The aim of the conference

The aim of the conference is to support exchange of information and experience in the field of automation of engineering and production, in research, applications, and education. The conference will enable presentation of most recent advances in complex automation, robotics, modelling, control of production and technological processes, including quality control systems oriented to environment, means of support, and information technologies.

Scientific program

The scientific program of the ICCC´2016 conference is divided in ten main areas which will run in parallel:
  1. Measurement, sensors, monitoring and diagnostic systems.
  2. Identification, modeling, simulation of processes and systems.
  3. Theory and application of control systems.
  4. Automation, mechatronics, robotics.
  5. Intelligent embedded systems, instrumentation and Internet of things (IOT).
  6. Information systems (SCADA/HMI, GIS, MES) and their Internet support.
  7. Engineering application of informatics.
  8. Quality control systems (TQM), production management and industrial logistics.
  9. Engineering education in control and computer systems.
  10. Fractional calculus and its applications.
The official language of the conference is English.

Keynote lectures

Networks, Platoons and alike - The Prague Connection

Abstract: The next generation systems, already emerging here and there, will surely have a networked character. For these highly complex systems of subsystems behaving, re-acting and communicating in a distributed manner, toady’s centralized approaches are likely to fail. Instead, novel decentralized methods are expected.

In the lecture, recent results of the Networked Control Team at CzechTech, Prague are browsed through. On the way, some theoretical concepts are introduced, such as cooperative control, distributed feedback, consensus, synchronization and tracking, synchronizing region, scaling, string and harmonic stability, and wave-based approach. For the case of vehicular platooning to be used in the future automated highway systems, several practical control schemes are demonstrated including leader or predecessor following, bidirectional control and wave-absorbers. Nice videos and results from experimental racing slot cars platform are shown to illustrate the concepts and results.

Better Understanding Complexities via Fractional Calculus

Abstract: This lecture shares a new viewpoint that, using fractional calculus based tools, we are able to understand complexities better. We start with basics on power law signature of complexities and explain how power law is linked to fractional order dynamics in various contexts such as (anomalous) relaxation, autocorrelation, power spectrum, and probability density. We highlight heavy-tailedness and long range dependence in connection to extreme events. Our personal experience tells an unpleasant fact that “extreme events” are happening more and more often. What’s the governing law behind it? How we better understand the fact that extreme events are happening more and more often? Why this is linked to fractional order dynamics? These can be explained (fractionally) in this lecture. Finally, an interesting interpretation of Taoism and the fact that, fractional calculus way of thinking was perhaps already embedded in the text of Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching,” will be presented.

Future trends in IT - where we need to invest in research & development

Abstract: IT is in big expansion these days. IT penetrates almost all areas of our life - our personal life, our social interactions and entertainment, and our work. IT heavily penetrates all different businesses starting with retail through automotive, healthcare, banking, telco and utilities. There are few common areas for all of these verticals. We concentrate a lot of data and we don’t know what to do with this data. Big data science is one of the most important future trends. Predictive and behavior analyses plus neural network expertise are the most in demand. We have a lot of sensors everywhere and we need solutions that would actively react to signals from these sensors. IoT is another big trend. Young generation wants to do actions online, quickly and easily. It results in a new era in digitization of company’s front end. Lean design is critical for future IT applications. Gamification of applications is a new trend as well. HMI reached new level. Remote control by gestures, by voice, and by eyes. I will try to show some real case studies for the majority of these areas and I will summarize where we need to invest.