13th IFAC Workshop on Adaptive and Learning Control Systems - ALCOS 2019

Date: 04 - 06 December 2019
Location: Guildhall Winchester, Winchester, United Kingdom

The organising committee of the IFAC International Workshop on Adaptive and Learning Control Systems (ALCOS19) is very happy to welcome you to Winchester to meet colleagues from all over the world to disseminate the latest results across the general areas of adaptive and learning control from theory to algorithm development to applications. Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, a county in England and can trace its roots back to at least Roman times.  It is situated 60 miles (97 km) south-west of London and 13.6 miles (21.9 km) from Southampton.  The workshop is being organized by the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton and will be held in Winchester Guildhall in the centre of the city.

Author Information:

All regular papers, invited session proposals and invited session papers must be submitted electronically through the IFAC PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System: https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl.

Instructions and paper templates (LateX and Word) are available on the Author Guide page of the IFAC website: Author Guide - www.ifac-control.org/events/authors-guide.

The length of draft regular papers is limited to 8 pages and the length of final papers is limited to 6 pages.

Download templates for paper submission: LateX or Word.

All papers need to be prepared as compliant pdf files. PDF files will be limited to 2 MB in size. See section "PDF specifications" of the Author Guide page of the IFAC website: www.ifac-control.org/events/authors-guide.

Instructions on how to validate and upload pdf files are available on the ACA 2019 paper submission page on the IFAC PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System: https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl.

Young Author Award 

In order to stimulate the involvement of young scientists and engineers in IFAC, as well as to recognize top-level contributions of the younger generation in our field and to support their careers, IFAC will stimulate to have a Young Author Award at every IFAC symposium and conference.

The Young Author Award it is awarded for the best paper of which the first and presenting author has the PhD-student status at the time of paper submission and is the main contributor of the research results in the paper.

The nomination form can be downloaded form the IFAC homepage (https://www.ifac-control.org/events/young-author-event-award-nomination-form/view).

The winner as well as all finalists are provided with a certificate.

Submission/nomination procedure:

Nominations are solicited through Papercept after the submission of papers has been closed.
No self-nominations are allowed. Nominations are typically made by supervisors or reviewers.
An awards selection committee, appointed by the IPC chair, selects a number of finalists, on the basis of the nomination letters, the review reports, and the papers. Finalists are informed before the event.
The selection committee selects a winner out of the finalists, after having attended the presentation of the paper at the event.

Key Dates:

- Paper/invited session submission deadline: September 20th, 2019

- Decision notifications have been sent.

- Accepted papers due: November 12th, 2019


Adaptive and learning control are topics that have a long history that is very much evolving with time with significant new methods in analysis and design complemented with an ever increasing number of designs that have been experimentally validated on laboratory testbeds and also to implementation. Submissions are invited across these general areas and during the workshop there will be an opportunity to discuss the current and possible future impacts of machine learning and AI on adaptive and learning control.

Committees for IFAC ALCOS 2019

Main sponsor:
TC1.2: Adaptive Learning Systems
TC2.1: Control Design                         TC6.1: Chemical Process Control
TC2.2: Linear Control Systems                 TC6.3: Power and Energy Systems
TC2.3: Non-linear Control Systems                 TC7.1: Automotive Control
TC2.4: Optimal Control                 TC7.5: Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles
TC3.2: Computational Intelligence in Control         TC8.2: Biological and Medical Systems
TC4.2: Mechatronic Systems                 TC8.3: Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems
TC4.3: Robotics

Organizing Committee

General Chair: Eric Rogers, UK
IPC Chair: Douglas Bristow, USA
IPC co-chair: Fouad Giri, France
IPC co-chair: Ying Tan, Australia
Industry chair: Abdelkrim Benchaib, France

National Organizing Committee (NOC)

Eric Rogers (Chair)
Bing Chu (Editor)
Eric Kerrigan
Sanjay Sharma

International Program Committee (IPC)

