Engineer as a manager and his skills

by Jake T.

IEEE Cyprus Section and IEEE Cyprus Young Professional Group have decided that a lecture for management skills for engineers will be useful for all IEEE Cyprus Section members and especially members of the IEEE Cyprus Young Professional group.

IEEE Cyprus Section has signed during the Region 8 meeting in Limassol an MOU with ETEK.

IEEE Cyprus Section and ETEK are organizing together the lecture “Engineer as a manager and his skills“.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday May 6th at 7:00 pm. The venue is Electron room at EAC’s central offices in Nicosia. Its address is 11 Ampithrion Street, 2025 Strovolos.  The speaker is Mr. Nicos Timotheou an ex CYTA CEO. There is no fee for the lecture. Before the lecture, drinks and finger food will be offered to the participants.

For participation, please send name, telephone and email at  cyprus@etek.org.cy.

For further information about the lecture you can contact ETEK at 22877644.

You can view the invitation for the lecture in Greek here.

EUROCON 2015, 4th CFP, Salamanca-Sept’15

EUROCON 2015, 4th CFP, Salamanca-Sept’15
The 16th International Conference on Computer as a Tool (EUROCON 2015)
Organize in parallel with STARTUP OLÉ.- http://startupole.eu
Salamanca, Spain.
8th – 11th September, 2015
http://eurocon2015.usal.es
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The IEEE Region 8 EuroCon 2015 Conference is a premier forum for the exchange of ideas, open and direct discussion on the development of the Circuits and Systems, Multimedia, Information and Communication Technology and Energy and Power Systems.
It has achieved a considerable success during the past 15 editions covering majority of the fields in the area of electrical engineering.
EUROCON 2015 is organized by the IEEE Spanish Section and IEEE Region 8.

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*** CALL FOR  WORKSHOPS & SPECIAL SESSIONS ***
In addition to regular sessions, participants are encouraged to organize workshops and special sessions on specialized topics. Each special session should have at least 4 or 5 quality papers.
Special session organizers will solicit submissions; conduct reviews jointly with the EUROCON 2015 PC and in the same way recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers.
Special Session submission deadline: 15th April, 2015
Submission of  workshops  and Special Sessions are welcome!
For more information, please, send an email to: eurocon@usal.es and check the following webpage:
http://eurocon2015.usal.es/Special%20Sessions

Up to now:
WORKSHOPS:
1. Magnetic Materials for Energy Applications.
SPECIAL SESSIONS:
1. Enhanced Interference Management in Advanced Mobile Communications Networks for Energy Saving
2. Software Defined Radio for Education
3. Applications of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering
4. Soft Computing Models in Industrial and Environmental Applications by SMC
5. Multi-Agent Systems for Operations & Supply Chain Management
6. Computer: Tool for signal/image/video processing and intelligent systems
7.  Software Engineering Challenges and Techniques for Consumer Electronics Ecosystems

