April 26, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm, University of California, Berkeley, Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall.

CITRIS/CPAR Control Theory and Automation Symposium |

2nd NorCal Control Workshop

Symposium theme: Current challenges and future directions in control and automation.

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, People and Robots Initiative (CPAR) Control Theory and Automation Symposium will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm at UC Berkeley. This symposium is the 2nd NorCal Control Workshop, an annual event providing a forum to bring together students, postdocs and faculty from various universities, as well as representatives from industry, in the Northern California region working in the broad area of systems and control to share knowledge and build new connections.

Organizers: This event is organized by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, People and Robots Initiative (CPAR), and the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center (CPSRC).
Topics: The topics of interest are automation, systems and control theory, along with their applications.
Goal: A goal of the symposium is to spark discussions leading to answers to the following questions: What are the key challenges in the development of control and automation solutions to the complex problems of today? What are unique future opportunities and problems where control and automation would play a key role?
Schedule: The event features several student talks, a keynote talk, a panel on careers in the academia, as well as a poster and networking sessions.

Prior NorCal Control Theory and Automation Symposiums: [2018]


UC Berkeley, Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall


10:00-10:05 Welcome and Introduction
Session #1: Control Applications
10:05-10:20 Laura Hallock (UC Berkeley) System Identification of Human Musculoskeletal Dynamics
10:20-10:35 Marco Carmona (UC Santa Cruz) Stochastic Optimal Approach to the Steering of an Autonomous Vehicle thorugh a Sequence of Roadways
10:35-10:50 Louis Filipozzi (UC Davis) An Integrated Active Safety: An Investigation into the Design of ABS and TCS
10:50-11:05 Dogan Gidon (UC Berkeley) Reinforcement learning for control of thermal effects of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet
11:05-11:20 Short Break
Session #2: Learning and Control
11:20-11:35 Sumeet Singh (Stanford) Control-Theoretic Regularization for Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Learning
11:35-11:50 Ugo Rosolia (UC Berkeley) Learning MPC and its applications to Robotic Systems
11:50-12:05 Mohammad Jafari (UC Santa Cruz) A Biologically-inspired Learning Approach to Control Multi-Agent Systems
12:05-12:20 Somil Bansal (UC Berkeley) Combining Optimal Control and Learning for Safe Visual Navigation in Novel Environments
12:20-1:30 Lunch with Keynote by Prof. Ben Recht The Merits of Models in Continuous Reinforcement Learning
Session #3: Theory and Algorithms
1:30-1:45 Sarah Dean (UC Berkeley) Safely Learning to Control the Constrained Linear Quadratic Regulator
1:45-2:00 Jairo Viola (UC Merced) MPC at the edge
2:00-2:15 Dawn Hustig-Schultz (UC Santa Cruz) Global and Robust Algorithms for Hybrid Optimization
2:15-2:30 He Yin (UC Berkeley) Sum-of-squares programming for reachability analysis
2:30-2:45 Kenneth Caluya (UC Santa Cruz) Gradient Flow Algorithms for Density Propagation in Stochastic Systems
2:45-3:00 Prasanth Kotaru (UC Berkeley) Extended Kalman Filter on the Unit Sphere
3:00-3:15 Short Break
3:15-4:00 Plenary Talk: Prof. Shankar Sastry Digital Transformation of Societal Scale Systems
4:00-4:55 Panel: The Academic Career - Panelists: Prof. Stefano Carpin, Prof. Marcella Gomez, Prof. Marco Pavone, and Prof. Claire Tomlin
4:55-5:00 Closing Remarks
5:00-6:00 Reception and Poster Session

Poster Presentations

Stephen Tu (UC Berkeley) The Gap Between Model-Based and Model-Free Methods on the Linear Quadratic Regulator: An Asymptotic Viewpoint
Stanley Smith (UC Berkeley) Approximate abstractions of control systems with an application to aggregation"
Mathilde Badoual (UC Berkeley) Hybrid (LQR/Model Free) Reinforcement Learning Algorithm with Stability Guarantees
Bertrand Travacca (UC Berkeley) Hopfield-like First Order Methods for Nonlinear Mixed Integer Programming
Tor Aksel N. Heirung (UC Berkeley) Contingency planning for fault tolerance in robust MPC
Megan Boivin (UC Santa Cruz) Movement Error Based Control for a Firm Touch of a Soft Somatosensitive Actuator
Kevin Mallon (UC Davis) Aging-Aware Energy Management in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Nathan Bucki (UC Berkeley) Design and Control of a Passively Morphing Quadcopter
Xiangyu Wu (UC Berkeley) Model-free Online Motion Adaptation for Optimal Range and Endurance of Multicopters
Mohamed Maghenem (UC Santa Cruz) Safe Hybrid Systems
Sylvia Herbert (UC Berkeley) Safety in Autonomous Systems with Humans in the Loop
Gang Chen (UC Davis) Co-design of Linear Systems with Spetral Logic Specifications
Joseph Steven Lorenzetti (Stanford) Reduced Order Model Predictive Control
Marcell Vazquez-Chanlatte (UC Berkeley) Learning and Teaching Specifications through Demonstrations
Carolyn Chen (UC Berkeley) Haptic Perception of Liquids Enclosed in Containers
Shromona Ghosh (UC Berkeley) SPEC: System Verification using Inaccurate Models


Directions: [Google Maps]; [Directions to Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley]; [Additional Information].

Parking lots: Closest paid parking lots are (i) Lower Hearst Garage, Level 2 pdf, [Google Maps] and (ii) Stadium Garage [Google Maps]. Additional campus parking lots are [here].

Food: Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be available for the workshop participants. A closing reception will be held in the evening.

WiFi: Calvisitor / eduroam


Event Logistics: Lorie Mariano (lorie@citris-uc.org); Program Info: Koushil Sreenath (koushils@berkeley.edu)