The 9th Harry Nicholson Lecture in Control Engineering


Wednesday 23rd May 2018
3pm-5pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Sir Henry Stephenson Building

The annual Harry Nicholson Lecture in Control Engineering will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 in Lecture Theatre 01 of the Sir Henry Stephenson Building.

We are welcoming members of the university to join us for a discussion on Cooperative Road Freight Transport: Opportunities and Challenges in Networked Control by Professor Karl H. Johansson, Director of the Stockholm Strategic Research Area ICT The Next Generation and Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The lecture will run 3-4pm and guest will have to opportunity to join us for a drinks reception afterward.

Abstract: Freight transportation is of utmost importance for our society. Road transport accounts for about 26% of all energy consumption and 18% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

Despite this influence, road goods transportation is mainly done by individual long-haulage trucks with no real-time coordination or global optimisation. In this talk, we will discuss how modern information and communication technology supports a cyber-physical transportation system architecture with an integrated logistic system coordinating fleets of trucks travelling together in vehicle platoons. From the reduced air drag, platooning trucks travelling close together can save more than 10% of their fuel consumption.

Control and estimation problems on various level of this transportation system will be presented. It will be argued that a system architecture utilising vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication enable robust and safe control of individual trucks as well as optimised vehicle fleet collaborations and new market opportunities. Extensive experiments done on European highways will illustrate system performance and safety requirements.

The presentation will be based on joint work over the last ten years with collaborators at KTH and at the truck manufacturer Scania.

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