This book is concerned with Intelligent Control methods and applications. The field of intelligent control has been expanded very much during the recent years and a solid body of theoretical and practical results are now available. These results have been obtained through the synergetic fusion of concepts and techniques from a variety of fields such as automatic control, systems science, computer science, neurophysiology and operational research. Intelligent control systems have to perform anthropomorphic tasks fully autonomously or interactively with the human under known or unknown and uncertain environmental conditions. Therefore the basic components of any intelligent control system include cognition, perception, learning, sensing, planning, numeric and symbolic processing, fault detection/repair, reaction, and control action. These components must be linked in a systematic, synergetic and efficient way. Predecessors of intelligent control are adaptive control, self-organizing control, and learning control which are well documented in the literature. Typical application examples of intelligent controls are intelligent robotic systems, intelligent manufacturing systems, intelligent medical systems, and intelligent space teleoperators. Intelligent controllers must employ both quantitative and qualitative information and must be able to cope with severe temporal and spatial variations, in addition to the fundamental task of achieving the desired transient and steady-state performance. Of course the level of intelligence required in each particular application is a matter of discussion between the designers and users. The current literature on intelligent control is increasing, but the information is still available in a sparse and disorganized way.
The field of Intelligent Control has expanded rapidly in recent years with many theoretical and practical results that go beyond those of classical controls. br/ This book presents a collection of timely contributions that cover a well- selected range of topics within the field, including the latest issues of human-machine systems, linguistic communication systems, and automatic verification of intelligent control software. br/ The book contains eighteen chapters written by forty-four experts, and is divided into the following three parts: Part 1: Intelligent Control Surveys; Part 2: Intelligent Control Methods; Part 3: Intelligent Control Applications. br/ Part 1 contains four chapters providing general overviews of intelligent control, fuzzy and neural control, and their industrial applications. Part 2 presents a set of important methods with emphasis on neural, fuzzy and neurofuzzy control concepts and techniques. Finally, Part 3 deals with the application of intelligent control to robotic manipulators, automatic power generation control, manufacturing systems, and welding processes. br/ The book can serve as a reference volume for the researcher and practitioner in the field, and as a rich information source for the teacher and student in related postgraduate programs. Readers can thus save considerable time in searching the scattered literature in the field.