Inventing the Future: Supremacy of Automatic Control and Decision Systems
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Being the very first control engineer ever employed by Griffith University I have always felt responsible to promote the discipline of control engineering among my fellow colleagues and students. Thus, even now, fourteen years since I joined the University, I can not resist but take this professorial lecture as an opportunity to share my thoughts with you all and try to demonstrate how powerful and capable the discipline of control engineering, and its underpinning theory, is in creating the numerous artifacts that the public wants and often needs. I have therefore decided not to talk just about my research but rather about the achievements by the discipline itself (per se). In doing so, I will try to highlight the enabling nature of Control Engineering by pointing out the discoveries that would have not been achieved without the valued contributions from control theoreticians and control engineers. I will try to demonstrate that Control Systems Theory and Control Engineering often look ahead and are not just shaping but, indeed inventing the future. So, here is my brief story about a beautiful and amazing world of Control Engineering and its underpinning theory. In composing it, I was led not with the goal of presenting my own research achievements (as professorial lectures normally do) but rather with my wish to increase the understanding of the power of control engineering and attract more students to the profession.
Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
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