The 32nd IASTED International Conference on
Modelling, Identification and Control
MIC 2013

February 11 – 13, 2013
Innsbruck, Austria


Bond Graph Modelling and Simulation

Prof. Wolfgang Borutzky
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Asst. Prof. Loucas S. Louca
University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Dr. Gregorio Romero
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain


This special session focuses on Bond Graph modelling techniques for dynamic systems.
Bond Graphs are a graphical modelling formalism that is particularly suited for the design of mechatronic systems, i.e., for engineering systems with mechanical, electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic components that include interactions of physical phenomena from various energy domains.
Beyond modelling and simulation Bond Graphs are also used for a fault diagnosis of engineering processes and systems and for a model-based design of their robust control. The Bond Graph
methodology is supported by some software programmes but can also be well used in conjunction with software not particulary designed to support the bond graph formalism.
The topics of this special session include (but are not limited to):
• Bond Graph Theory (e.g., for Analysis and Control, for Diagnosis, ... )
• Advanced Bond Graph Methodology
• Model synthesis, assembly, reduction and validation with Bond Graphs
• Bond Graphs and Block Diagrams
• Computer Graphics and Bond Graph Modeling
• Control Systems
• Mechatronic Systems
• Mechanical Systems and Robotics
• Electrical and Power Systems
• Process Engineering (Chemical, Fluid Power Systems ...)
• Software and Tools
• Industrial Applications of the Methodology
• Model applications include Automotive, Manufacturing, Transportation, MEMS, Aerospace, etc
All researchers, scientists and practitioners using bond graphs in some way are invited to present some part of their current work and to contribute to an exchange of experiences and ideas.
Original papers written in English and formatted according to the IASTED instructions are solicited for consideration on the basis of a full paper review.

Biographies of the Special Session Organizers

Special Session Organizer Portrait

Prof. Wolfgang Borutzky is a Professor of Modelling and Simulation of Engineering Systems. He has published extensively in major international conferences on Modelling and Simulation and in refereed scientific journals and is author of a monograph on Bond Graph Modelling. Since 1990 he has served on many international scientific conferences in Modelling and Simulation in various positions. In 2005 he was an Assistant General Chair of the European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (EMCS) in Riga, Latvia and was General Chair of the ECMS 2006 in Sankt Augustin, Germany. Additionally he has served as a Guest Editor of Special Journal Issues on Bond Graph Modelling. The latest one is Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2009 of the Journal "Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory" published by Elsevier.He has given invited lectures as well as short courses in industry on bond graph modelling. As to dissertations on bond graph modelling, Dr. Borutzky has served has an invited external member of PhD defense committees in France and in India.

Special Session Organizer Portrait

Loucas S. Louca received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1992. He then moved to the University of Michigan where he received his M.S.E. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998, both in Mechanical Engineering. During his graduate studies at the University of Michigan he received a Fulbright scholarship (Cyprus-America Scholarship Program). He continued to work in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Michigan as a Research Fellow until 2000 when he joined the research faculty of the Mechanical Engineering department as an Assistant Research Scientist. He was contacting research and advising students in the area of intelligent vehicle system dynamics and control within the Automotive Research Center at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the University of Cyprus in January 2004 and he is currently and Assistant Professor.
His research interests lie in the areas of system dynamics and control, bond graph theory, physical system modeling and model reduction of large scale systems, modeling of automotive systems, multi-¬body dynamics, computer aided modeling and simulation, and haptic interfaces and rehabilitation. He is the author of CAMBAS (Computer Aided Model Building Automation System), an automated modeling software that enables the rapid development of efficient models for linear systems and its used for the teaching of courses in modeling of dynamic systems.
He is an active member of the bond graph research community and organizes focused sessions at modeling related conferences. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the vice-¬chairman of the Modeling and Identification technical panel of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Special Session Organizer Portrait

Gregorio Romero received his Industrial Technical Engineering degree from the Comillas Pontifical University (ICAI) in 1996 and his Mechanical Engineering degree from the National Distance Education University (UNED) in 2000. After the analysis of ODE and DAE systems corresponding to multi-domain models he was awarded his PhD Degree by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2005. He now works as Associate Professor at this univeristy. Since 1997, he has worked mainly on simulation and modelling of multidisciplinary systems and the virtual reality area, developing his research activity in the Research Group in Railway Technology and Advanced Simulation (CITEF) and collaborating on European and National Research Projects, apart from works with private companies. He has been involved in different technical committees and has received three prizes associated with his research and education activity. At present he has edited and written some books and published more than 80 technical papers in different international journals, books and conferences.


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