbances are complex and have periodic components. This has motivated the development of a new class of model predictive controllers that use the design framework of MPC while addressing the requirements of controlling systems with periodic components, which is called predictive repetitive controller.

Using experimentally validated applications, this one-day workshop will show the four steps involved in the design of a predictive-repetitive controller: (i) frequency response analysis to extract dominant periodic components of the reference or disturbance signals and re-construct the signals using frequency sampling filters; (ii) the design of predictive repetitive controllers by embedding the dominant periodic components; (iii) the design of constrained predictive repetitive controllers using quadratic programming algorithms; (iv) simulation and experimental validation of the predictive repetitive control system with constraints using MATLAB® and Simulink® as a platform. The one-day workshop is enhanced by participation of the engineers from MathWorks. They will demonstrate how to use the Robotics System Toolbox to develop robotics applications. The system toolbox provides algorithms and hardware connectivity for developing autonomous mobile robotics applications. Toolbox algorithms include: map representation, path planning, path following for differential drive robots. The system toolbox also provides an interface between MATLAB and Simulink, and the Robot Operating System (ROS). This ROS interface enables you to test and verify applications on ROS-enabled robots and robot simulators such as Gazebo.

The core materials of this workshop are based on the books entitled ‘Model Predictive Control System Design and Implementation using MATLAB’ (Springer, 2009) and ‘PID and Predictive Control of Electrical Drives and Power Converters using MATLAB and Simulink’ (Wiley-IEEE PRESS, 2015), ‘Iterative Learning Control for Electrical Stimulation and Stroke Rehabilitation’ (Springer, 2013) and ‘Iterative Learning Control: Algorithms and Experimental Benchmarking’ (Wiley, 2014). It is suitable for engineers, students and researchers who wish to gain basic knowledge about predictive control, predictive repetitive control, recent advances in predictive control of electrical drives and power converters, as well as understand how to perform real time simulation and implementation using MATLAB and Simulink tools.

Workshop Schedule

9:00-10:30: Modelling and Predictive Control of Robots

Modelling of one-dimensional robot and two-dimensional robot, predictive repetitive control of robots, simulation results and experimental results.

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10: 45-11:45 Developing Robotics Applications in MATLAB – Introducing the MathWorks Robotics Systems Toolbox

Map representation, path planning, and path following for differential drive robots.

11:45-12:45 Frequency Decomposition of Reference Signals and Sensitivity Functions in Feedback Control

Frequency decomposition using frequency sampling filters, complementary sensitivity functions, sensitivity functions, tracking errors

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch Break

13:45-15:00 Constrained Predictive Repetitive Controllers

Formulation of linear inequality constraints, active constraints, inactive constraints, Hildreth quadratic programming algorithm.

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Finite Control Set-Model Predictive Control of Electrical Drives and Power Converters

Finite Control Set-Model Predictive Control, current control, velocity control of AC drives, position control of AC drives, voltage control of power converters, simulation results and experimental results.

About the Speakers

Professor Liuping Wang

Professor Liuping Wang received her Ph.D degree in 1989 from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK. Upon completion of her PhD degree, she worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada for eight years in the field of process control. From 1998 to 2002, she worked in the Center for Integrated Dynamics and Control, University of Newcastle, Australia. In February 2002, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Australia where she is a Professor of Control Engineering. She has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in the field of system identification, PID control, adaptive control, model predictive control, electrical drive control and control technology application to industrial processes. She co-authored a book with Professor Will Cluett entitled From Process Data to Process Control- Ideas for Process Identification and PID control (Taylor and Francis, 2000). She coedited two books with Professor Hugues Garnier entitled ‘ Continuous time model identification from sampled data’ (Springer-Verlag, 2008) and ‘System identification, environmental modelling and control’ (Springer-Verlag, 2011) . Her book entitled ‘ Model Predictive Control Design and Implementation using MATLAB®’ was published by Springer-Verlag in 2009, and the second edition of this book is currently under preparation. She is the lead author of the book entilted ‘PID and Predictive Control of Electrical Drives and Power Converters using MATLAB®’ published by Wiley-IEEE in 2015. Dr Liuping Wang has successfully applied the predictive control technologies to food extruders, automotive brake-by-wire systems, magnetic bearing systems, electrical drives and power converters. Dr Liuping Wang is an associate editor of International Journal of Control and Journal of Process Control, and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia.

Brad Horton

Brad Horton ( joined MathWorks Australia in April 2006 and currently holds the position of Principal Engineer within the Education marketing group. He has spent the last 15 years helping clients from both commercial and academic sectors, adopt and implement MathWorks products. Brad has supported and consulted for clients on projects ranging from process control engineering, power systems simulation, military operations research and earthquake impact modelling. Before joining the MathWorks, Brad spent 5 years as a systems engineer with the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) working as an operations research analyst. Brad holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering and a B.Sc. in applied mathematics.

Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers is Professor of Control Systems Theory and Design in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. His current research interests are in iterative learning and repetitive control theory and applications, flow control, algeraic/behavioral approaches to multidimensional systems and repetitive predictive control. In terms of applications, the Southampton group of which he is the senior academic have transferred iterative learning control algorithms to roboticassisted upper limb stroke rehabilitation with supporting clinical trials and smart rotor based control of wind turbines. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Control and has served on the organising/international programme committees of many international conferences. He has also served as a consultant to many government and industrial organisations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.