Spiking control systems, nonlinear control, neuroscience and optimization – Rodolphe Sepulchre

Our guest in this episode is Rodolphe Sepulchre, Professor of Engineering at KU Leuven in the Deparment of Electrical Engineering (STADIUS) and at the University of Cambridge in the Deparment of Engineering (Control Group). We dive into Rodophe’s scientific journey across nonlinear control, neuroscience and optimization on manifolds through the unifying lens of control theory.

– 00:00 – Intro
– 03:54 – Why control?
– 11:08 – Spiking control systems
– 20:47 – The mixed feedback principle
– 23:52 – On thermodynamics
– 25:17 – Event-based systems
– 29:33 – On dissipativity theory
– 48:00 – Stability, positivity and monotonicity
– 55:00 – Control, cybernetics and neuroscience
– 59:10 – Neuromorphic control principles
– 01:00:01 – Optimization on manifolds
– 01:05:01 – Influential figures
– 01:08:52 – On the future of control
– 01:12:35 – Advice to future students
– 01:15:01 – About creativity
– 01:20:35 – Outro

Episode links
– Rodolphe’s lab: https://tinyurl.com/yc4bubyy
– IEEE CSM editorials: https://tinyurl.com/2bhch6w3
– Spiking control systems: https://tinyurl.com/3x6pwm9m
– O. Pamuk: https://tinyurl.com/4akzyk37
– Event based control: https://tinyurl.com/5apuh5kw
– A simple neuron servo: https://tinyurl.com/4pjnkx5u
– C. Mead: https://tinyurl.com/mr29xta9
– L. Chua: https://tinyurl.com/5n935ssp
– Inventing the negative feedback amplifier: https://tinyurl.com/4573rv2d
– Hodgkin-Huxley model: https://tinyurl.com/mr46cv79
– R. Ashby: https://tinyurl.com/45jrp6hw
– G. J. Minty: https://tinyurl.com/4u4v22ue
– J. C. Willems: https://tinyurl.com/3zthcxc2
– P. Kokotovic: https://tinyurl.com/mrymffch
– Wholeness and the Implicate Order: https://tinyurl.com/yckpnybp

Podcast info
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Acknowledgments and sponsors
This episode was supported by the National Centre of Competence in Research on «Dependable, ubiquitous automation» and the IFAC Activity fund. The podcast benefits from the help of an incredibly talented and passionate team. Special thanks to B. Seward, E. Cahard, F. Banis, F. Dörfler, J. Lygeros, as well as the ETH and mirrorlake studios. Music was composed by A New Element.

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