Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture

Glocal Control: Realization of Global
Functions by Local Actions

Professor Shinji Hara
Department of Information Physics and Computing
The University of Tokyo

Abstract: Recently, systems to be treated in various fields of engineering including control have became large and complex, and more high level control such as adaptation against changes of environments for open systems is required. One of the distinguished features in such large scale dynamical systems is that our available actions of measurement and control are restricted locally although our main purpose is to achieve the desired global behaviors. This motivates us to develop a new research direction so called "Glocal Control," which means that the global purpose is achieved by only local actions. At the beginning of this talk the idea of glocal control is explained through real world requirements in meteorological phenomena and biomedical systems. We then introduce a new framework for hierarchical multi-agent networked dynamical systems and show some fundamental results on stability and cooperative stabilization. Theoretical analysis for periodic oscilation phenomena in gene regulatory netwoks is also presented as an application.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Shinji Hara was born in Izumo, Japan, in 1952. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering all from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1974, 1976, and 1981, respectively. In 1984, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor and has served as a Full Professor for ten years. Since 2002 he has been a Full Professor of the Department of Information Physics and Computing, The University of Tokyo. His current research interests are in robust control, sampled-data control, decentralized cooperative control for multi-agent dynamical systems, glocal control and computational aspects of control system design. Dr. Hara received the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control System Society in 2006 and Best Paper Awards from The Society of Instrumentation and Control Engineers, Japan (SICE) several times. He was the General Chair of the CCA04, the Program Co-Chair of the 17th IFAC World Congress in Seoul, and Associate Editor of several international journals including IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control and Automatica. He was the President of SICE last year, and he is currently the Vice-President of the IEEE CSS, and Fellow of IEEE and SICE.

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