Talk of Prof. Gabriele Pannocchia

June 27, 2017

--- Title: The Offset-Free Control Design Principles: A Comprehensive Survey from Internal Model Control to Model Predictive Control Algorithms

Time: June 27, 2017
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Prof. Gabriele Pannocchia
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
University of Pisa, Italy


Tuesday 2017-06-27 16:00
IST-Seminar-Room 2.268 - Pfaffenwaldring 9 - Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen




The way in which feedback is used to achieve offset-free tracking in the presence of persistent errors or disturbances appears to be often a question of personal preference among possible different methods.
The general goal of this talk is to describe in a tutorial way this aspect of controller design, which is often overlooked in academic papers but is often fundamental for successful implementation.

After a preliminary introduction to linear offset-free Model Predictive Control (MPC) design principles based on disturbance models the talk will comprise three parts covering: (i) An observer-based Internal Model Control (IMC) structure which extends the simple IMC design principles to integrating and unstable plants; (i) The equivalence of velocity form MPC algorithms to particular disturbance models; (iii) offset-free nonlinear tracking and nonlinear economic MPC.




Biographical Information


Gabriele Pannocchia received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He held a Visiting Associate position at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (WI, USA) in 2000/2001 and in 2008, and a Post-Doctoral position at the University of Pisa from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2015 he was tenured Assistant Professor at the University of Pisa, where he became Associate Professor in 2015.

Prof. Pannocchia is author of more than 90 papers in international journals, book chapters and in proceedings of international conferences. Since 2008 he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Process Control and from 2013 he is Subject Editor for the same journal. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Processes”. He was IPC co-chair of the IFAC Symposium DYCOPS 2013 held in Mumbai (India), Area Co-Chair in IFAC DYCOPS 2016, and Associate Editor in IFAC World Congress 2017. He has been keynote speaker in several international congresses (IFAC DYCOPS 2010, IFAC NMPC 2015, IFAC DYCOPS 2016).




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