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*** KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ***
Prof. Marios M. Polycarpou – University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Prof. Francisco Herrera – University of Granada (Spain)
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*** SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ***
– Guided visit to Salamanca and Tapas Night (We invite you to taste “pinchos” and life the  Salamanca Feria.)
– Cocktail and show about cutting Ibérico ham by a  Spanish National Champion in the court of ham.
– Guided visit to Ciudad Rodrigo followed by:
– Bullfighting Show (No pain or blood involved for the brave animals)
– and Gala Dinner (Gala dinner will take place at Hotel Conde Rodrigo II, located in a privileged setting only 1.5 km from the Ciudad Rodrigo City Centre, with spectacular gardens).
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*** TOPICS ***
1. Information and Communication Technology:
Internet Services and Applications; Future Internet; Wireless and Mobile Communications; Network Convergence; Multimedia Communication Systems; Quality of Service and Quality of Experience; High Performance Networking; Optical Systems and Networks; Network Design and Optimization of Communication Systems; Network Performance Evaluation; Multiagent Systems; Intelligent Systems; Sensor Networks; Self-Organizing Networks; Distributed Embedded Systems; Software Engineering; Cloud Computing; Security
2. Circuits and Systems for Signal Processing:
Analog and Mixed Circuits; RF Circuits; Low Power Circuits; VLSI Circuits and Systems; Device and Circuit Modeling; Design for Testability; Distributed Circuits; Reconfigurable Architectures; High Level Synthesis; Hardware and Software Co-design; Signal, Image and Video Processing and Analysis; Pattern Recognition; Multimedia; Sensors and Transducers; MEMS; Biomedical Systems; Human-Computer Interaction; Robotics; Neural Networks; Fuzzy Logic
3. Energy:
a) Power Resources and Systems: Power System Planning and Management; PowerMachines and Electric Vehicles; Electricity Demand; Smart Grid and Smart Energy Systems; Energy and Environment Sustainable Development; Transition Towards a Low Carbon Energy System
b) Smart Cities and Energy in Buildings: From Efficient Buildings to Smart Cities; IntegratedManagement Systems; End-use Customers; Demand-Side Management; Advanced Metering Infrastructure; Engineering Education
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*** PAPER SUBMISSION ***
Manuscripts must be written in English. All papers must comply with the format of the IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings and each paper should not exceed 6 pages.
All submissions will be refereed by experts in the field based on originality, significance, quality and clarity. All contributions must be original, must not have been published elsewhere and must not be intended to be published elsewhere (conference or journal) during the review period. Accepted papers will be included in EUROCON 2015 Proceedings, which will be published by IEEE and submitted to IEEE Xplore. All accepted papers will be considered for extension for possible publication in journal special issues dedicated to this conference.
All papers must be initially submitted in electronic PDF format using the online paper submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eurocon2015
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*** COMMITTEES ***
*General Chair*
Emilio Corchado– University of Salamanca (Spain)
*Honorary Chairs*
Alfonso Fernández Mañueco – Mayor of Salamanca (Spain)
Costas M. Stasopoulos- IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect.
*Technical Programme Committee*
TPC Co-chairs
Carl James Debono – University of Malta (Malta)
Magdalena Salazar- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Manuel Castro – UNED (Spain)
Manuel Graña – University of País Vasco/EHU (Spain)
Publicity Co-chairs
Matej Zajc- University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Marios Antoniou- CYTA (Cyprus)
Ali El-Mousa – University of Jordan (Jordan)
Shaun Kaplan – CapeSoft
*Track Chairs*
Jan Haase– Track: Energy
Athanasios Kakarountas– Track: Circuits and Systems for Signal Processing
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*** IMPORTANT DATES ***
Paper submission deadline: 4th May, 2015
Acceptance notification: 25th May, 2015
Camera-Ready Copy Due: 15th June, 2015
Payment deadline: 22nd June, 2015
Conference dates: 8th-11th September, 2015
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*** CONTACT ***
Dr. Emilio Corchado
IEEE Spain Section Chair
Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control
University of Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain
e-mail: eurocon@usal.es
IEEE Spain Section
http://www.ieeespain.org/
For more information about EUROCON 2015, please refer to the conference website: http://eurocon2015.usal.es
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eurocon2015
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eurocon2015

IEEE CUT SB’s event

by Jake T.

The IEEE CUT Student Branch as part of the celebrations of the IEEE Day invites you to the event: “Today’s Knowledge and Future Perspective”, which is going to be held on Thursday

09 Oct 2014, at CUTing Edge Limassol, Kitiou Kyprianou 45 Street, Limassol

Speeches – Speakers:

The Business Software in Cyprus and the structure of an IT project

Trifon Papazoglou (SingularLogic Cyprus)

Acoustic Science in Cyprus – Why and How?

Panos Oikonomou (P.E.M.A.R.D)

Research and development of communication systems and signal processing

Tasos Kounoudes(SignalGenerix)

For more information you can contact 99951936 / 99981631 or visit the website: www.cut.ac.cy

CUT_0614_INV_Student Branch

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Tο IEEE CUT Student Branch στο πλαίσιο των εορτασμών της IEEE Day σας προσκαλεί στην εκδήλωση “Todays Knowledge and Future Perspective” που θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Πέμπτη, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2014 στις 19:00, στο CUTing Edge, οδός Κιτίου Κυπριανού 45, Λεμεσός.

