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This functional unit is composed by researchers of the group “Automatic Control, Robotics and Mechatronics (TEP197, arm.ual.es) of the University of Almería (UAL) and the Automatic Control Unit of the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA). The group has among its areas of interest: intensive agriculture, solar energy, biotechnology and bioengineering, in addition to control education, mechanization and robotics in general. Collaborative activities between the group and the PSA have been developing continuously over the past 20 years, with remarkable participation of UAL researchers in developing some of the SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system involved in test facilities located in the PSA. Following the experience gained in the ARFRISOL project, the group also has a research line linked to applications of control systems to achieve thermal, visual and air quality comfort and energy efficiency in buildings.
MAIN RESEARCH LINES:
Modeling and control of thermosolar plants.
Modeling, control and robotics in agriculture.
Energy efficiency and comfort control in buildings.
Modeling and control of photobioreactors.
Energy smart grids.
Predictive, hieratical and robust control.
Supervisory systems and industrial communications.
Manuel Berenguel Soria - Scopus Author ID 6701834872
He received the industrial engineering and Ph.D. (extraordinary doctorate award) degrees from the University of Seville, Seville, Spain. He is Full Professor of automatic control and systems engineering with the University of Almería, Almería, Spain. His research interests include control education and in predictive and hierarchical control, with applications to solar energy systems, agriculture, and biotechnology. He has been Vice-Rector of ICT at University of Almería (2007-2012) and is the head of the research group “Automatic Control, Robotics and Mechatronics” (http://arm.ual.es) from 2000. He has participated in more than 60 R&D projects and 30 contracts with companies. He is co-author of the books Advanced Control of Solar Plants (Springer, 1997), Control of Solar Energy Systems (Springer, 2012), Control Automático con Herramientas Interactivas (Pearson Education, 2012), Comfort Control in Buildings (Springer, 2014) and Modeling and Control of Greenhouse Crop Growth (Springer, 2014). He has been director and co-director of 14 PhD Thesis in these lines. He is co-author of 120 international journal papers, more than 150 papers in international conferences and 4 patents. H-index: 36 (Google Scholar), 27 (Scopus), 22 (Web of Science). He has participated in the International Program Committee of 8 international conferences (in one as IPC Chair) and 3 national conferences, where he has been chairman in many occasions. He is reviewer of more than 15 renowned international journals (more than 100 reviews) and from 2013 is adjoin-director of the journal Revista Iberoamericana de Automática e Informática Industrial (indexed in SCI). He has been member of the board of Governors of the Comité Español de Automática (main Spanish Association in Automatic Control) from 2003 to 2008 and 2012-2016, member of IEEE Control System Society from 2000 and member of the IFAC Technical Committees TC 8.01 Control in Agriculture, TC 6.3. Power and Energy Systems and TC 8.4 Biosystems and bioprocesses and member of the Coordination and management committee of the Mixed R&D Center CIESOL between the University of Almería and CIEMAT- Spanish Research Center in Energy, Environment and Technology (from 2005) and member of Scientific Committee of IMDEA Energy from 2015. He was the organizer of the XXVII Jornadas de Automática (the annual meeting of the Spanish Automatic Control Committee) in 2006.
He belongs to the MINECO Research Scientists body. He began his research activity in CIEMAT, in the Plataforma Solar de Almería center (PSA-CIEMAT) in 1999, developing a thesis on modeling and control of solar thermal plants, with specialization in object-oriented modeling activities of thermosolar plants with two-phase flow parabolic troughs. He has participated in research activities summarized in 35 research projects with public funding, 2 contracts with companies, creation of a spin-off, codirection of 4 PhD Theses, 26 journal publications in JCR, 72 contributions to conferences and 4 books. During some periods he has combined the research activity with the coordination of groups of technical services in PSA, as the Computing Service or the Industrial Informatics group, leading the Automatic Control group of PSA-CIEMAT from 2011 composed by 4 researchers. This activity was also combined with educational ones at the University of Almería within the Systems Engineering and Automatic Control area. He is also editor and reviewer of scientific journals in this area.