Yang Shi
Title:  Adaptive and Learning Model Predictive Control for Autonomous Systems

Abstract: Model predictive control (MPC) is a promising paradigm for high-performance and cost-effective control of complex dynamic systems. This talk will first introduce some recent results on adaptive and learning model predictive control (MPC) for a class of constrained dynamic systems with unknown model parameters. Further, the reinforcement learning based MPC will be discussed. The application of adaptive and learning MPC to autonomous systems will be introduced. Some existing challenges and future research directions will be discussed.

Biography: Yang SHI received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and automatic control from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, in 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. In 2009, he joined the University of Victoria, and now he is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. His current research interests include networked and distributed systems, model predictive control (MPC), cyber-physical systems (CPS), robotics and mechatronics, navigation and control of autonomous systems (AUV and UAV), and energy system applications.
Dr. Shi received the University of Saskatchewan Student Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, and the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 at the University of Victoria (UVic). He is the recipient of the JSPS Invitation Fellowship (short-term) in 2013, the UVic Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research in 2015, the 2017 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2018; CSME Mechatronics Medal (2023); IEEE Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award (2023). He is IFAC Council Member; VP on Conference Activities IEEE IES and the Chair of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems. Currently, he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering; he also serves as Associate Editor for Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, etc. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IES.