University of Michigan
Title: Bridging the Gap in Prediction, Optimization, and Control of Integrated Dynamic Systems
Abstract: Integrated systems are ubiquitous as more heterogeneous physical entities are combined to form functional platforms. With increased connectivity, new and “invisible” feedback loops and physical couplings are introduced, leading to emerging dynamics and making the integrated systems more control-intensive. The multi-physics, multi-time scale, and distributed-actuation natures of integrated systems present new challenges for modeling and control. Understanding their operating environments, achieving sustained high performance, and incorporating rich but incomplete data also motivate the development of novel design tools and frameworks.
In this talk, I will use the integrated thermal and power management of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) as an example to illustrate the challenges in the prediction, optimization, and control of integrated systems in the era of rapid advances in AI and data-driven control. While first-principle-based modeling is still essential in understanding and exploiting the underlying physics of the integrated systems, model-based control and optimization have to be used in a much richer context to deal with the emerging dynamics and inevitable uncertainties. For CAVs, we will show how model-based design, complemented by data-driven approaches, can lead to control and optimization solutions with a significant impact on energy efficiency and operational reliability, in addition to safety and accessibility.
Biography: Jing Sun received her Ph. D degree from the University of Southern California in 1989 and her master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1984 and 1982, respectively. From 1989 to 1993, she was an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Wayne State University. She joined Ford Research Laboratory in 1993, where she worked on advanced powertrain system controls. After spending almost ten years in the industry, she returned to academia in 2003. She joined the University of Michigan, where she is the Michael G. Parsons Collegiate Professor in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department, with joint appointments in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and Mechanical Engineering Department at the same university. She holds 44 U.S. patents and has published over 300 archived journal and conference papers. She is a Fellow of NAI (the National Academy of Inventors), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), and SNAME (the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering). She is a recipient of the 2003 IEEE Control System Technology Award.
Host: Prof. Zongli Lin
Organizer: Dr. Cong Shen and Dr. Mona Zebarjadi