Keynote - Fast Model Predictive Control


Manfred Morari, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


In the 1980s Model Predictive Control (MPC) became the algorithm of choice in the process industries for demanding multi-variable applications involving constraints. Today's vastly more powerful computational resources and a series of new algorithms have made these tools suitable for problems of essentially any size and time scale. I will describe the road taken and illustrate the effectiveness with industrial examples from the automotive and power electronics domains and the industrial energy sector. In the final part of the lecture I will suggest topics of future research.


Manfred Morari was head of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich from 2009 to 2012. He was head of the Automatic Control Laboratory from 1994 to 2008. Before that he was the McCollum-Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Executive Officer for Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained the diploma from ETH Zurich and the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. His interests are in hybrid systems and the control of biomedical systems.
Morari's research is internationally recognized. The analysis techniques and software developed in his group are used in universities and industry throughout the world. He has received numerous awards, including the Eckman Award, Ragazzini Award and Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council; the Colburn Award, Professional Progress Award and CAST Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); the Nyqvist Lectureship and the Oldenburger Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the Control Systems Award and the Bode Lecture Prize from IEEE. He is a Fellow of IEEE, AIChE and IFAC. In 1993 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Pictures on top right, coprighted to Yuri Demchenko.