Systems Theory and Automatic Control

Systems and Control Seminar in the Sommer Semester 2019


Some Automation and Monitoring Approaches for the Realization of Industry 4.0


Prof. Ali Akbar Safavi
Professor of Systems and Control Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (Currently: Visiting Professor in TU Dresden, Germany)

Time and Place

The seminar talk takes place on June 27, 2019 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in building 07, room 208 at Universitätsplatz 2.


In this talk, I will review some of my active research topics on MPC, Process Monitoring, Security of Control Systems, and Process Safety Management with possible contributions to Industry 4.0 realizations. One of the main goals of Industry 4.0 is to develop intelligent and flexible production systems that can adapt autonomously to their environment and thus, are robust against unpredictable changes in the production process. Another key research and innovation challenge is the issue of safety, monitoring, and protection of industries. A good part of safety and protection related concepts along Industry 4.0 can be referred to as “HAZOP 4.0”, which is one of the main concept behind parts of our research. With the above background, we review some the research carried out by my team and those who are currently going on and their connection to the above concepts. These are: • Model Predictive Control, from Classical MPC to Coordinated Distributed MPC, • Securing networked control systems through designing encrypted observers and controllers, • Advanced and Intelligent Process Monitoring and Industrial Implementation, • Intelligent and Multivariable Process Monitoring for HAZOP 4.0.

Information about the Speaker

Ali Akbar Safavi received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shahid Chamran University, Iran, in 1987, and his M.Sc. degree in Control Engineering from the University of NSW, Australia, in 1992. His Ph.D. in Process Systems Engineering was completed at Sydney University in 1995. In 1996, he was a Postdoctoral fellow in Sydney University. He joined Shiraz University in 1997. He is currently a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Shiraz University in Iran. His research interests are model predictive control, wavelets, neural networks, system identification, networked based Control, and information technology, industrial IoT, and Industry 4.0. See,

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