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Controls Teaching Made Easier with MATLAB and Simulink
Tuesday, December 12, Lunch Break, Plenary Hall
Sponsor: The MathWorks Inc.


Abstract: Project based learning and inverted classroom are changing the way control systems classes are taught.  With project based learning, instructors focus on developing hardware labs where students learn practical skills required by the industry. Inverted classroom necessitates creation of materials that students can use to learn controls concepts outside of the classroom. To help educators focus on teaching, MathWorks offers tools and resources that instructors can use for development of hardware labs and learning materials.  In this talk we will discuss such tools and resources, including:

  • Free hardware support packages and experiments enabling students to control drones, drive motors, read encoders, use light sensors, and build other projects with popular platforms like LEGO, Arduino, and Parrot Minidrones straight from MATLAB and Simulink.
  • Online resources for self-learning including MATLAB Tech Talks, tutorials, and MATLAB Academy.
  • MATLAB and Simulink capabilities for easier and more intuitive explanation of controls concepts.
  • Downloadable sets of curriculum materials for developing and enhancing curriculum, facilitating lectures and classroom examples, and inspiring student learning.
  • MATLAB Cody Coursework for auto-grading assignments.
  • Access to MATLAB and Simulink through campus wide licenses, student software, MATLAB Online, MATLAB Home, and MATLAB Mobile.

Systems and Control Research Overview and Career Opportunities at United Technologies Research Center
Wednesday, December 13, Lunch Break, Plenary Hall
Sponsor: United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT


  • Dr. Andrzej Banaszuk (Senior Director, Systems Department)
  • Dr. Andrew Sparks (Principal Engineer, Control Systems Group Leader)
  • Dr. Amit Surana (Principal Engineer, System Dynamics and Optimization Group)
  • Dr. Shaunak D. Bopardikar (Staff Engineer, Control Systems Group)
  • Dr. Milos Ilak (Staff Engineer, Control Systems Group)
  • Dr. Zohaib Mian (Staff Engineer, Control Systems Group)
  • Dr. Mahmoud El Chamie (Senior Engineer, System Dynamics and Optimization Group)
Academic Collaborator/Guest Speaker:
  • Professor Robert Bitmead, University of California, San Diego

Abstract: We will give an overview of United Technologies Corporation and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and then present a broad overview of research from UTRC’s Systems Department, with particular focus on autonomous and intelligent systems, dynamical analysis and advanced controls for complex systems, and machine learning. The research, conducted by a diverse team of researchers in robotics, dynamical systems, estimation, control, applied mathematics, computer vision, computer science, and human factors in partnership with academic partners includes interdisciplinary approaches combining ideas from dynamical systems, control theory and machine learning for data driven systems and control as well as sequential decision making. We will conclude with a discussion of career and internship opportunities in the broad area of autonomy, controls, machine learning, and human-machine interactions.

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Key dates (2017)
Submission Site Open:January 4
Initial Paper
Submissions to L-CSS with CDC Option Due:
March 6
Invited Session
Proposals Due:
March 10
Initial Paper
Submissions Due:
March 20
Workshop Proposals Due:May 1
Paper and Workshop
Decision Notification:
Best Student Paper
Nominations Opens:
July 20
Final Submission Open:August 1
Registration Opens:August 1
Best Student Paper
Nominations Closes:
August 15
Accepted Papers Due:September 20
Early Bird Closes:October 1
Online Registration Closes:December 5
Conference opens:December 12
Conference closes:December 15

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