14th IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Symposium on System Identification, SYSID 2006, March 29-31

Plenary Presenters

Torsten Söderström

Torsten Soderstrom

Errors-In-Variables Methods in System Identification

Torsten Söderström was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1945. He received his MSc degree "civilingenjör" in engineering physics in 1969 and his PhD in automatic control in 1973, both from Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

During the period 1967--1974 he held various teaching positions at the Lund Institute of Technology. Since 1974, he has been at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, where he is a professor of automatic control. During 1975-1998 he was the head of the Systems and Control Group, which now is a part of Department of Information Technology.

Dr Söderström is the author or co-author of many technical papers. His main research interests are in the fields of system identification, signal processing, and control of mechanical systems. He is the author or co-author of four books: ``Theory and Practice of Recursive Identification'', MIT Press, 1983 (with L Ljung), ``The Instrumental Variable Methods for System Identification'', Springer Verlag, 1983 (with P Stoica), ``System Identification'', Prentice-Hall, 1989 (with P Stoica) and ``Discrete-time Stochastic Systems'', Prentice-Hall, 1994; 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag, 2002. In 1981 he was given (along with his co-authors) an Automatica Paper Prize Award. He is an Automatica editor for the area of System Parameter Estimation since 1992.

He has held a number of positions within IFAC, International Federation of Automatic Control, during 1993-2002. He is currently a council member of EUCA, European Union Control Association.

Yucai Zhu

Yucai Zhu

System Identification for Process Control: Recent Experiences and Outlook

Yucai Zhu graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1982. He obtained his Master degree and PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1985 and 1990 respectively, from Eindhoven University of Technology. During 1991 and 1993 he worked at IPCOS B.V. as a control engineer where he was also a cofounder of the company.

He worked at Setpoint Inc. and later AspenTech from 1993 to 1996. He co-founded Tai-Ji Control in 1996.

Since 1998, he works part-time at Eindhoven University of Technology as a researcher. He has developed the so-called ASYM method of identification and has developed identification packages Tai-Ji ID and Tai-Ji Online.

He has done consulting work in the field of MPC for many refining/petrochemical companies such as BP, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Statoil, Total. His research interests are system identification and model based control of industrial processes.

Christian Robert

Christian Robert

Bayesian Computational Tools

Christian Robert is currently Professor of Statistics at Universite Paris Dauphine as well as Head of the Statistics Laboratory at the Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) of INSEE, Paris. He has made important and extensive contributions to the methodology, theory and application of statistics in diverse areas including decision theoretic Bayesian statistics and their applications, computational statistics (especially Markov chain Monte Carlo and sequential Monte Carlo methods), latent variable models, including mixture models and hidden Markov models, and applications of statistics in a variety of areas including genetics, astronomy, ecology, econometrics and small area estimation. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including the influential books The Bayesian Choice, which won the 2004 DeGroot prize, and Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, co-authored with George Casella.
He has started a four year term as editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B. He has been an associate editor of the Annals of Statistics since 1997 and is on the editorial board of the journal Bayesian Analysis and of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, after being part of the editorial boards of TEST, the Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics and Statistical Science. He has also been a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics since 1992 and currently is on its council and also that of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.