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Automation and Control Trends

Edited by Pedro Ponce, Arturo Molina Gutierrez and Luis M. Ibarra, ISBN 978-953-51-2671-3, Print ISBN 978-953-51-2670-6, 200 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published October 12, 2016 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/61646
Edited Volume

This book is an overview of the different paths automation and control engineering have taken lately, from a modern point of view. Built up with example chapters, this book provides some insight into the use of artificial intelligence and control theory on manufacturing, comfort analysis, reliability of modern digital systems, and the use of unusual reference and feedback signals as those coming from the brain. Nonetheless, some chapters are also devoted to a more traditional point of view of control theory, addressing complex problems where human intervention must be limited. Overall, this book is an effort to show that modern automation and control engineering are comprised by many diverse areas, which should interact in order to provide a complete result. In this way, as the systems become more complex and the control objectives more subjective, both, formal analytic and intelligent approaches, should be seen as complementary tools, not unrelated competitors. This book's aim is precisely that of showing how broad and diverse the control objectives have become and how the abilities of the control engineer should be extended.