Special Sessions

The following special sessions will be included in the conference structure:

Nonlinear Data - Theory & Applications


Knut Hüper, University Würzburg, Germany, e-mail: hueper@mathematik.uni-wuerzburg.de

Luis Machado, UTAD and ISR-Coimbra, Portugal, e-mail: lmiguel@utad.pt


The last decade has witnessed a considerable amount of research being devoted on how to process big and often nonlinear data. However, one often neglects the fact that a considerable portion of todays data deluge is actually mathematically highly structured, in many cases e.g. by geometric and/or algebraic constraints.


The goal of this special session is to join researchers and experts with different know-how in the field to present their results and share recent ideas, new methodologies and theoretical approaches. That is, to deal with nonlinear data exploiting a priori knowledge about its mathematical structure.

This special session is also dedicated to Professor Fátima Silva Leite, to celebrate her 70th birthday. Fatima has given important contributions to this area.


  • Calculus of variations and optimal control
  • Control applications
  • Dimensional and model reduction
  • Interpolation and extrapolation
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Optimization on manifolds
  • Visualization
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Control Engineering in Agriculture


Prof. Dr. Manuel Berenguel, University of Almería, e-mail: beren@ual.es

Prof. Dr. José Boaventura Cunha, Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, e-mail: jboavent@utad.pt

Prof. Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, University of Almería, e-mail: frrodrig@ual.es


The Special Session of Control Engineering in Agriculture aims to be a meeting point of researchers and experts working in this field and to attract companies and professionals from the agricultural field related to control engineering.


Agriculture is one of the key sectors in international markets, with high competition among different producing areas. Only the improvement of productivity, quality and food safety will allow the maintenance of the yield in most of these areas. A large effort is devoted nowadays to the introduction of automation in each one of the stages of the agricultural supply chain.


Control engineering opens up a wide range of possibilities in R&D in agriculture and, specifically in this special session, the following topics are proposed, although there is room for any other related to agriculture applications:

  • Automation & control systems
  • Robotics & UAVs
  • Sensing & IoT
  • Machine Vision
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Mechatronics
  • Data processing, Big data & Cloud computing
  • Apps and web-applications based on the previous topics, applied to:
    • Cereals, vegetables and fruit tree
    • Protected and open-air crop system
    • Animal farming
    • New farming systems: algae, aquaculture, indoor farm, insects, …
    • Post-harvest & processing
    • Climate and water resources management
    • Energy management and renewable energies integration.
    • Precision agriculture
    • Agricultural machinery
    • Biotechnology
    • Farm management systems
    • Agrobusiness
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Control Engineering and Industrial Automation Education


Paulo Moura Oliveira, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, email: oliveira@utad.pt

Filomena Soares, Universidade do Minho, Portugal, email: fsoares@uminho.pt

Anthony Rossiter, University of Sheffield, email: j.a.rossiter@sheffield.ac.uk

Ramón Costa-Castelló, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, email: ramon.costa@upc.edu


This Special Session goal is to join researchers, experts and practitioners working in the different areas of higher education Control Engineering and Industrial Automation. This session will promote: discussion regarding new trends, demonstration/evaluation of existing and new teaching/leaning resources, establishment of new research and development links. Considering the requirements associated with current student’s engagement with digital technologies the following question will be the theme for this special session:

How to adapt traditional control engineering teaching methodologies so students can better face tomorrow challenges?


The science and technological development rate is changing society in all aspects. Current students demand new teaching and learning methodologies. As students change, teachers must keep-up by adapting their teaching, the technologies used to teach and the type of supporting teaching/learning materials. How to motivate students for control engineer? How to stimulate student's critical thinking? How to promote students self-learning skills?


This special session is devoted to all topics related with control engineering and industrial automation engineering and applications, including (but not limited to) the following subjects:
  • Arduino and Raspberry PI applications
  • Artificial Intelligence in Control Engineering
  • Continuing control education in industry
  • E-learning and Blended-learning
  • Flipped Classroom approaches
  • Gamification
  • Interactivity in automatic control
  • Internet-based teaching/learning resources and approaches
  • Mobile Learning and Educational Apps
  • New courses curricula for introductory control courses
  • Open-source resources
  • On-line Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • PLC programming
  • Problem-based learning
  • Robotics in Control Education
  • Virtual and remote labs
  • Virtual reality based approaches
  • Other innovative technological approaches
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Structural Dynamics, Control and Structural Health Monitoring : Practical Applications


Prof. Rui Carneiro Barros, Dept Civil Engineering – Structural Division, FEUP and Member of Construct research unit at FEUP, Porto, e-mail: rcb@fe.up.pt


This Special Session goal is to join researchers, experts and practitioners working in the different areas of structural dynamics and control within structural engineering applications majorly of civil-mechanical-aeronautical and offshore engineering. This session will promote: discussion of new theoretical methods, new trends in the topic research and methodologies, evaluation of existing or proposed new structures under dynamic design actions and the establishment of new research and development links.


