Institute of Automatic Control Łódź, November 22-24, 2023
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Special sessions

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1. "Future trends of development of power electronics and electric drive automation. What will be discussed at SENE in 6-10 years?"

Organizers: The Program Committee

When we plan our future work, we all wonder how the development trends of the research area we are interested in will shape. What will be the future needs of applications, what hardware capabilities, what 'scientific fashions'? We rarely talk about it, and it would be worth sharing opinions on this subject on the occasion of SENE's 30th anniversary. The scientific committee asked distinguished scientists from a generation that will undoubtedly be active in 10 years for the production of leading voices in the discussion, illustrated with text and graphics. We propose that the leading, but not the only, topics in the discussion should be:

  • Artificial intelligence in diagnostics, design and control.
  • New materials in power electronics and construction of electrical machines.
  • The future of electromobility.
  • New, intelligent power electronic devices.
  • Social expectations towards energy conversion systems.
  • Financing and education in the field of power electronics and drive automation.
  • The role and competitiveness of spin-off companies.

Professor Krzysztof Szabat kindly agreed to coordinate the speeches.

We invite everyone who would like to share their opinions on the prospects and directions of development of power electronics and electric drives to send materials in the form of Short papers – late-breaking results and we ask you to spontaneously participate in the discussion. We plan to edit the submitted materials under joint authorship and publish them.

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2. "Applications of mathematical nonlinear control theory"

Organized by prof. Jacek Kabziński (
and Witold Respondek (

Recent years have brought intensive development of the mathematical theory of non-linear control, mainly (though not exclusively) in the field of

  • geometrical methods of linearization of nonlinear systems via static or dynamic feedback
  • Lyapunov-theory-based nonlinear control (control-Lyapunov-function-based controllers, backstepping and adaptive backstepping, nonlinear model-following control, adaptive nonlinear control),
  • sliding-mode control,
  • passivity-based control (PBC),
  • nonlinear model predictive control (MPC),
  • control based on nonlinear fuzzy and/or neural modelling,
  • nonlinear observers and adaptive observers,
  • optimal control or guaranteed-cost control.

Each of these approaches is subject to specific assumptions and limitations that are not always met in real objects and control systems. Nevertheless, practical applications of non-linear control theory are becoming more and more common and concern various areas of engineering.

The session is devoted to the presentation of applications of the mathematical theory of non-linear control, primarily (though not exclusively) in the areas of:

  • electric drive automation,
  • motion control,
  • robotics,
  • automotive applications,
  • control of energy conversion systems,
  • power electronic converters,
  • industrial automation.

We invite you to present successful applications of non-linear control methods, but also to present papers critically assessing the impact of factors occurring in real control systems on the possibility of applying the theory of non-linear control in practice.

The invitation to contribute to the session is addressed to regular participants of the SENE conferences, specialists in the field of electric drive, power electronics and energy conversion systems, as well as to researchers dealing with the theory of non-linear control who would like to comment on achievements of this theory in the context of applications.

Please, submit papers in accordance with the general rules of the SENE conference. The conference does not require the transfer of copyright. The organizers of the session will endeavour to propose the publication of extended conference papers in leading scientific journals in the field of theory and applications of non-linear control.

Witold Respondek received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences in 1981. He has had positions at the Warsaw University of Technology and at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1994-2022 he was a professor of applied mathematics at the Normandie University, INSA de Rouen, France, and since 2022 he has been a professor at the Institute of Automatic Control, Lodz University of Technology. General areas of his scientific interest are geometric methods in systems and control theory as well as geometric methods in differential equations. His research papers have been devoted to problems of linearization of nonlinear control systems, nonlinear observers, classification of control systems and vector distributions, dynamic feedback, applications of high gain feedback to nonlinear systems, and systems invariant on cones. Recently he has been working on mechanical control systems and on flatness and its applications, with particular emphasis on systems with nonholonomic constraints, and on geometry of optimal control problems. He has been an associated editor of SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Applicationes Mathematicae, Central European Journal of Mathematics, Journal of Geometric Mechanics, and Archives of Control Sciences.

Jacek Kabziński was appointed as a professor at the Institute of Automatic Control, Lodz University of Technology, in 1995, and is currently the head of the Control Theory Division. He has been serving as a committee member for numerous international conferences and as the editor and a reviewer for many scientific journals, including IEEE Transactions, ISA Transactions, and Mathematical Reviews. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and a senior member of the IEEE. He had been the chair of the IEEE Control Systems Society, Polish Chapter, for two terms. His current research interests are in the theory of robust and adaptive control, as well as artificial intelligence methods for modelling, control, and smart computing. He is interested in industrial applications of those methods, mostly in mechanical and electrical engineering, with a special interest in electric drive controllers.

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3. "30 years of the SENE conference - the development of Polish scientific schools in the field of power electronics and electric drives"

Organized by The Program Committee

Several research teams have been involved in the work of SENE from the very beginning. They developed together with SENE and still maintain the status of the leading, most numerous and most active in the field of power electronics and electric drive, fully deserving the name of scientific schools.

We invite everyone willing to share information, opinions, comments on the development of Polish scientific schools in the field of power electronics and electric drives to submit their presentations at the session. We anticipate that the submitted materials will be edited under common authorship and published as a testimony to a certain stage of science development.

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4. "Innovative methods and tools in education in the field of power electronics and electric drives for the needs of the high-tech industry" - special didactic session

Organized by prof. Mariusz Stępień – Politechnika Śląska

The special session is devoted to didactic aspects in the area of power electronics and electric drives. Many universities in Poland and around the world are developing new methods, ways and tools of education. Among the teaching methods, the most frequently used and improved are tutoring and coaching, PBL education, initiatives of student clubs, in particular interdisciplinary ones, international education, including under the Erasmus+, NAWA, DAAD and other projects, and education in the form of intensive courses and schools that require new innovative curricula. New teaching tools include, in particular, a new laboratory base, including adapted to remote learning, education based on virtual and augmented reality, digitization of teaching tools and materials, including tools for informal education, and other projects supporting the workshop of an academic teacher.

We invite you to present new methods and teaching tools supporting the effective education of a modern engineer for the market of new technologies at all levels of education - from first-cycle studies, through master's studies, to doctoral studies. As part of the session, other didactic and educational aspects, not mentioned above, related to the subject of the conference may also be presented, in particular those that indicate the connection between research and didactics and affect the promotion and quality of education. Please send papers in accordance with the general rules of SENE, in both accepted categories (Regular papers and Short papers – late-breaking results).

The Organizer and the Program Committee will make every effort to publish post-conference articles in one of the scientific journals, in a special section devoted to didactics.

Prof. Mariusz Stępień has been associated with the Silesian University of Technology since 1994. In 2006 he was employed as an assistant professor, and in 2019 as a university professor. He conducts research in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, high-frequency transformation, modeling of the properties of inductive components and resistance welding processes. He participated in the implementation of several research projects, including 3 as a leader. An important area of his activity is the implementation of international didactic projects of the Erasmus+ strategic partnership, under which various didactic initiatives and innovative didactic tools are developed. He is a member of the SEP, the IEEE Senior Member and a member of the PEMC Council.

Updated: 8.05.2023