The Third International federation of automatic control (IFAC) International conference of advances in control & optimization of dynamical systems ACODS was organized by DRDO in collaboration with ACDOS, the national member organization of IFAC at Hyderabad on February 18, 2018. Dr S Christopher, Chairman DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems, Prof Frank Allgower, IFAC President, Dr BN Suresh, President Indian National Academy of Engineering, Shri MSR Prasad, Director DRDL, Dr Tessy Thomas, Director ASL, Shri BHVS Narayana Murthy, Director RCI, Prof Ramkalyan Ayyagari, President ACDOS, India alongwith other eminent academicians, scientists, industry partners were present during the inaugural session of the event. More than 500 students, engineers, academicians and industry representatives are participating in the International Conference.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Christopher said, "Control and Guidance technologies are most crucial technologies that find widespread applications in both Civil as well as Defence sectors. Over the years, the developments in the areas of Control, Guidance and Dynamical Systems have brought in paradigm shift in Defence R&D capabilities of our country. Futuristic weapon systems will be smart, intelligent, complex and technologically advanced. For example, Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft of ADA, DRDO is a longitudinally unstable airframe and any disturbance of even a smaller magnitude will rapidly magnify in very short time. Hence, it becomes difficult for any pilot to control the vehicle but our home grown Tejas has the finest handling capability making it a state-of-the-art system providing stability even under extreme unstable conditions. As a matter of fact, Tejas has got rules based Artificial Intelligence (AI) incorporated into its FCS. To add additional features and capabilities, continuous R&D is going on in the AI area. He emphasized that the control systems have wide applications varying from Aircraft, Submarines to the Missiles. To meet the requirements of several Aerospace and Defence programmes of national significance, we have to take the lead and develop innovative guidance schemes and control algorithms.
Dr Satheesh Reddy said, "Synergetic efforts of R&D institutes, Academia and Industries have enabled our country to achieve self-reliance on many technological fronts. Technologies have been evolving quickly and we need to focus on smart, adaptive and learning systems to make our Aerospace vehicles cost effective and state-of-the-art. Integrated, miniaturized avionics and smart sensors will be the backbone for futuristic Aerospace and Defence Systems. We need to establish necessary infrastructure, pool resources to provide highly accurate and effective algorithms for control and guidance to take the aerospace vehicles like fighter aircrafts, missiles and launch vehicles into the next generation systems."
Prof Frank Allgower, President, IFAC Austria (Stuttgart University, Germany) in his address highlighted the activities of the IFAC and complimented the efforts of ACDOS, India in this direction. Prof Ramkalyan Ayyagari, President, ACDOS India (NIT, Trichy) said that it has been a continuous endeavour of the society to nurture the controls community in our country to align it with the international standards.
Dr NV Kadam and Shri SK Ray, former senior scientists with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex were felicitated for their phenomenal lifetime contributions in the field of Control and Guidance. Many globally renowned Control and Guidance experts including Dr PK Menon, Chairman & CEO, Chief Scientist, Optimal Systhesis Inc, Prof Reza Moheimani, University of Texas, Prof Sarah Spurgeon, University College of London, Prof Min-Jea Tahk, Korea Advanced Institute of S&T will be delivering Plenary and Invited talks during the International Conference.