Ομιλίες:

• Το επιχειρηματικό Λογισμικό στην Κύπρο και η δομή ενός έργου Πληροφορικής – Τρύφων Παπάζογλου

Ο κ. Παπάζογλου είναι πτυχιούχος Ηλεκτρολόγος Μηχανικός στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, έχει εργαστεί στον τομέα της διεύθυνσης παραγωγής και στον τομέα της πληροφορικής την οποία υπηρέτησε από τις θέσεις του Application Consultant, Project Manager και αναλυτή. Έχει εμπλακεί με επιτυχία σε δεκάδες έργα Πληροφορικής και από το 2006 είναι Γενικός Διευθυντής της SingularLogic Κύπρου

• Η Ακουστική Επιστήμη στην Κύπρο – Γιατί και Πώς; – Πάνος Οικονόμου

Ο Πάνος Οικονόμου είναι κάτοχος BSc στη Μηχανολογία, MSc στην Ακουστική και υποψήφιος διδάκτορας στο ΤΕΠΑΚ για το διδακτορικό του. Ίδρυσε τις εταιρείες Panacoustics – Acoustics Consultants το 1982 και την P.E. Mediterranean Acoustics Research & Development (PEMARD) το 2009. Η Panacoustics ασχολείται με συμβουλευτικές υπηρεσίες πάνω σε θέματα θορύβου και ακουστικής (www.panacoustics.com), ενώ η PEMARD έχει αντικείμενο την έρευνα και την ανάπτυξη λογισμικών στην ακουστική (www.pemard.com). Η PEMARD ανέπτυξε τα λογισμικά Olive Tree Lab-Terrain (environmental noise) και Acoustics-Lib (DLL) με αντιπροσώπους σε 43 χώρες.

• Έρευνα και ανάπτυξη συστημάτων επικοινωνιών και επεξεργασίας σήματος – Τάσος Κουνούδης

Ο Δρ. Τάσος Κουνούδης είναι συνιδρυτής και Γενικός Διευθυντής της εταιρίας SignalGeneriX, που είναι προσηλωμένη στην έρευνα και ανάπτυξη καινοτόμων προϊόντων και τεχνολογιών για μεγάλες διεθνείς εταιρίες ηλεκτρονικών και τηλεπικοινωνιών.

Θα ακολουθήσει συζήτηση. Κάθε ομιλία θα έχει διάρκεια 30 λεπτών.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες επικοινωνήστε με το τηλέφωνο 99951936.

CUT_0614_INV_Student Branch

IEEE Cyprus Section celebrates IEEE Day: October 7, Room ΧΩΔ 02 – 011, New Campus, University of Cyprus

by Jake T.

October 7th is devoted to IEEE Day 2014, which is the 5th time in history when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first IEEE members gathering to share their technical ideas in 1884. The Theme for this year’s IEEE Day is “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”.

For this purpose, IEEE Cyprus Section co-organises with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus a lecture under the title “Metamaterial Arrays and Applications: FSS, EBG & AMC structures”, which is going to be delivered by Prof. J(Yiannis) Vardaxoglou, Professor of Wireless Communications, BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FREng, FIEEE, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK that is going to be held on Tuesday, 7th October 2014, 17:00 – 18:00, at Room ΧΩΔ 02 – 011, New Campus, University of Cyprus.

The event is going to begin with a short presentation of IEEE and IEEE Day by Anastasia Georgouli, IEEE Day 2014 Cyprus Section Ambassador.

The abstract of the lecture is the following:

Interest in metamaterials and their applications has taken an explosive growth. The potential take-up of these structures in communication and sensing systems is primarily due to the control of the amplitudes, frequencies and wave-numbers of propagating and non-propagating electromagnetic modes to an extent that was not previously possible. The control of electromagnetic waves can be applied in various application fields such as, indoor and outdoor communication systems, communicating mobile objects, transport systems (cruise liners and high-speed trains), space/earth communication and microelectronics at µ-wave and mm-wave frequencies, Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSSs), Electromagnetic Bang Gap (EBG) and Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC) structures are all periodic arrays and forms of metamaterials. Metamaterials are, in essence, the materials of the future, since the main purpose for their study is to be able to go beyond where naturally occurring substances and current material structures research have taken us. By combining different microscopic elements into large-scale designs, one will be able not only to create materials with fundamentally new properties but also to fabricate others that have properties on demand, as required by new technologies. The above description of advantageous properties of metamaterials gives a small insight into the large potential industrial application of these concepts. An overview of the work spanning over two decades in FSSs, EBGs and AMCs of the Wireless Communications Research Group at Loughborough University, UK will be presented.

