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  • May 12, 2016 -Thu

    Research Talk: Building a World-Class Research Group in Controls & Signal Processing in Pakistan

Date: 13th May, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: KICS Seminar Hall, UET Lahore

About the Talk:

Controls and Signal Processing Research (CASPR) Group (caspr.com.pk) at Capital University of Science & Technology is a dynamic and vibrant research group, working in the areas of control systems and radar signal processing. The group originated in CASE nearly ten years ago. Though, physically the group moved to Capital University, but CASPR concept is not confined to a single university. The group members belong to the various institutions of the region. The synergy present in the group has given rise to a long series of international publications, PhD graduates and research projects.The talk not only covers the accomplishments of the group, it also explains in detail various research initiatives taken by CASPR. It is satisfactorily observed that the genesis and growth of CASPR is an absolutely Pakistani phenomenon, on which Pakistanis can be proud of.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti received his Masters in Control Systems from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, in 1994. Later on he moved to Leicester University, from where he graduated with a PhD in Control Engineering in 1998. He worked on idle speed control of Ford Mondeo Engine for his PhD research. In addition he also applied nonlinear control to high temperature furnaces. After graduation, he continued his stay at Leicester University while doing postdoctoral research on the fault diagnostics and control of high powered diesel engines. This research was funded by Perkin Engines (later owned by Caterpillars) and Lucas Varity. In 1999 Dr. Bhatti returned to Pakistan and started working for aerospace industry, mainly working in the field of aerospace controls. During his tenure, he worked on Nonlinear Simulations of Air Vehicles, System Identification, and Controller Design for Aerospace Vehicles and also on Data Acquisition Experiments Design. He moved on to Enabling Technologies, Islamabad, in 2001. There he worked on the enhancements of Line Echo Cancellers used in VoIP. Later on, he led the team who indigenously designed a Radar Signal Processor. The processor was successfully tested. He was also Founding Head of Electrical Engineering Department at CASE. Currently he is Professor of DSP and Control Systems at Department of Electrical Engineering, Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, where he founded a 30 Member strong DSP and Control Systems Research (caspr.com.pk) Group in 2007. One of the main thrust of the group is in the controls and fault diagnostics of automotive engines. The group has indigenously developed Sliding Mode based Observers for the low cost parameter estimation and fault diagnostics in different applications such as engines, fuel cells and reactors. His group is also working on Modeling and control of underground Coal Gasification Process. His research interests lie in Robust Control Applications and Radar Signal Processing. He is the first author and co-author of more than 130 refereed international papers, including 35 I.F journal papers. He has also supervised 12Ph.D students.
He is the founding chair of IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), Pakistan Chapter. In 2014, the joint Lahore-Islamabad-Karachi Chapter was awarded the Outstanding Chapter award by IEEE-CSS at IEEE CDC in Los Angeles.