Keith Glover received his BSc degree from Imperial College, London, and after two years in industry obtained a Kennedy Scholarship to study at MIT where he gained his PhD under the supervision of Jan Willems. His first faculty position was at the University of Southern California from which he moved back to the UK to a faculty position at the University of Cambridge where he has remained in the Department of Engineering. He served as head of this Department from 2002-09 and became emeritus professor in 2013.
His research has considered model reduction, robust control, H-infinity methods, with applications in flight control, and IC engine management system. His awards have included: IEEE CSS Axelby Prize(1990), Baker Prize (1991), FIEEE(1993), Technical Field Award (2001); Fellow of the Royal Society (1993); Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1999).
In the evolution of systems and control there has been an interesting interplay between the demands of new applications initiating the development of new methodologies and theories, and conversely theoretical or hardware developments enabling new applications. This talk will attempt to describe progress and interactions in this relationship. Also the role of design methodologies and theoretical results in the design of practical control systems will be discussed. Examples will be taken from flight control, automotive engine management together with some emerging areas.