Additionally, you can read a short biography of the speaker here:

Yiannis C. VardaxoglouYiannis C. Vardaxoglou received the BSc degree in Mathematics (Mathematical Physics) and PhD degree in 1981 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He joined Loughborough University of Technology in 1988 as a Lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 1992 and was awarded a personal chair 1998. He was the Head and the first Dean of the Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering School at Loughborough University from 2006 to 2012. He established the Wireless Communications Research (WiCR) group at Loughborough University and founded the Centre for Mobile Communications Research. He has pioneered research, design and development of frequency selective surfaces (FSS) for communication systems, Metamaterials and low SAR antennas for mobile telephony. He holds 5 patents and is the Technical Director/Founder of Antrum Ltd (a University spinout company). He has published over 250 refereed journals and conference proceeding papers and has written a book on FSS. He is past the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IET’s Antennas and Propagation Professional Network in the UK and he chaired for 5 years the IEEE’s distinguish lecturer program of the Antennas and Propagation Society. He was the General Chair of EuCAP’2007 and in the Steering Committee of the IEE International Conferences on Antennas and Propagation and EuCAP’2006. He founded and is the Series Chair of the Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conferences (LAPC), which has been running since 2005. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE).

Celebration of IEEE Day 2014 by IEEE Cyprus Section and all its Groups

by Jake T.

Dear IEEE Cyprus Section members,

October 7th is devoted to IEEE Day 2014, which is the 5th time in history when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first IEEE members gathering to share their technical ideas in 1884. The theme for this year’s IEEE Day is “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”.

For this purpose, the IEEE Cyprus Section and all of the Groups that are under it organise several events for the celebration of this Day, which according to the time that they are going to be held are listed below:

Date Time Place Organising Unit Title of event
07/10/2014 10:30 – 13:30 Omega Conference room, in the new Wing of the European University of Cyprus IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN)  

Training Workshop for Horizon 2020: Information and Communication Technologies

07/10/2014 17:00 – 18:00 Room ΧΩΔ 02 – 011, New Campus, University of Cyprus IEEE Cyprus Section Lecture by Prof. J (Yiannis) Vardaxoglou “Metamaterial Arrays and Applications: FSS, EBG & AMC structures”
07/10/2014 19:00 Social Activities Building, 010 Room, New Campus, University of Cyprus IEEE University of Cyprus Student Branch Get to Know Party (followed by pizza & drinks)
09/10/2014 To be announced Cyprus University of Technology IEEE Cyprus University of Technology Student Branch Presentation of successful Business Stories related to Electrical and Computer Engineering , followed by reception (pizza & drinks)

Apart from participating in the events above, you can celebrate IEEE Day with the following ways:

  • Upload IEEE or IEEE Day visuals to your Facebook and also other social media profile picture, during the IEEE Day.
  • Share your celebration photos and related status with ‪#‎IEEEDAY2014 hashtag during IEEE Day and share your enthusiasm.
  • Wear an IEEE Day t-shirt: members can find the link on the IEEE Day website where they can download the t-shirt template and print the t-shirts locally.

Let us all celebrate IEEE Day 2014 in Cyprus, redefine and revive the importance of being IEEE members and honour with our presence the IEEE volunteers who worked hard in order to organise the celebration events above!

Also note that new IEEE higher-grade members get US$30 off their first year of IEEE Membership if they join between 5 October and 11 October 2014 (not applicable to student membership.)

