Nonlinear Control: from Smooth to Non-Smooth Feedback
Speaker:Wei Lin, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Case Western Reserve University, USA
Date & Time:30 Jul 2007 (Monday) 10:00 - 11:00


This lecture will give a survey on recent advances in the areas of global stabilization, output tracking and adaptive control, for inherently nonlinear systems with uncertainty (nonlinear parameterization), which cannot be controlled by any linear or smooth state feedback, even locally. If time permits, we will briefly discuss the latest developments in the well-known challenging problems such as nonlinear observers and global/semi-global output feedback control of non-uniformly observable and non-smoothly stabilizable systems.


Wei Lin received the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1991 and 1993. Currently, Dr. Lin is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He also held short-term visiting positions at a number of universities in the U.K., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Professor Lin's research interests include nonlinear control, dynamic systems, estimation and systems identification, robust/adaptive control, control of underactuated mechanical systems and nonholonomic systems, network congestion control, MEMS Gyroscopes, biologically inspired systems and systems biology. In these areas, so far he has published over 85 papers in various peer refereed journals and more than 80 international conference publications.

Professor Lin was a recipient of the U.S. NSF CAREER Award, the JSPS Fellow from Japan Society for the Promotion Science, and the Warren E. Rupp Endowed Chair Professorship, and Robert Herbold Fellowship Award (2007). He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, a Guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue on ew Directions in Nonlinear Control?in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, an Associate Editor of Automatica and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. Currently Dr. Lin is a Subject Editor of Int. J. of Robust and Nonlinear Control, an Associate Editor of Journal of Control Theory and Applications, and a member of the IFAC Technical Committee in Nonlinear Control.