Control

Photo courtesy Shamil Morar

The Centre for Systems and Control is a research group that resides within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The activities of the group range from classical control to modern linear and non-linear control. All aspects of systems and signals namely, modelling, synthesis, control analysis and design pertaining to linear and non-linear, time-invariant as well as time varying systems and signals form part of the focus.

Research Group Staff and Their Research Interests

Anton van Wyk (PhD) – Carl & Emily Fuchs Professor of Systems & Control Engineering and Group leader

His current research interest is in mathematical modelling of non-linear and non-stationary systems which includes chaotic behaviour of systems. In addition Anton is active in radar and image processing and applications thereof.

Brian Wigdorowitz(PhD) – Associate Professor

Brian’s current interest is in developing and applying a system dynamics modelling methodology to all types of systems. Arising from this will be to develop a control design based methodology based on energy considerations which should be equally applicable to both non-linear and linear systems. Brian is also collaborating with Prof David Rubin of the Biomedical Group in applying system dynamics modelling to biological systems.

Otis Nyandoro (MSc(Eng)) – Lecturer

Amongst other the research interests of Otis include classic and optimal control. Otis is currently working towards his PhD.

Control Research Staff

PUBLICATIONS

Title Publication Name Authors Year published
Mine Hoist Control System to Counter Rope Oscillation SAUPEC 2004
Beier DG
Lines CR
Pritchard CJ
2004
Option pricing using a committee of neural networks and optimized networks 2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics
Dindar Z
Mawala TM
2004
Representing and classifying 2D shapes of Real-World Objects using Neural Networks 2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics,
Machowski L
Marwala TM
2004
Predicting global internet instability caused by worms using neural networks Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa
Marais E
Marwala TM
2004
Bushing monitoring using MLP and RBF 7th Africon Conference in Africa, Vol 1
Marwala T
Dhlamini SM
2004
An application of SVM, RBF & MLP with ARD a bushings 2004 IEEE Conference on Cybernetics & Intelligent Systems, Singapore
Marwala T
Dhlamini SM
2004
Modelling & controlling interstate conflict International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Budapest
Marwala T
Lagazio M
2004
American Option Pricing using multi-layer perceptron and support vector machine 2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics,
Pires M,
Mawala TM
2004
Option pricing using Bayesian neural networks Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa
Pires M,
Marwala TM
2004
Using artificial intelligence for data reduction in mechanical engineering Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition
Mdlazi L
Marwala T
Stander CJ,
Heyns PS
2004