Tuesday July 8th 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Professor Benoit Boulet, Director of the Industrial Automation Laboratory within the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines and Professor Vince Thomson, Werner Graupe Professor of Manufacturing Automation of the Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a $672,000 grant over four years by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada to establish a research program in advanced control of polymer forming processes. This research will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Robert DiRaddo's team at the NRC's Industrial Materials Institute (IMI) located in Boucherville, Québec. The total budget of this research program is estimated at 2M$.

Professor Boulet, who will be principal investigator and co-director of the program with Dr. DiRaddo, is enthused: "This exceptional contribution from NSERC and NRC will allow us to establish, in collaboration with IMI researchers, a world-class, cutting-edge research program in control of polymer forming processes, in particular thermoforming and blow moulding. We expect to see our research develop into advanced forming control technologies which will benefit our industrial partner Quality Thermoform & Packaging Co. of Etobicoke, Ontario and the Canadian plastics forming industry through improvements in parts quality, process efficiency, and scrap reduction." Dr. DiRaddo points out that the training aspect is important: "Our research program will permit the specialized training of highly qualified personnel for Canada’s manufacturing sector. This will help Canada maintain a competitive edge over other countries."

Tuesday July 8th 2003
IALab presented five papers at the 2003 American Control Conference, in June 2003 in Denver, CO. The first paper, which won the best session paper award, by B. Boulet, Y. Duan and H. Michalska, is entitled An LMI Approach to IMC-Based Robust Tunable Control , the second paper by B. Boulet, G. Lalli, M. Ajersch is entitled Modeling and Control of an Electric Arc Furnace, the third paper by S. L. Kukreja, J. Löfberg, B. Boulet is entitled A Numerical Study of Time-Domain Model Validation for Robust Control , the fourth paper by A. Haurani, H.H. Michalska, B. Boulet, is entitled Delay-Dependent Finite-Horizon Time-Varying Bounded Real Lemma for Uncertain Linear Neutral Systems , the fifth paper also by A. Haurani, H.H. Michalska, B. Boulet, is entitled Delay-Dependent Robust Stabilization of Uncertain Neutral Systems with Saturating Actuators.

Tuesday July 8th 2003
IALab presented a paper at the 2003 DCDIS Conference which took place in May 2003 in Guelph, Ontario. The paper written by B. Moore, B. Boulet, N. Aouf, P. Girard and R. DiRaddo is entitled Multivariable H-infinity Control of the Thermoforming Reheat Process

Tuesday July 8th 2003
We won the best conference poster award at the AUTO21 NCE scientific conference which took place on June 16-18 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The poster presented our research efforts on the control of noise in automobiles in collaboration with Patrice Masson of UdeSherb, Peter Kwan of Windsor, Samir Ziada of McMaster and Ash Parameswaran of Simon Fraser. The McGill portion of the poster was put together by M.Eng. student Jean-Gabriel Roumy and Ph.D. student Dany Dionne. Congrats!

Friday February 28th 2003
The AUTO21 NCE network has received renewed funding for the next two years. Our research efforts on active control of vibration-induced noise in automobiles led by Dany Dionne and Jean-Gabriel Roumy will therefore continue.

Friday February 28th 2003
Ph.D. student Yingxuan Duan had her baby, a healthy boy named Calogero, in September of 2002. Yingxuan is now on maternity leave, enjoying her new family life. We wish her lots of happiness.

Friday February 28th 2003
M.Eng. student Suet Yan (Jude) Deng successfully completed his thesis in December of 2002. Jude's thesis is entitled: "Linear and Nonlinear MIMO Control of an Industrial Mixing Process". Congratulations to Jude!

Friday February 28th 2003
M.Eng. student Ben Moore successfully completed his thesis in May of 2002. Ben's thesis is entitled: "In-Cycle Control of the Thermoforming Reheat Process". Congratulations to Ben!

Friday February 28th 2003
IALab presented three papers at the 2002 American Control Conference, in May of 2002 in Anchorage, AK. The first paper by N. Aouf, B. Boulet, R. Botez, is entitled A Gain Scheduling Approach for a Flexible Aircraft , the second paper by B. Moore, P. Girard, B. Boulet, R. DiRaddo is entitled In-cycle dynamics of forming operations, the third paper by B, Boulet, Y. Duan, H. Michalska is entitled Some Preliminary Results for IMC-Based Robust Tunable Control

Monday February 4th 2002
Nabil Aouf has succesfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on Friday January 25th . Well done Nabil!

