About the Author
Fayçal Ikhouane currently holds both a research and teaching post with the Control, Dynamics and Applications group at the Technical University of Catalunya, Spain. He has been in this job since 2002, after having been a visiting scholar at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and a lecturer and associate researcher with the Ecole Nationale d’Industrie Minérale and the Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs in Morocco. He also worked in industry as a control engineer at the Société des Ciments d’Agadir, Morocco. Dr Ikhouane is now conducting research on modelling, identification and control of mechanical systems and smart structures with nonlinearities such as hysteresis and friction, and is helping to set up a new research laboratory on these topics. He has co-authored around 10 journal papers and 20 papers and presentations at major conferences.
José Rodellar, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada III, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyers de Camins, Canalsi Ports, Campus Nord UPC, C2, 08034, Barcelona, Spain.
José Rodellar is currently a Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Catalunya, Spain. He has been at the university since 1976, and is now Director of the Control, Dynamics and Applications group, which carries out theoretical and applied research on modelling and control, with applications in structural control and smart structures. Previous to this, he has been visiting professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, at the State University of New York, Buffalo (USA), and visiting scholar at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Structural Control and Monitoring, has co-authored and edited five books, including Adaptive Predictive Control: From the Concepts to Plant Optimization (Prentice Hall, 1995), Smart Structures and NATO Workshop (Kluwer, 1998), and co-authored around 160 journal and conference papers.