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Stuttgart University, Germany; IFAC President

TITLE: Networked Cybernetics: From the Classical Feedback Loop to the New Cybernetics of the 21st Century.

ABSTRACT: Feedback based automatic control has been a key enabling technology  for many technological advances over the past 80 years. New  application domains, like autonomous cars driving on automated  highways, energy distribution via smart grids, life in smart cities or  the new production paradigm Industry 4.0 do, however, require a new  type of cybernetic systems and control theory that goes beyond the classical ideas.Starting from the concepts of feedback and its significance in nature  and technology, we will present in this talk the new developments and challenges in connection to the control of interconnected networks of  complex systems.

SHORT BIOGRAPHYFrank Allgöwer is director of the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control and professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. His main interests in research and teaching are in the area of systems and control with a current emphasis on the development of new methods for optimization-based control, networks of systems, data-based control and systems biology.

He received several recognitions for his work including the IFAC Outstanding Service Award, the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award, the State Teaching Award of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Frank Allgöwer is President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for the years 2017-2020. He was Editor for the journal Automatica from 2001 to 2015 and is editor for the Springer Lecture Notes in Control and Information Science book series and has published over 500 scientific articles. Since 2012 he serves a Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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