Introduction

The Advanced Control and Network Technology (AC&NT) Research Unit specialises in advanced control theory and industrial control technology, which received grade 2.6 in RAE 2008 and grade 2.47 in REF 2014.

It has focussed its efforts on advanced research towards the creation of novel theory and technology for control systems for many years. In particular, the work on advanced control theory and its industrial applications is highly recognised internationally. This unit provides an excellent base for developing new control strategies for control systems, particularly, Internet based control systems and control technology of indutrial fuel cells.

We successfully organised two special sessions on networked control systems for UKACC (the United-Kingdom Automatic Control Council) International Conference on Control 2004 held in Bath in 2004 and invited sessions on design and analysis of networked control systems at the IFAC (the International Federation of Automatic Control) World Congress in 2005 and 2008, which is the largest international conference in automatic control.

We were invited to give a one-hour keynote speech on networked control systems at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control held in Arizona in USA. We were the general chair of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control held in London in 2007 and UKACC International Conference on Control 2012 held in Cardiff. An Internet Based Control System Lab and the Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering were established in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

Now, the unit, consisting of one professor, one reader, one principal lecturer and many researchers, has widespread expertise in both control theory and industrial applications.