The science and technological development rate is changing engineering society in all aspects. Current structural designs tend to be concerned with more flexible structures, with higher and more frequent design generalized loads to be safely withstand up to ultimate limit states (ULS) and tighter deformation criteria to insure the usefulness of the designed structures under serviceability limit states (SLS). In the civil structural engineering case, either by longer spans and higher actions on multiple purpose function of long span bridges, or by taller buildings and tall support structures (from transmission lines, to pole structures, to even deeper offshore structures) and akin new structural engineering applications.


This special session is devoted to all topics related with structural dynamics and control engineering applications within structural engineering, including structural health monitoring, associated with (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • Structural engineering applications and case studies
  • Lifeline structures under dynamic loads of wind and earthquakes
  • Risk and reliability of lifeline structures
  • Hybrid solutions in control
  • Open-source resources
  • Matlab and Simulink resources and applications
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) applications
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PID Control : Tuning, Design and Applications


Ramon Vilanova, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Spain, e-mail: ramon.vilanova@uab.cat

Antonio Visioli, University of Brescia, Italy, e-mail: antonio.visioli@unibs.it

Dramir Vrancic, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, e-mail: damir.vrancic@ijs.si


Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers are undoubtedly the most employed controllers in industry. Even with a long history behind the PID is still atracting so much attention within the research community. The last PID conference, that took place in May 2018 in Ghent, as the sequel of PID 2000 in Terassa, Spain and PID 2012 in Brescia, Italy was a good proof of that. These meetings proved to be great successes and have given a significant impulse in research direction of PID controllers, as seen in the last decade in literature reports.


This session aim is to put together submissions on latest developments related to PID control, both in theory and practical applications. The aim is to provide an opportunity for research and scientific discussion in the field of industrial PID tuning and design as well as advanced formulations of the PID algithm such as, for example, fractional PID controllers or event-based PID formulations.


This special session is devoted to all topics related with PID control and its industrial applications, including (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • Tuning and design of PID controller
  • Alternative implementations of PID control
  • Event-based PID control
  • Robust PID controller
  • PID control of higher order processes
  • Fractional PID control
  • Adaptive PID control
  • Nonlinear PID control
  • Optimal PID control
  • Intelligent PID control
  • Fuzzy PID control
  • Industrial PID control applications
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Floating Off-shore Wind Turbines (FOWT): modelling, optimization and control


Matilde Santos, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, e-mail: msantos@ucm.es

María Tomás-Rodríguez, The City University of London, UK, e-mail: Maria.Tomas-Rodriguez.1@city.ac.uk


The aim of this Special Session is to bring together different approaches on the modelling, identification, optimization and control of floating wind devices, emphasizing the importance of reducing the vibration and oscillations they are subject to due to the marine loads. This session will provide an interesting opportunity to present and discuss the latest theoretical advances and real-world applications in modelling and vibration control of floating wind turbines.


Within the area of renewable energies, wind energy has arisen important expectations in terms of energy production and high efficiency, but also raising concerns about possible environmental impact. One solution possible solution to alleviate this problem is the installation of offshore wind turbines (OWT), more in particular, in deeper seabed areas, FOWT (floating offshore wind turbines). However, due to their location on the sea surface, with strong winds, waves and currents, they are subject to large loads and undesirable vibrations. Hence, reducing the impact of loads on the FOWT structures is extremely important as it would allow for increased reliability and possibly, the need for lighter and cheaper structures. It also would improve the wind turbine control and therefore the energy extraction.

In order to address these issues, identification of computational models that can represent these unstable and strongly non-linear systems are essential. On the other hand, all types of control that play a role in the performance of these renewable energy systems should also be addressed. Analytical and heuristic optimization can be applied at different stages of the study of these floating devices. Besides, the analysis of the external loads, such as wind and waves, that has such a strong influence on the FOWT dynamics are necessary.

