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2022 8th International Conference on Control Science and Systems Engineering (ICCSSE)

July 14-16, 2022
Guangzhou, China
Session 3
Nonlinear Control of Smart Material based Actuators

Smart materials are responsive materials that possess adaptive capabilities to changes in external stimuli. Electrostrictive polymers, piezoelectric materials, electro-rheological and magneto-rheological fluids, shape memory alloys and magneto-strictive materials fall within this category. The field of smart materials has advanced rapidly due to an increasing awareness of their capabilities and numerous potential applications in various ectors, namely aerospace, aeronautic, industrial, automotive, biomedical, and micro and nano-systems. The smart materials are known to exhibit various degrees of hysteresis and nonlinear dynamics, which poses considerable challenges for the controller design. The accurate and efficient quantification of these effects form the primary requirements for controller design in order to exploit full capabilities of various materials. The primary purpose of this special session is to document the current state-of-the-art works on characterization of hysteresis effects, modeling techniques and corresponding control methods for smart materials through a collection of original and high-quality papers.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling for smart material based actuators (e.g. Dielectric Elastomers, piezo-electrics, shape memory alloys, magneto-rheological fluids, etc.)
  • Characterization of nonlinearities including hysteresis of different smart materials
  • Rate dependence of hysteresis – characterization and modeling techniques
  • Nonlinear control of smart material based actuators and sensors
  • Industrial applications of systems involving smart materials
  • Smart structures, active vibration control, active/passive damping, etc.


Wenjun Ye received the B.E. degree in both Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and Computer Application from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2012, and the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, Canada, in 2016, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree.
His current research interests include nonlinear control and intelligent control of smart material based actuators.

Chun-Yi Su received his Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from South China University of Technology in 1990. After a seven-year stint at the University of Victoria, he joined the Concordia University in 1998, where he is currently a Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering and holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Control. His research covers control theory and its applications to various mechanical systems, with a focus on control of systems involving hysteresis nonlinearities. He is the author or co-author of over 500 publications, which have appeared in journals, as book chapters and in conference proceedings. He has been identified as 2019 and 2020 Highly Cited Researchers from the Web of Science Group.
Dr. Su has served as Associate Editor for several journals, including IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and several other journals. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RA Society. He served for many conferences as an Organizing Committee Member, including the General Chairs and Program Chairs.

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