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
Reducing inter-agent communication due to negotiation in multi-agent systems through learning Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition
Van Aardt B,
Marwala T
2004
Instrumentation for the measurement of the thermal conductivity of hydrating concrete Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering, volume 94
Gibbon GJ
Nair D
2003
Feasibility study and prototype development for the measurement of pressure contours under the human foot The Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering
Gibbon GJ
Orwin D,
Van Esch N
2003
Changes in course presentation to accommodate the “Information Age” and outcomes based requirements The Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering, volume 94, part 3 Gibbon GJ 2003
Stand-by power load in the South African domestic sector: why and how to benchmark Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy Conference
Shuma-Iwisi MV
Gibbon GJ
2003
Measurement and modelling of electromagnetic radiation emitted from underwater electrical apparatus within the sensitivity range of the elasmobranchii 7th European Elasmobranch Association Meeting, San Marino Replublic Gibbon GJ 2003
smart Transducers: A reconstructed definition and a link to microcontrollers 1st African Control Conference (AFCON 2003)
Shuma-Iwisi MV
Gibbon GJ
2003
The development of a test bed for performance measurement of Ethernet based fieldbuses 1st African Control Conference (AFCON 2003)
Germond CA
Gibbon GJ
2003
Identification of data mining techniques for industrial process analysis and control 1st African Control Conference (AFCON 2003)
Namikka E,
Gibbon GJ
2003
The development of a test-bed performance measurement of Ethernet based field-buses Proceedings of the First African Control Conference
Germond C,
Gibbon GJ
2003