A Full-Day Pre-Congress Workshop for 2017 IFAC World Congress

Iterative Learning Control and Repetitive Control: Theoretical Advances and Emerging Applications

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Toulouse, France



Iterative Learning control (ILC) and repetitive control (RC) are high performance tracking control design methods for systems operating in a periodic or repetitive manner. To achieve this they both adapt the control effort based on information collected from previous trials (periods). Compared to conventional control design approaches, ILC and RC potentially lead to significantly better performance even without accurate system model information. Originating from robotic research, ILC and RC have attracted intensive research effort and have proven to be extremely successful in achieving attractive system performance in a wide range of application domains, including manufacturing processes, mechanical testing equipment, chemical batch processes and next generation health care.

After more than 30 years, ILC and RC have progressed considerably in both theoretical research and its practical application. This workshop, together with an open invited track within the main conference, aims to provide an overview of the latest advances in ILC and RC and to create a forum for high quality discussion of both theoretical and practical perspectives. In particular, the workshop aims to:
  • Bring together results representing the dominant analysis and design paradigms, including internal model design, norm-optimal design, frequency domain design, and design for nonlinear systems
  • Address new theoretical challenges in ILC and RC, including robustness and flexibility to varying tasks, networked systems, etc.
  • Present new emerging and non-traditional applications
  • Discuss future challenges and opportunities in ILC and RC
The workshop also features a poster session providing a great opportunity for the participants to showcase their work both to the ILC/RC community, and to the broad audience.



  • Opening
    • 0900-0915: Introduction and Motivation
  • Session #1: Tutorial and state of the art (I)
    • 0915-1000: An Introduction to Repetitive Control, Iterative Learning Control and Discrete Repetitive Processes: Historical and Future Perspectives (Kevin Moore)  
    • 1000-1045: Iterative Learning Control: An Optimization Paradigm (David Owens)
  • break 1045 – 11:00
  • Session #2: Tutorial and state of the art (II)
    • 1100-1145: Frequency Domain ILC: Design Aspects, Flexibility to Varying Tasks, and Multivariable Systems (Tom Oomen)
    • 1145-1230: Iterative Learning Control for Nonlinear Systems Satisfying Local Lipschitz Continuity Conditions (Ying Tan)
  • Lunch 1230-1400
  • ​​Session #3: Emerging topics and applications (I)
    • 1400-1425: Spatial ILC for Applications in Additive Manufacturing (Kira Barton)
    • 1425-1450: ILC for Spatial Trajectory Tracking (Bing Chu)
    • 1450-1515: Next Generation Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology - the Challenges for  ILC and RC (Chris Freeman)
  • poster session & break 1515-1550
  • Session #4: Emerging topics and applications (II)
    • 1550-1615: ILC of Microfluidics (Deqing Huang)
    • 1615-1700: ILC from An Industrial Perspective (Mikael Norrlöf)
  • Open Discussion – Challenges and Opportunities 1700-1730
  • Closing
    • 1730: Concluding remarks
Poster Session:

The workshop features a poster session providing a great opportunity for the participants to showcase their work both to the ILC/RC community, and to the broad audience. Interested participants can bring A0 Size posters to the workshop - we will provide blu tack to put the poster on. For more information, please contact Dr Bing Chu (b.chu@soton.ac.uk) for more information.

Workshop Material:

All the workshop slides can be found in Dropbox following the link below


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