Looking forward to meeting you during the celebrations,

Anastasia Georgouli
IEEE Day 2014 Cyprus Section Ambassador
Electrical Engineer Consultant JYA Engineering
IEEE Cyprus EN Chair

Reconfigurable Platforms: Architectures, CAD tools and Applications

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Reconfigurable Platforms: Architectures, CAD tools and Applications

Prof. Dimitrios Soudris
MicroLab, ECE NTUA, Greece

Friday, 23th May 2014, 16:30 – 17:30
Room XOD 02 – B109, New Campus
University of Cyprus

Abstract: FIELD-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have become the implementation medium for the vast majority of modern digital circuits. FPGAs are particularly attractive to industrial sector mainly due to the similarities in the logic mapping and implementation flow with Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) flows, as well as the significant shorter time-to-market. Even though reconfigurable technology is widely accepted, still several challenges need to be satisfied in order FPGAs to become a mainstream platform.
Design Methodologies and CAD tools for supporting the design space exploration of reconfigurable architectures, which are implemented in 2D and 3D FPGAs platforms will be presented. Implementation results, starting from the design of a low energy FPGA up to mapping of computationally intensive algorithms.
The shift from horizontal scaling to volumetric stacking of circuits has the potential to mitigate the many limitations of modern integrated circuits. A software-supported framework is developed for designing 3D reconfigurable architectures.

Biography: Dr. Dimitrios Soudris received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1987. He received the Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Patras in 1992. He was working as Lecturer, Assist. and Assoc. Professor in Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace for thirteen years since 1995. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens, Greece. His research interests include embedded systems design, low power VLSI design and reconfigurable architectures. He has published more than 300 papers in international journals and conferences. Also, he is editor in five books of Kluwer and Springer. He is leader and principal investigator in numerous research projects funded from the Greek Government and Industry as well as the European Commission (ESPRIT II-III-IV and 5th & 7th IST), European Space Agency and ENIAC. He has served as General Chair and Program Chair for the International Workshop on Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization, and Simulation (PATMOS) and the General Chair of IFIP-VLSI-SOC 2008. Also, he received an award from INTEL and IBM for the project results of project LPGD and two HiPEAC awards.

 

 

 

Σεμινάριο με τίτλο: “INVISIBILITY AND ELECTROMAGNETIC-WAVE MANIPULATION WITH METAMATERIAL STRUCTURES”

by Jake T.

Το Τμήμα Ηλεκτρολόγων Μηχανικών και Μηχανικών Υπολογιστών σας προσκαλεί σε σεμινάριο που θα γίνει την Δευτέρα 14 Απριλίου 2014 και ώρα 17.00μ.μ. στην αίθουσα ΧΩΔ02 – Β109, στην Πανεπιστημιούπολη.

Τίτλος του σεμιναρίου: “INVISIBILITY AND ELECTROMAGNETIC-WAVE MANIPULATION WITH METAMATERIAL STRUCTURES”
Ομιλητής: Dr. George V. Eleftheriades, University of Toronto, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada

Περισσότερες λεπτομέριες

Welcome Summer Meeting with Startup Chile

startupchile

The teams from CEL, Diogenes Incubator and IEEE Gold Cyprus would like to invite you to our welcome summer meetup.

A casual meetup happening on the 10th June 6:30pm at the University of Cyprus, Social Activities building 3, room 101.

Our guests from the Start-Up Chile programme will take you through their experiences as entrepreneurs and as members of the programme. Also there will be major announcements about the startup scene in Cyprus which you shouldn’t miss for the world!

Come to learn and meet new people while having a beer as well :)

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/296588290478066/?ref=22

Get your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/6934682823

Novel Techniques for Resolution Improvement in Optical Coherence Tomography

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Novel Techniques for Resolution Improvement in Optical Coherence Tomography

Evgenia Bousi
Research Fellow at KIOS Research Center
for Intelligent Systems and Networks of the University of Cyprus

Wednesday, 10th April 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Room KENTP – A008, Old Campus
University of Cyprus

Abstract: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a method for cross sectional tissue imaging, is gaining significant ground as diagnostic tool in various fields. However many early disease changes remain below the resolution of the technique. In OCT the resolution is fundamentally limited by the spectrum of the laser source and the optics used. Enhancements can only be marginal since the spectral increase required for further axial resolution improvement cannot be supported even by the highest end lasers. The lateral resolution of OCT can be improved by use of high numerical aperture (NA) objectives. However, use of a high NA objective restricts the depth of focus. In this presentation we propose some novel methods for axial and lateral resolution improvement which are independent from the above limitations, providing the opportunity for cellular and subcellular resolution imaging, without increasing the cost and complexity of the system. A method for axial resolution improvement was developed, which was based on the modulation of the axial PSF of the system. With this method the axial resolution could be improved by a factor of 7. The application of this method in Time Domain OCT differs significantly from that in Frequency Domain OCT systems. However different formulations have been developed for both. Their mechanical basis and experimental validation will be presented. Also a method for lateral resolution improvement based on the oversampling of the OCT images was developed. The information in the oversampled OCT images was used to estimate the locations of multiple scatterers, assuming each contributes a weighted portion to the detected signal. This method was applied to laterally oversampled OCT images, and a resolution improvement of a factor of 3.7 was experimentally demonstrated. The development of the above methods can significantly improve the resolution of OCT images allowing imaging of diagnostically crucial cellular level characteristics. Such technological improvement can increase the effectiveness of OCT as a tool for diagnosis of very early cancer and other diseases