Wednesday January 23rd 2002
Ph.D. student Nabil Aouf will defend his thesis on Friday January 25th 13:15-15:00 in the Howe seminar room. Nabil's thesis is entitled: "Robust Control Techniques for Aerospace Vehicles."

Wednesday January 23rd 2002
Well, I haven't had time to update these news for a while for a good reason and a most happy news: The birth of my son Emile Boulet in September 2001!

Friday March 30th 2001
The federal government has recently approved and agreed to provide 25M$ of funding for the new "AUTO 21" Network of Centres of Excellence on the automobile of the 21st century. Drs. Boulet and Michalska will be involved in the "Interior noise environment of future automobiles" project, working on active noise control.

Friday March 30th 2001
The paper Uncertainty models for modal parameters of flexible structures: A complex-rational to real-rational controller design strategy by N. Aouf and B. Boulet has been accepted for presentation at the 2001 AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, August 6-9, 2001 in Montreal.

Friday March 30th 2001
IALab members will present two papers at the 2001 American Control Conference, June 25-27, 2001 in Arlington, VA. The first paper by N. Aouf, B. Boulet and R. Botez is entitled Model and Controller Reduction for Flexible Aircraft Preserving Robust Performance and the second paper by A. Haurani, O. Taha, H. Michalska and B. Boulet is entitled Multivariable Control of a Paper Coloring Process: A Case Study.

Friday March 30th 2001
Professor Benoit Boulet, Director of IALab and Professor Vince Thomson, Werner Graupe Professor of Manufacturing Automation from Mechanical Engineering, are negotiating an important research agreement for a broad collaboration in advanced control of materials forming processes with Dr. Robert DiRaddo of the NRC's Industrial Materials Institute located in Boucherville. Details to come…

Thursday February 1st 2001
Upcoming Talk: Prof. Ravi Majumdar from Purdue University will be giving a talk entitled: "Heavy tails and long-range dependence in network traffic: myths and reality". His talk is scheduled for Friday February 2, 11:00-12:00 in CIM seminar room MC437. All are invited. See announcement for details.

Tuesday December 12th 2000
IALab research makes the cover page (back page) of the September issue of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal! The featured article authored by Nabil Aouf, Benoit Boulet and Ruxandra Botez deals with robust gust load alleviation for a flexible B-52 aircraft using mu-synthesis.

Thursday December 7th 2000
We have received the first few parts of our new Allen-Bradley OC1747 industrial controller. By January 2001 we should have a complete system in the lab.

Tuesday November 21st 2000
Upcoming Talk: Mr. Andre Noel from Hatch will be giving a talk
entitled: "Current industrial practices in process control". His talk is scheduled for Friday
November 24, 11:00-12:00 in CIM seminar room MC437. All are invited. See announcement for
details.

Wednesday November 8th 2000
Upcoming Talk: Isabelle Laroche from the Industrial Materials Institute of NRC will be giving a talk entitled: "Remote Site Diagnosis of Processing Problems". Her talk is scheduled for Friday November 10, 11:00-12:00 in CIM seminar room MC437. All are invited. See announcement for details.

Monday September 18th 2000
ECE undergrad student Patrick Sabourin has done an outstanding job this summer building the IALab's web site and putting together the hardware and software tools forming the core of IALab. His work was funded by an NSERC summer research fellowship which was well deserved. Patrick also designed the IALab's logo. Thanks a lot Patrick!

Monday August 7th 2000
M.Eng. student Suet Yang (Jude) Deng has just left to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to take a few courses for the Fall term. He will be back in January 2001.

Monday August 7th 2000
Ph.D. student Nabil Aouf just left for a 3-month research collaboration with Prof. Ian Postlethwaite's team at Leicester University in the UK. He will be working on a robust flight control research project for the Boeing 747 aircraft. But before, he will take a few weeks off visiting family and friends in Algeria. Nabil will be back in Montreal in November 2000.