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International Journal of Automation and Logistics (2 papers in press)


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  • A new reference model-based fixed-structure controller for industrial applications   Order a copy of this article
    by Muhammad Zakwan, Muhammad Hamza Hashmi, Mukhtar Ali, Shakil Ahmed 
    Abstract: This paper introduces a new approach to design a fixed-structure controller for those industrial applications, where mathematical model of the plant is not known. The design methodology is composed of two steps. First, black-box system identification is used to obtain a mathematical model of plant and second, a fixed-structure controller is designed based on reference model defined by closed-loop performance. rnFor controller identification, prediction error method (PEM) is considered, which uses the off-line generated input-output inherently noise free data using the reference model. Due to fixed design structure, the controller is independent of plant's order. The proposed approach is tested on a lab-based real-time magnetic levitation system(MLS). The results show effectiveness of the proposed approach with good reference tracking and robustness properties. The proposed approach emerged a lower order controller which is computationally efficient and easy to implement. Compare to other data-driven techniques, inverse mapping of the reference model is not required and the performance versus design/tuning time comparison with conventional Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controller is also improved.
    Keywords: System Identification; Reference Model; Fixed-Structure Controller; Magnetic Levitation System.

Special Issue on: Sustainable Humanitarian Supply Chains

  • Humanitarian Supply Chain Management: A Systematic Review and Bibliometric Analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Pavitra Dhamija, Shivam Gupta, Surajit Bag, M.L. Gupta 
    Abstract: The concept of humanitarian operations sustains on the belief that people who are affected by disasters or any other type natural calamity or conflicts possess every right to be assisted and live a dignified life at par with the people leading a normal life. The numbers of disasters are increasing at large. This allows humanitarian supply chain management as one of the upcoming areas for research. This study has considered 241 published papers chosen from the last 10 years covering topics of humanitarian logistics, disaster management, humanitarian relief operations etc. The inferences have been drawn out by using bibliometric and network analysis to recognize top contributing authors, keyword search, and countries. The application of citation analysis through PageRank could deliver the most acceptable work in this area. Further, six clusters have been identified that shares current and future scope of humanitarian research in context of supply chain management.
    Keywords: Humanitarian supply chain; humanitarian logistics; disaster planning and response; bibliometric analysis; network analysis.