2011 Workshop on Open Problems and Challenges in Automotive Control

The “2011 Workshop on Open Problems and Challenges in Automotive Control” is the 3rd biyearly workshop organized by the IEEE Control Systems Society TC on Automotive Control.

It will be held immediately before the American Control Conference on June 28th 2011 at Berkeley, CA, USA, in order to benefit from the international and multi-disciplinary participation garnered by the conference.

The one day workshop will feature distinguished speakers from the automotive industry and academia who will discuss salient automotive control problems currently confronting practitioners and researchers. The topics covered will include energy efficient and green cars, autonomous cars, drivers’ behavior, system wide design and communication challenges, engine technologies, onboard diagnostics, and car to car communication.


The one day workshop will have eight presentations, with breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks included as a part of the program to encourage continuing discussions and networking. The workshop aims to provide an informal venue to discuss system/control challenges that are common between OEMS, to facilitate exchange of ideas between industry and academia and subsequent synergies in research efforts. Our distinguished keynote speakers will be discussing about:

- Drivers cognition and perception
- Autonomous cars: from control design to market safety requirements
- Electric vehicles and the interaction with the grid
- The next generation of green cars
- Software tools for automatic model-based control design, verification and diagnostics.
- Car to Car/Environment communication and its legislation.

The registration is FREE but the number of seats are limited.

Please register ASAP by sending an email to
Theresa Lin (tlin051@berkeley.edu) with your contact information.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
On behalf of the IEEE TCAC
Francesco Borrelli


  •  8:00 – 9:00          Registration and refreshments

  • 9:00 - 9:10          Francesco Borrelli (Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley)
              • Introduction
  • 9:10 – 9:55          Cliff Nass (Professor, Stanford University)
              • Partially Intelligent Automobiles: The Problems and Opportunities
  • 10:00 – 10:45        Erik Coelingh (Volvo Car Corporation)
              • Control Problems in Automotive Collision Avoidance and Autonomous Driving Support

  • 10:50 – 11:10        Coffee break
  • 11:10 – 11:55        Jim Misener (Booz | Allen | Hamilton)
              • Controlling the Future: Converging Needs, Technologies and Institutions to Usher the Next Generation of Automotive Control Research
  • 12:00 – 12:45        Ilya Kolmanovsky (Professor, University of Michigan)
              • Control Problems for Automotive and Aerospace Engines: Are There Synergies?

  • 12:50 – 13:40        Lunch
  • 14:10 – 14:55        Ken Butts (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America)
              • Verification and Validation of In-Vehicle Control Systems: Improving Development Productivity
  • 15:00 – 15:45        Frank Willems (Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology)
              • Integrated Powertrain Control: Towards On-road Energy & Emission Management

  • 15:50 – 16:10        Coffee break
  • 16:10 – 16:55        Eric Tseng (Ford Research Center, MI, USA)
              • Vehicle Interactive Controls - with Driver
  • 17:00 – 17:45        Ryan Roecker (Powertrain Control Section, Southwest Research Institute)
              • Actuator Saturation Challenges and Solutions in Active Air and EGR Management

Latest Information

07/02/11: Added Presentations

06/22/11: Modified Workshop Program

04/12/11: Added Accommodation