Panel Discussion: Glocal Control


August 20, 14:30-16:00


  • Shinji Hara (The University of Tokyo)
  • Jun-ichi Imura (Tokyo Institute of Technology)


The word "Glocal" is the combination of "Global" and "Local," and "Glocal Control" is a new research direction in control aiming at realization of global functions by just local actions.

The background and goal of the research direction are as follows: Recently, systems to be treated in various fields of engineering including control have became large, hierarchical, and complex, and more high level control such as adaptation against changes of environments for open systems is required. The typical example include analysis and control of meteorological phenomena and bio systems.

One of the distinguished features in such large scale dynamical systems is that our available actions of measurement and control are restricted locally although our main purpose is to achieve the desired global behaviors. This motivates us to develop a new research direction so called "Glocal Control," which means that the global purpose is achieved by only local actions of measurement and control together with prediction of global behaviors. The main goal is to develop a new control theory which can treat such large scale, complex, and hierarchical dynamical systems uniformly and provide systematic ways for designing decentralized cooperative control systems to realize desired global states.

The main purpose of the panel discussion is to have an occasion for exchanging some ideas for the new research direction "Glocal Control."


  • Graham Goodwin (University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • Roberto Tempo (IEIIT-CNR, Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Koichiro Deguchi (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Keiko Takahashi (JAMSTEC, Japan)
  • Shinji Hara (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

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