10th IFAC Symposium on
Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles
IAV 2019
Gdansk, 3-5 July

Plenary Talks


Building Polish space sector from small islands of excellence to a national innovation ecosystem (PDF)

Poland has much to do to take advantage of the fast-growing data and space-based services market, even if some of its research units are already able to catch up on a few specific areas with leading European partners and actively participate in the global technology race. The work presents the most important findings regarding the state of research and exploitation of outer space in Poland, based on analytical reports published annually by the Polish Space Agency (POLSA). The applied methodology was based on the European Space Agency (ESA) technology tree, providing a three-tier classification system for all technical skills related to space, including technology domains, subdomains and groups. The analyzed data concerned top-level publications records for all Polish research institutions, reports from projects financed by the National Science Center and the National Center for Research and Development, data on Polish participants' success in ESA tenders, as well as on Polish partners participating in international consortia implementing projects financed in the EU Horizon 2020 Space program.


Bogdan Wiszniewski, Polish Space Agency & Gdańsk University of Technology

Bogdan Wiszniewski got his MSc degree in 1977 (with honors), as well as PhD in 1984 and DSc in 1998 in the field of computer science, all from the Gdańsk University of Technology (TUG). In 2006 he was awarded the title of professor by the President of Poland. For several years he lectured at universities in Canada and the USA. He participated in many R&D projects with significant industrial content as the main researcher or coordinator. He is the author or co-author of almost 200 publications in magazines, conferences and monographic publications. Awarded twice by the Polish Minister of Higher Education and Science for scientific merits. His research focuses on software testing and quality assurance, with particular emphasis on distributed systems, and more recently on advanced human-computer interaction, in particular with open multi-agent systems and eCollaboration, including document-centric virtual collaboration and automated negotiations. In 2016, he joined the Polish Space Agency as the Director of Research and Innovation, where he is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing projects related to space, important for the Polish national interest and the economy.



Agile maneuvering with intelligent articulated vehicles: a look from a control perspective (PDF)

Articulated vehicles are the popular means of freight and public transportation. Current trends and development forecasts indicate an increase in their use in the near future, mainly for economic and environmental reasons. Modular High Capacity Vehicles or articulated urban buses are examples of modern transportation solutions that require agile maneuvering in cluttered spaces. Since maneuvering with articulated vehicles, as an inherently nonlinear process, is non-intuitive and burdening for drivers, it seems reasonable to equip such vehicles with systems which provide (semi) autonomous maneuvering capabilities. The aim of the lecture is to provide a unified methodology for designing motion control systems that could be used in the intelligent articulated vehicles to efficiently perform various types of agile maneuvers using a driver-assistance system or in an autonomous mode. In this context, we  discuss the key properties of the so-called N-trailer kinematics, and next we address the correspondence between practical motion problems characteristic of articulated vehicles and their formulations in the language of control engineering. Finally, a modular and highly scalable cascade-like control system is presented that allows solving various motion control tasks in a unified way for vehicles of different kinematic structures and any number of segments. Solutions to selected control problems are illustrated by numerical and experimental results. 


Maciej Marcin MichałekInstitute of Automation and Robotics, Poznan University of Technology

Maciej Marcin Michałek received the M.Sc. Eng., Ph.D. (with honors), and D.Sc. (Habilitation) degrees in the field of automation and robotics from the Poznan University of Technology (PUT), Poznań, Poland, in years 2001, 2006, and 2015, respectively. He is  an Assistant Professor with the Institute of Automation and Robotics, Faculty of Computing, PUT. He developed the VFO (Vector-Field-Orientation) control design methodology for a class of nonholonomic systems. His current research interests include nonlinear control design and control applications for dynamical systems, in particular, for nonholonomic mobile robots, intelligent vehicles, and N-trailer vehicles. Dr. Michałek has been a member of the IEEE organization since 2009 (senior member since 2016); he is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and the IEEE Control Systems Society. Since 2011 he serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. Since the year 2016 he is a member of the Scientific Committee for the National Robotics Conference, and since 2017 he belongs to the IEEE Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Control Systems Society.



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