This special session aims to disseminate high quality research results regarding not only the theoretic development, but also related effective applications to different types of floating wind turbines.


This special session is devoted to all topics related with off-shore floating wind turbines, including (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • Modelling and identification of FOWT
  • Wind turbines and FOWT control
  • FOWT control issues
  • Wind and waves models for FOWT
  • FOWT vibration control
  • Optimization of FOWT performance
  • Energy efficiency of FOWT
  • Other related topics
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Intelligent Control and Automation


António Eduardo de Barros Ruano, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal, e-mail: aruano@ualg.pt

Matilde Santos, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, e-mail: msantos@ucm.es


The aim of this Special Session is to bring together different communities working on different aspects of intelligent control and advanced algorithms in system engineering and automation. The special session will discuss some fundamental issues on control of complex systems, including application of soft computing techniques, heuristic optimization, intelligent approaches, both for system modelling and control design, and potential applications to real-world systems.


Many computational intelligence and learning methods, including expert systems, fuzzy control, neural networks, genetic algorithm, artificial immune networks, swarm particle techniques, ACO, reinforcement learning, etc., have gained successful applications in many control automation fields. Intelligent Control, which is distinguished from conventional approaches since it is historically based on methodologies borrowed from Artificial Intelligence, mainly Soft Computing techniques, has been proved able to cope with problems – especially industrial ones – where conventional methods were reputed less efficient or unsuccessful.

Applications of Intelligent Control may include without restrictions: transportation systems, medical, biomedical and biological systems, aerospace, automation, biotechnology, mechatronics, manufacturing, process control, power systems, energy and smart grid, agriculture, environmental systems, robotics and autonomous systems, economics and business systems… In recent years, a trend has emerged in which techniques of computational intelligence, learning control and automation have been integrated into intelligent control or automation systems on a variety of scales to meet the needs of implementation at the angle of products.

This special session aims to disseminate high quality research results regarding not only the theoretic development in integration of computational intelligence theories and control techniques, but also related effective applications to some new and useful physical systems.


This special session is devoted to all topics related with intelligent control and its applications, including (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • Intelligent Control: fuzzy control, neuro-control, neuro-fuzzy, intelligent-PID control, hybrid techniques, etc
  • Optimization by heuristic techniques in system engineering and control
  • Modelling and identification by Intelligent Techniques
  • Engineering Application of Intelligent Computation
  • Applications in industry, aerospace, marine, aerial systems, ….
  • Other related topics
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Control in Robotic Applications


António Paulo Gomes Mendes Moreira, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto / INESCTEC, e-mail: amoreira@fe.up.pt

Paulo José Cerqueira Gomes da Costa, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto / INESCTEC, e-mail: paco@fe.up.pt


This Special Session goal is to join researchers, experts and practitioners working in robotics (mobile robots, manipulators, etc) to discuss new trends and show new control solutions in robotic applications.


The technological solutions to apply control algorithms in robotics applications are more and more diverse with a lower price and higher computational power. This fact allow researchers and development engineers to implement complex algorithms in robotic applications with a cost effective solution. High performance robots with high speeds and accelerations and at the same time high accuracy are very difficult to implement and need complex control algorithms. Also a previous phase of modelling and simulation is mandatory before going to the real robots.


This special session is devoted to all topics related with control applied to robotics, including (but not limited to) the following subjects:

  • Dynamical models for robots
  • Robotic Simulation
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and other solutions to control robots
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Control Architectures and Programming
  • Multi-Robot control and coordination
  • Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking
  • Sensors and Sensor Integration for control
  • Filtering and estimation in robotics
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Industrial cyber-physical systems


Paulo Leitão, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB)/CEDRI, Portugal, e-mail: pleitao@ipb.pt

Carlos Ramos, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), Portugal, e-mail: csr@dei.isep.ipp.pt


Markets are currently imposing very strong requirements, demanding customized high-quality products with shorter delivery times and shorter lifecycles, forcing companies to adapt their processes by help of flexible, safe and reconfigurable production plants. This leads to the challenge of designing systems that exhibit better re-configurability, agility, robustness and responsiveness while ensuring at the same time the maintainability and the sustainability and the long-term performances of their processes, products and logistics systems. Cyber-physical Systems promises a breakthrough in addressing this challenge by providing a vision of interconnecting the physical and cyber worlds, allowing the development of robust and flexible systems with multi-scale dynamics, and being capable of seamless reconfiguration and more efficient in productivity and energy consumption. CPS will support the realization of the Industry 4.0 vision that aims the computerization of traditional industries to achieve intelligent and reconfigurable factories.


