He ‘Automatics, Robotics and Mechatronics’ Research Group of the University of Almería consolidates its great weight in the National Automation Conference, by winning two awards from undergraduate and master students, as well as several finalist positions, in turn providing speakers at high-level tables and presenting the international initiative ‘Girls in Control’ .
The XLIV National Automatic Conference, held in Zaragoza, from the 6th to the 8th of this month of September, has allowed this UAL research group to win the first CIRCE prize in the Control Engineering Contest in the Undergraduate Students category. Two students from the Degree in Industrial and Automatic Electronic Engineering have achieved it, Carmen Sánchez and Lidia Martínez, who have attended the conference with the sponsorship of the Higher School of Engineering. They have received the award from a representative of the Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption, which gives its name to the award.
Also as another demonstration of the continuity of recognition to the University of Almería in this important event, for the second consecutive year Malena Caparroz and Fernando Cañadasboth students of the Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the UAL, have won the second place in the Master’s Students category. This year’s competition consisted of the development of a control system for a high-power wind turbine.
Several finalist positions can be added. On the one hand, those of two more groups of students who have been tutored by professors from the Systems Engineering and Automation Area of the University of Almería. On the other hand, in the field of thematic groups, those of two works of ‘Automatics, Robotics and Mechatronics’ related to solar energy. In the Control Engineering thematic group, the work has been presented by Juan Diego Gil, while in the Modeling, Simulation and Optimization thematic group, by Juan Miguel Serrano. This second work is the result of collaboration with researchers from the Almería Solar Platform.
Regarding scientific contributions to the content of the conference, Professor José Luis Guzmán has been a speaker in an interesting round table on “the new international standard of the PID controller in industry 5.0”. Guzmán will also be responsible for the most important international event on this type of control systems, which is organized by the International Federation of Automatic Control. It will be held at the University of Almería from June 12 to 14, 2024, and all the information about it can be found in the link
For their part, María del Mar Castilla and Ángeles Hoyo have presented the ‘Girls in Control’ initiative, which is being promoted internationally to attract female talent to STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Finally, Manuel Berenguel, director of the ARM Research Group, in his capacity as executive director of the Ibero-American Journal of Automation and Industrial Informatics of the Spanish Automation Committee, has presented an award to researchers from the Polytechnic of Catalonia as authors of the most cited work in said magazine.