Biography:Evgenia Bousi received the Diploma degree (BSc/MSc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2004, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cyprus in 2012. From 2004 to 2005 she was a software engineer at the software centre of Siemens, Greece. From 2005 to 2007 she was a research assistant at the Biomedical Imaging and Applied Optics Laboratory, University of Cyprus. She is currently a Research Fellow at KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks of the University of Cyprus. Her research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography, Biomedical Optics, Optical Imaging, Signal and Image processing and new technologies in clinical applications for the improvement of the diagnosis and treatment. She is involved in various projects funded by the University of Cyprus and the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus She is a member of the IEEE, and the Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK) and Greece (TEE).

       

 

 

 

Optimal Control of Battery – Operated Systems

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Title: Optimal Control of Battery – Operated Systems

Christos G. Cassandras
Division of Systems Engineering and
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and
Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE)
Boston University
Brookline, MA 02446
cgc@bu.edu, http://people.bu.edu/cgc

Friday, 5th April 2013, 17:00 – 18:30
Room XΩΔ 02 – 008, New Campus
University of Cyprus

Abstract:

Motivated by the increasing dependence of many systems on battery energy (e.g.,
wireless sensor networks, mobile robots, electric vehicles), we will discuss the problem of optimally controlling how to discharge and recharge a non-ideal battery so as to maximize the work it can perform over a given time period and still maintain a desired final energy level.
Modeling a battery as a dynamic system, we adopt a Kinetic Battery Model (KBM) and formulate a finite-horizon optimal control problem. The solution is shown to be of bang–bang type with the property that the battery is always in recharging mode during the last part of the interval. We then extend the problem to settings where recharging is only occasionally feasible and show that it can be reduced to a nonlinear optimization problem. We further study the problem of optimally controlling a set of non-ideal rechargeable batteries that can be shared to perform a given amount of work over some specified time period. In this case, we seek to
maximize the minimum residual energy among all batteries at the end of this period. We show that the optimal solution must result in equal residual energies for all batteries as long as such a policy is feasible. This simplifies the task of subsequently deriving explicit solutions for the problem.

Biography:

Christos G. Cassandras is Head of the Division of Systems Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is also co-founder of Boston University’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). He received degrees from Yale University (B.S., 1977), Stanford University (M.S.E.E., 1978), and Harvard University (S.M., 1979; Ph.D., 1982). In 1982-84 he was with ITP Boston, Inc. where he worked on the design of automated manufacturing systems. In 1984-1996 he was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He specializes in the areas of discrete event and hybrid systems, stochastic optimization, and computer simulation, with applications to computer and sensor networks, manufacturing systems, and transportation systems. He has published over 300 refereed papers in these areas, and five books. He has guest-edited several technical journal issues and serves on several journal Editorial Boards. He has recently collaborated with The MathWorks, Inc. in the development of the discrete event and hybrid system simulator SimEvents.

Dr. Cassandras was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from 1998 through 2009 and has also served as Editor for Technical Notes and Correspondence and Associate Editor. He was the 2012 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and has served as Vice President for Publications and on the Board of Governors of the CSS. He has chaired the CSS Technical Committee on Control Theory, and served as Chair of several conferences. He has been a plenary speaker at many international conferences, including the American Control Conference in 2001 and the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2002, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, the Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2006), the 1999 Harold Chestnut Prize (IFAC Best Control Engineering Textbook) for Discrete Event Systems: Modeling and Performance Analysis, a 2011 prize for the IBM/IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge competition, a 1991 Lilly Fellowship and a 2012 Kern Fellowship. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IFAC.