The goal of this special session is to join researchers, experts and practitioners to explore the topics of industrial cyber-physical systems. Of particular importance is the collection of the best practices, results and knowledge from experiments of industrial applications, deployment methodologies, standards, demonstrations and roadmaps that will help the assessment of industrial cyber-physical systems.


  • Architectures and theoretical foundations of cyber-physical systems
  • Cyber-physical systems design, modeling and evaluation
  • Distributed computing and control in cyber-physical systems
  • Distributed intelligence and product driven automation
  • Multi-agent systems in industry, energy and services
  • Holonic manufacturing systems
  • Virtualization and digital twins
  • Cyber-physical systems networking and communication
  • Human integration in cyber-physical systems
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Control in Point Vortex Dynamics


Carlos Balsa, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal, e-mail: balsa@ipb.pt

Sílvio Gama, Centro de Matemática da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, e-mail: smgama@fc.up.pt


The aim of this special session is to bring together different approaches on the control of point vortex dynamics. Some fundamental issues based on the latest theoretical and computational advances on control of point vortex dynamics will be discussed. This session will also provide an interesting opportunity to present some real-world applications of the vortex dynamics control.


Point vortex can be seen as mathematical models used to describe the dynamic of vortex-dominated flows. These models are based on a low dimensional description of the flow features. Vortex dynamics, based on point vortex models, have been employed in many science and engineering areas like geophysics, turbulence, superfluids, hydrodynamic, etc.

There is a special interest in the use of control methods applied to vortex dynamics in the fields of geophysical fluid dynamics, aeronautics and hydrodynamics. In the context of hydrodynamics, the fish-like locomotion is an application of point vortex that have received some attention in the last years. This is mostly due to the development of autonomous underwater vehicles for the collection of data concerning the multiple oceanic phenomena.

In this context different approach have been used. Direct methods discretize the problem with respect to time in order to get a non-linear programming problem that can be solved by an optimization method. Indirect methods use Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle to derive optimal conditions, where it is necessary to maximize the Hamiltonian, which can be solved by collocation or shooting methods. The main objective of this special session is to present the different advances in each of these domains.The goal of this special session is to join researchers and experts with different know-how in the field to present their results and share recent ideas, new methodologies and theoretical approaches. That is, to deal with nonlinear data exploiting a priori knowledge about its mathematical structure.


  • Point Vortex and Passive Tracer Dynamics
  • Control Problem and Numerical Optimization
  • Fish-Like Vehicle
  • Maximum Principle of Pontryagin
  • Zermelo’s Navigation Problem
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Control of Smart Structures


Iván M Díaz, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, e-mail: ivan.munoz@upm.es

Emiliano Pereira, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, e-mail: emiliano.pereira@uah.es

Javier F Jiménez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, e-mail: jf.jimenez@upm.es

Jaime H García-Palacios, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, e-mail: jaime.garcia.palacios@upm.es


This special session on vibration control of smart structures aims to gather contributions on advanced vibration control techniques applied to structural systems. The session will encourage papers dealing with the particular aspects related to control vibrations in lively and flexible civil and mechanical engineering structures and it will allow the exchange of design and implementation experiences in structural control solutions, including both mitigation and isolation solutions.


The increasing demand for taller, longer and lighter civil and mechanical engineering structures, together with the higher safety, reliability and comfort requirements are pushing the development of smart structures equipped with vibration control devices. Thus, the main objective of this special session is to gather practitioners and researchers who are interested in the field of vibration control. Special emphasis will be revealed in: (i) the proposal of innovative techniques; and (ii) the implementation of well-known techniques during the conceptual design of civil engineering structures.

Contribution on active, semi-active and hybrid control are especially welcome. Furthermore, innovative passive vibration and isolation control techniques, including active and semi-active strategies, are also of interest.


  • Vibration control of human and wind-induced vibrations
  • Active vibration control
  • Sensor and actuator placements
  • Feedback control scheme for civil engineering structures
  • Low cost-effective implementations
  • Optimization procedures for vibration control
  • Active and semi-active vibration isolation
  • Experimental implementations
  • Actuators
  • Equipment for vibration control
  • Damping quantification
  • MIMO control
  • Robust control
  • Stability assessment
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