Hassan El Fadil, Morocco                                        Henk Nijmeijer, Neitherlands
Osamu Kaneko, Japan                                                 Hyo-Sung Ahn, Korea
Kostas Tsakalis, USA                                             Wojciech Paszke, Poland
Alessandro Astolfi, UK                                                Marios Polycarpou, Cyprus
Alexander Fradkov, Russia                                        Miroslav Kristic, USA
Alexander Pogromski, Neitherlands                        Kevin Moore, USA
Tom Oomen, Neitherlands                                 Anton Pyrkin, Russia
Patrizio Tomei, Italy                                                 Anuradha Annaswamy, USA                                 
Beibei Ren, USA                                                        Baris Fidan, Canada                                                
Serigo Bittanti, Italy                                                     Simone Baldi, Neitherlands
Balázs Csáji, Hungary                                                  Tiago Roux Oliveira, Brazil
Denis Efimov, France                                                Youqing Wang, China                                                
Liuping Wang, Australia                                        Rebing Wu, China
Faycal Ikhouane, Spain                                        Yildiray Yildiz, Turkey                                                
Yoshihiko Miyasato, Japan                                         
Gildas Besancon, France                                        
Zhengtao Ding, UK                                                      
Simone Baldi, Neitherlands
Tarek Ahmed-Ali, France                                            Boris Andrievsky, Russia
Stanislav Aranovskiy, France                                      Juhoon Back, Korea
Petros Ioannou, USA                                                   Ivan Tyukin, UK
Steve Ulrich, Canada                                                   Hong Wang, USA
Qinghua Zhang, France

Copyright Conditions.

“All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (https://www.elsevier.com/authors/journal-authors/policies-and-ethics), and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (http://www.ifac-control.org/events/organizers-guide/PublicationEthicsGuidelines.pdf/view).

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com). To this end, the author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)’ institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC.” https://www.ifac-control.org/publications/copyright-conditions

Location and travel details

Guildhall Winchester, Winchester, United Kingdom

Only an hour away from London, 11 miles from Southampton Airport and a short walk from Winchester Train Station, the Guildhall boasts an attractive and convenient location in Winchester City Centre.

By Road
North & Midlands – M1, M42, M40, A34
London and South East – M25/M27, M3
South West – A303/M4, A34

There is a range of parking in Winchester inculding the four Park and Ride sities. People can choose from Pay and Display, Pay on Foot car parks, and now it is possible for people to pay for their parking by phone. There is more information on the Winchester City Council Website.

By Rail
London Waterloo (1 hour),Southampton Airport Parkway (15 minutes) and Bournemouth (45 minutes). Winchester Station is approximately a 15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride.

By Air
Southampton International, Bournemouth International, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports all have excellent rail and coach links to Winchester.

Sat Nav users – SO23 9GH

Hotel information: a number of hotels close to the conference venue can be found below:

Hotel Name Address Address Postcode Telephone No Website     No of Rooms     Distance from Guildhall 
Hotel du Vin Southgate Street Winchester SO23 9EF 01962 841 414 www.hotelduvin.com 24     8 mins 
Mercure Wessex Hotel Paternoster Row Winchester SO23 9LQ 01962 861 611 www.mercure.com 92     2 mins
The Winchester Hotel & Spa Worthy Lane Winchester SO23 7AB 01962 709 988 www.thewinchesterhotel.co.uk 96     18 mins 
The Winchester Royal Hotel St Peters Street Winchester SO23 8BS 01962 840 840  www.winchesterroyalhotel.com 81     7 mins
Travelodge Market Lane Winchester SO23 9AL 0871 984 6552 www.travelodge.co.uk 62     2 mins 
Premier Inn Easton Lane Winchester SO23 7RT 0871 527 9424 www.premierinn.com 101     17 mins 
Holiday Inn  Morn Hill Winchester SO21 1HZ 01962 670 700 www.hiwinchester.co.uk 141     47 mins (6 min drive) 
Lainston House Hotel Sparsholt Winchester SO21 2LT 01962 776 088 www.exclusive.co.uk 50     14 mins drive 
Norton Park Sutton Scotney Winchester SO21 3NB 01962 763 000 www.qhotels.co.uk 175     19 mins drive 
Marwell Hotel Colden Common Wincheser SO21 1JY 01962 777 681 www.marwellhotel.co.uk 67     17 mins drive 

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