Group of Automatic Control and Industrial Electronics

GAEI Group of Automatic Control and Industrial Electronics
Roberto Giral new director of GAEI

Roberto Giral is the new director of GAEI after the reorganization of the research group carried out in January this year. In the new organization chart, Roberto Giral is supported by Hugo Valderrama-Blavi and Carlos Olalla as deputy directors in Education and Laboratory Infrastructure respectively.

Roberto Giral received the B.S. degree in Ingenieria Técnica de Telecomunicación, the M.S. degree in Ingenieria de Telecomunicación, and the Ph.D. (with honors) degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, in 1991, 1994, and 1999, respectively.

From 1992 to 2000 he was Assistant Professor with the Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica (DEEEA), Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria (ETSE), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain, where he is Associate Professor since 2000. He has been recently accredited to Full Professor by ANECA, the agency for quality evaluation and accreditation of the Spanish Universitary system. From 2000 to 2003 he was secretary of the DEEEA. He is currently the academic coordinator of the doctorate programme in Technologies for Nanosystems, Bioengineering and Energy of the URV. He has co-supervised three doctoral thesis.

His research focuses in the field of power electronics and, in particular, in the design and control of DC/DC converters in DC power buses for automotive applications and for distributed renewable generation systems. He is investigating solutions to seamlessly integrate power supplies such as PV modules with MPPT and current-slope-limited PEMFCs, storage devices like batteries and large capacitors, and pulsating loads. Other important subjects in his research are the parallel-interleaved connection of current- controlled converters, the integrated design of switching power stages and their controllers to achieve the desired closed loop dynamics without subharmonic or chaotic instabilities, and the power regulators design by means of sliding mode and input-output linearization techniques and subsequent implementation of their controllers either in analog, digital or hybrid ways.

As a researcher of the GAEI he has participated in several private and public R&D projects, being the main researcher at three of the projects supported by the Spanish government. In 2010 he was elevated to senior member of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics Societies, he collaborates regularly as a reviewer in their journals and conferences, in which he has also coauthored most of his scientific contributions.

Hugo Valderrama-Blavi, Enric Vidal-Idiarte and Javier Calvente organize a blended learning master on electric vehicle technologies

A blended learning master on electric vehicle technologies is being organized by Hugo Valderrama-Blavi, Enric Vidal Idiarte and Javier Calvente with the technical support of all members of GAEI. The master is expected to start in September 2018 and is a joint work of GAEI and leader companies in the automobile sector. Contents and course organization will be published soon in this site.

Prof. Vadim Utkin visits GAEI for two months

Prof. Vadim I. Utkin will visit GAEI for two months starting May 8th 2017. During his stay, he will work on nonlinear control of power converters.

Prof. Utkin graduated from Moscow Power Institute (Dipl. Eng.) and received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Control Sciences (Moscow, Russia). He was with the Institute of Control Sciences since 1960, and was Head of the Discontinuous Control Systems Laboratory from 1973 to 1994. He was Ford Chair of Electromechanical Systems from 1994 to 2002 at the Ohio State University.

Prof. Utkin is one of the originators of the concepts of Variable Structure Systems and Sliding Mode Control. He is an author of five books and more than 300 technical papers. In 1975-1978 he was in charge of an international project between his Institute and "Energoinvest", Sarajevo, on the sliding mode control of induction motors. He has worked on the control of D.C., induction, and synchronous drives using sliding mode techniques in metal-cutting machine tools, process control and electric cars. His current research interests are the control of infinite-dimensional plants (including flexible manipulators), sliding modes in discrete time systems, microprocessor implementation of sliding mode control, control of electric drives, alternators and power converters, robotics and motion control.

He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sarajevo (Yugoslavia, 1978) and University Rovira i Virgili (Spain, 2011), IEEE Fellow. In 1972 he was awarded the Lenin Prize (the highest scientific award in the former USSR), Oldenburger medal of ASME (2003), Humboldt Award (Germany, 2005), elected as a Foreign member of Science and Art Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2008).

Prof. Utkin was IPC chairman of 1990 IFAC Congress in Tallinn; now he is Associate Editor of "International Journal of Control".

Currently Prof. Utkin teaches courses on control principles for undergraduates (Principles of Automatic Control ), and courses in Optimal Control, State Methods for Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems , and Sliding Mode Control in Electromechanical Systems at the graduate level.

Prof. Utkin has held visiting positions at universities in the USA, UK, Japan, Italy, Spain and Germany. He holds appointments in the Control Research Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering , where he teaches in the System Dynamics, Measurements and Control program.

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Abdelali EL Aroudi general co-chairman of NOLTA'18 that will be held in Tarragona in September 2018

The 2018 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA2018) will be hosted by the GAEI research center, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, SPAIN in September 2018 and will be co-chaired by Prof. Abdelali El Aroudi. The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum for exchange of the latest results related to nonlinear theory and its applications. It is supported by NOLTA Society, a research community of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan, that has chosen Tarragona for its 28th annual meeting. Previously, NOLTA has been held in Hiroshima, Japan(1990), Fukuoka, Japan (1991), Tokyo, Japan (1992), Hawaii ,U.S.A.(1993), Kagoshima, Japan (1994), Las Vegas, U.S.A.(1995), Kochi, Japan, (1996), Hawaii, U.S.A. ( 1997), Crans-Montana, Switzerland(1998), Hawaii, U.S.A.(1999), ,Dresden, Germany(2000), Miyagi, Japan ( 2001), Xi'an, China, (2002), Fukuoka, Japan, (2004), Bruges, Belgium ( 2005), Bologna, Italy (2006), Vancouver, Canada, (2007), Budapest, Hungary (2008), Sapporo, Japan ( 2009), Krakow, Poland (2010), Kobe, Japan, ( 2011), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, (2012), Santa Fe, U.S.A.( 2013), Luzern, Switzerland ( 2014), Hong Kong, China, (2015), and Yugawara, Japan( 2016). This year will be held in Cancun, Mexico, in September. For more information about the Tarragona symposium click here.

Carlos Olalla has been awarded the second place best paper prize of 2015 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

The paper "Performance of Power-Limited Differential Power Processing Architectures in Mismatched PV Systems" written by C.Olalla, C.Deline, D.Clement,Y.Levron, R.Rodriguez and D.Maksimovic, has been recently awarded a Second Place Prize Paper Award for 2015 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

In 2015, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics published 654 papers totaling in approximately 7300 pages of Regular Papers, Letters, and Correspondences. The selection of the above paper is a high honor and a tribute to the fine research quality, presentation, and potential impact that the research has to the field. The selection process was rigorous and went through multiple review levels and votes before the paper was selected for an award. A formal notification was received by the authors during the last IEEE ECCE conference held in Milwaukee in September 18-22, 2016.