Prof. Romeo Ortega

IEEE Fellow, French scientist, Distinguished professor

Laboratoire de Signaux et Systemes (SUPELEC), France

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Brief Introduction: 

Romeo Ortega was born in Mexico. He obtained his BSc in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Mexico, Master of Engineering from Polytechnical Institute of Leningrad, USSR, and the Docteur D`Etat from the Politechnical Institute of Grenoble, France in 1974, 1978 and 1984, respectively. 

He then joined the National University of Mexico, where he worked until 1989. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois in 1987-88 and at the McGill University in 1991-1992, and a Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 1990-1991. He has been a member of the French National Researcher Council (CNRS) since June 1992. Currently he is in the Laboratoire de Signaux et Systemes (SUPELEC) in Paris. His research interests are in the fields of nonlinear and adaptive control, with special emphasis on applications.

Dr Ortega has published three books and more than 250 scientific papers in international journals, with an h-index of 63. He has supervised more than 30 PhD thesis. He is a Fellow Member of the IEEE since 1999. He has served as chairman in several IFAC and IEEE committees and participated in various editorial boards of international journals.


Keynote Speaker

Prof. Petros Ioannou

A.V. ‘BAL’ Chair Professor, Uuniversity of Southern California

Speech Title: Traffic Flow Control in a Connected Environment

Abstract: Self- Driving cars are attracting a lot of attention and excitement as they will impact driving comfort and safety as well as modify the current modes of transporting people and goods. Getting rid of the driver however will not necessarily reduce congestion whose main cause is the high volume of vehicles competing in space and time to reach destinations. Connectivity however and compliance to traffic management commands and traffic rules by vehicle autopilots will open the way for far better traffic flow control approaches with strong potential to improve capacity, manage congestion and incidents in a much more effective way.

In this talk we present several control techniques that can be used to control traffic in a connected environment where vehicles can communicate with the infrastructure. The control techniques involved combined lane change and variable speed control strategies which are analytically shown to effectively control congestion at bottlenecks. Microscopic simulations of traffic in a road network in Southern California near the ports of Los Angeles and Long beach are used to demonstrate the results and quantify the benefits of traffic control.

Brief Introduction:

Petros A. Ioannou  received the B.Sc. degree with First Class Honors from University College, London, England, in 1978 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, in 1980 and 1982, respectively. In 1982, Dr. Ioannou joined the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. He is currently a Professor in the same Department and holds the A.V. ‘Bal’ Balakrishnan Chair. He is the Director of the Center of Advanced Transportation Technologies and Associate Director for Research of METRANS, a University Transportation Center. He also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Ioannou was the recipient of the Outstanding Transactions Paper Award by the IEEE Control System Society in 1984 and the recipient of a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award for his research in Adaptive Control. In 2009 he received the IEEE ITSS Outstanding ITS Application Award and the  IET Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (former IEE). In 2012 he received the IEEE ITSS Outstanding ITS Research Award and in 2015 the 2016 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award. Dr. Ioannou is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of AAAS and the author/co-author of 8 books and over 400 research papers in the area of controls, vehicle dynamics and control and intelligent transportation systems.