Lunch Sessions Program
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Panel session - Industry Jobs in Control
Chairs: Alessandro Beghi & Federica Garin
Specially tailored for Ph.D. students and young post-docs, this panel session will help them discover the large potential of job opportunities in companies. Immersed in the academic world, Ph.D. students can usually get a precise picture of academic jobs, but often have a very limited view of R&D outside academia. Three panelists (F. Jadot, Schneider Electric; R. Plana, Alstom; J. Boada Bauxell, Airbus) will provide an insider's perspective about R&D careers in some major European companies, while R. Frezza from M31 will share his experience about startups.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tools and Methods for Control Education
Sebastián Dormido-- Departamento de Informática y Automática. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid.
Chairs: Michel de Mathelin & Eric Ostertag
The scenario for control education is changing and we must adapt to the new situation. Information technology opens a whole new world of real opportunities. Computers show a great potential to enhance student achievement, but only if they are used appropriately as part of a coherent education approach. Computers do not change in the way books or labs do -they allow us to go deeper and faster. This talk will describe the personal experience of the author in the use of interactive tools in order to make students more active and involved in their own control learning process. Some examples, with different degrees of complexity, have been selected in order to show how we can use the control visualization concept in a new family of interactive tools for control education.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Harassing with Numbers: the Uses and Abuses of Bureaucracy and Bibliometry
Giuseppe De Nicolao - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione, University of Pavia
Chairs: Edouard Laroche & Federica Garin
Quantitative measures of academic performance are playing an ever more important role in every day’s academic life. Numerical indicators are key ingredients of the "reputation race" exemplified by rankings of institutions, journals and researchers. In an era of budget cuts, institutions and individuals must also resort to quantitative indicators in order to prove "accountable" and justify their cost to the public. This may involve an excessive increase of bureaucratic burdens to the point of harming the overall efficiency of teaching and research. Moreover, the question arises whether scientific productivity of scholars can be quantitatively and accurately measured by means of individual bibliometry. In some countries, there is a clear trend towards the normative adoption of bibliometric indicators at all levels, ranging from national research assessments to decisions regarding individuals, such as hiring and promotion. Is this feasible? What are the caveats and ethical risks? What has the scientometric literature to say and what are the international experiences? After the fall of ebony towers are we doomed to a bureaucratic and bibliometric deluge?