Evening Lecture: Snapshot from the career of an instrument scientist; Jack of all trades Master of none
“Snapshot from the career of an instrument scientist; Jack of all trades Master of none”
Prof Sillas Hadjiloucas, University of Reading
The hallmark of our technological civilization is based on two fundamental disciplines: measurement and control; their application spans across all the physical sciences. I will discuss fundamental measurement modalities, with examples from optical fibre sensing, Terahertz sensing, acoustics and laser physics. I will then explain how we can develop feedback instrumentation, the necessity for absolute measurements traceable to national calibration standards, the use of system identification to measurement and control and the relevance of cybernetics for the analysis of systems using cyber-physical principles. I will also discuss the modelling of emergent phenomena with fractional-order calculus and the application of internal model control and adaptive control to force complex systems to observe calibrated dynamics. The future lies in the application of innovative measurement and control solutions to new areas: the environment, medicine and space.
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