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19 June 2014

Archives and interviews

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 14:15pm - 15:45pm

Since the mid 1980s I have been researching the history of automatic control, predominantly in the German-speaking areas of Europe and in Russia and the former Soviet Union in the first half of the 20th century. I am now re-visiting and re-casting this work in a book planned for publication in summer 2015. This talk will present the major features of my work in this area, as well as some of the difficulties exhibited in this sort of research. Automatic control is a major element in what is often termed information engineering. It is an interdisciplinary field, combining mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical, and computer engineering. Its major achievement has been to develop a systems design approach relevant to all these disciplines and at all scales – from the control of CD-drives to aircraft or chemical process plant. The talk should thus be of interest to all areas of the MCT Faculty as well as to some colleagues in the Faculty of Science and the Department of History.

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Contact: mailto:paul.piwek@open.ac.uk