Featured Opening Plenary Talk and Reception
ACC 2016 is proud
to present a Special Opening Lecture by Jack Little, cofounder and
president of MathWorks. The lecture will be immediately followed by
the Opening Reception, generously sponsored by MathWorks.
Accelerating the Pace Toward Smarter Controlled Systems
Tuesday, July 5,
Location: Salon E
years ago, computer-aided control system design involved an exclusive
community of engineers, typically in top research labs or large
companies, running esoteric codes on timeshared minicomputers to
design and analyze control algorithms, often for expensive systems
produced in low volumes. Today, computer-aided control system design
has grown into Model-Based Design, encompassing not only system
analysis and algorithm design, but also implementation through code
generation, plus verification and validation on both models and
embedded code. It is used in every industry that creates today’s smart
systems – aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, medical
devices, robotics, energy, and many more – not only for the controls
but integrating computer vision, communication, and machine learning.
In this talk, Jack Little reviews the evolution of control design
tools, and the corresponding changes in controls education and
research. Jack then looks forward to the future of Model-Based Design
and how it is addressing the next generation of control engineers:
researchers and developers working on challenges such as
cyber-physical systems and distributed systems, but also students and
makers taking advantage of easy-to-use software with low-cost hardware
– everyone building the smarter controlled systems of the future.
president and cofounder of MathWorks. He was a coauthor and principal
architect of early versions of the company's flagship MATLAB product
as well as Signal Processing
Toolbox and Control System Toolbox.
Jack holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer
science from MIT (1978) and an M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford
A Fellow of the IEEE and Trustee of the
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, he writes and speaks
about technical computing, Model-Based Design, entrepreneurship, and
software industry issues.