Dr Aline Maalouf

I am a control engineering theorist and experimentalist working in the area of quantum control, robust control, optimal control, model predictive control and sensor validation. I am also an electrical engineer specialising in power generation, electrical installation and electrical machines. I banked my research experience from Cambridge University, Oxford University and the University of New South Wales. I have published more than fifty papers in professional journals and conferences. I received awards and recognitions for my research.

I received the PhD degree in control engineering from the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Academy, Australia in 2011. Also, I hold an Mphil degree in Control Engineering from Cambridge University in UK. I received my BSc. and MSc. in Electrical engineering  from Balamand University, Lebanon
 
I was a research associate at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Academy from 2011 till 2014. I was a visiting research fellow at Balamand university till 2017. I am currently, a research associate and a lecturer at the Australian National University.

 

Quantum control, optimal control, robust control, stochastic control, power control, sensor validation.

Refereed Journals
 

 1- Aline I. Maalouf: The Derivation and Validation of the Practical Operating Equation
for Electromagnetic Flowmeter’s: Case of having an electrolytic conductor flowing through, IEEE Sensors Journal, v.6, issue 1, p.89-96, February 2006.

2- Aline I. Maalouf: A Validated Model for the Electromagnetic Flowmeter’s Measuring Cell: Case of having an electrolytic conductor flowing through, IEEE Sensors Journal, v.6, issue 3, p. 623-630, June 2006.

3-Aline I. Maalouf: A validated model for the zero drift due to transformer signal in electromagnetic flowmeter operating with electrolytic conductors, IEEE Sensors Journal, v.6, issue 6,  p.1502-1510, December 2006.

4-Aline I. Maalouf: A validated model for the zero drift due to eddy currents in electromagnetic flowmeter operating with electrolytic conductors, IEEE Sensors Journal, v.7, issue 11,  p.497-1505November 2007.

5-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Bounded Real Properties for a Class of Annihilation Operator Linear Quantum Systems, IEEE transactions on Automatic Control, v.56, issue 3, p. 786-801, April 2011.

6-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Coherent H infinity Control for a Class of Annihilation Operator Linear Quantum Systems, IEEE transactions on Automatic Control, v.56, issue 2, p. 309-319, February 2011.

7-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Sampled-data LQG control for a class of linear quantum Systems, Systems and Control Letters, v.61, issue 2, p. 369-374, February 2012.

8-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Time-varying H infinity Control for a class of linear quantum systems: a dynamic game approach, Automatica, v.48, issue 11, p.2908-2916, November 2012.

9- Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. PetersenFinite Horizon H infinity: Control for a Class of Linear Quantum Measurement Delayed Systems: A  dynamic game approach, SIAM JOURNAL ON CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION, v.52, issue 3, p. 1787–1808,  May 2014.

10-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen:  Finite Horizon H infinity Control for a Class of Sampled-Data Linear Quantum Systems,  International Journal of Robust and Nonliear Control, v.27, issue 13, pages 2292-2302.

 

Refereed Conferences
 

1-Aline I. Maalouf: The Effect of the Time-Constant of the Reference Trajectory in Predictive Control on Closed-Loop Stability: a Perceptive Approach for a Particular Case, Proceedings of the 5th Asian Control Conference, Melbourne, v.2, p.850-856, July 2004.

2-Aline I. Maalouf:  Does the time-constant of the reference trajectory in predictive control affect the closed-loop stability?, Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, Cyprus p. 872-876, July 2005.

3-Aline I. Maalouf: The Effect of the Time-Constant of the Reference Trajectory in Predictive Control on Closed-Loop Stability: an analytical Approach for a Particular Case, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006, p.1563-1568, June 2006.

4-Aline I. Maalouf: Improving the robustness of a parallel robot using predictive functional control (PFC) tools, Proceedings of CDC 2006, San Diego CA, USA, p.6498-6473, December 2006.

5-Aline I. Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Coherent H infinity Control for a class of linear complex quantum systems, Proceedings of the American Control Conference ACC 2009, USA (finalist for the student best paper award)  p. 1472-1479, June 2009.

6- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Coherent LQG Control for a class of linear complex quantum systems Proceedings of European Control Conference ECC 2009, Hungary, pages 2271-2276, August 2009.

7-  Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Finite Horizon H infinity Control for a class of linear quantum systems Accepted in the American Control Conference ACC 2010, p. 1904-1911, June 2010.

8- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Finite Horizon H infinity Control for a Class of Linear Quantum Measurement Delayed Systems: A Dynamic Game Approach. Proceeding of the American Control Conference ACC 2011, p. 4340-4347, June 2011.

9- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Finite Horizon H infinity Control for a Class of Linear Quantum Sampled- Data Measurement Systems: A Dynamic Game Approach. Proceeding of the IFAC World Congress 2011, Milan, Italy, v.18, issue 1, p. 10141-10149, August 2011.

10- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: Sampled-data LQG control for a class of linear quantum Systems, Proceedings of the American Control Conference ACC 2012, Montreal, Canada, 5837-5842, June 2012.

11- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: On the lossless property of a class of Nonlinear Quantum Systems, Proceedings of AUCC2012, Sydney, NSW, p.443-447, Nov.2012.On the lossless property of a class of nonlinear quantum systems, Proceedings of the

​12- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: On the physical realizability of a class of nonlinear quantum systems, Proceedings of CDC 2012, Hawaii, USA, p.1088-1092,  December 2012.

13- Aline I.Maalouf and I.R. Petersen: On the physical realizability of a class of nonlinear quantum systems revisitedProceedings of CDC 2013, Firenze,  Italy, p.1241-1246,  December 2013.

 

 
 

 

  PhD
University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Academy, Canberra, Australia.


Thesis Title:  New Developments in the theory of robust feedback control for linear quantum systems.
 
 
  Mphil degree in Control Engineering
Cambridge University, UK


Thesis Title: The effect of the time constant of the reference trajectory in predictive control on closed-loop stability.
 
 
 
  MSc. Electrical Engineering
Balamand University, Lebanon
Average: 94/100
First class honour, Dean's Honor list.
ALMA Prize


 
 
  BSc. Electrical Engineering
Balamand University, Lebanon
Average: 90/100

First class honour, Dean's Honor list.

 
   
           
 
 
 
Scholarships and Honours:
 
 
 
2011 Featured as one of the outstanding intellectuals of the 21 century by IBC Cambridge
2011 Featured in who's who in the world
2011 Featured in who's who in sciences and engineering
2008 University of New South Wales Postgraduate scholarship
2006 Cambridge university Overseas Trust scholarship
2007 Invensys Company scholarship at Oxford University
 
 
 
Undergraduate Contest Awards:
 
Dean's honour list at Balamand University.
BSc. and MSc. final year projects won first prizes
ALMA prize
 
Experience:
 
    Working:
 
2011-     Research associate   
   
    Project:
 
     Mphil                Studying the effect of the time-constant of the reference trajectory on closed-loop stability.
     
     MSc. Project     Control of a power generating unit (a synchronous generator driven by a DC motor): Controlling the frequency and    
                                    the output voltage using adaptive control and PI control.  
                                    
                                    Won the first prize.
      
       BSc. Project         Control of a Duplex Elevator by PLCs ( Progra-mmable Logic Controllers) using OMRON PLCs 20KCDRA

 
                                     Won the first prize.
 
 
 
Research Statement
 

We are currently entering a new technological era in which we are able to build systems whose performance is limited by quantum physical effects and in which it may be possible to exploit non-classical phenomena in novel ways. To this end, there has been considerable recent interest in engineering quantum systems and at the heart of this is the development of a quantum control theory dedicated to extending classical control to the quantum domain. Examples already utilizing control of one sort or another include quantum electromechanical systems, quantum dots, copper-pair boxes, superconducting interference devices, ion traps, as well as a large selection of optical devices. It is clear that a mathematical framework is essential for the future development of quantum control as an engineering discipline. The aim of this research is to bring together experimentalists and theoreticians working in quantum engineering to identify the core mathematical issues and challenges ahead.

Work done in that domain by me:

  1. 1-  Solving the H infinity control problem for a class of annihilation operator linear quantum systems.

  2. 2- Relating the bounded real properties of this type of systems to the physical realizability condition

  3. 3-  Solving the LQG control problem for this class of linear quantum systems.

  4. 4-  Solving the finite horizon H infinity control problem for a class of linear quantum systems for three cases:

    - Continuous time case
    -Sampled data measurement case
    -Delayed measurement case 

    5--Developing the physical realizability conditions for a class of nonlinear quantum systems.

Themes: The challenges to focus opon (both from the mathematical and experimental viewpoint) are

  1. a-  Quantum filtering and the application to quantum measurement and metrology.

  2. b-  Quantum open-loop schemes

  3. c-  Quantum feedback networks and the design of quantum controllers.

  4. d-  Quantum statistics and estimation and the connection with filtering and

    control

  5. e-  Quantum information processing and its relevance to quantum control

    and error correction.

  6. f-  Developing the H infinity control theory for a class of nonlinear quantum

    systems.

        g- Developing the H infinity control theory for a class of nonlinear quantum systems.

       e- Applying experimentally the control theory developed to physical systems in the field of quantum optics. 

 
 
Languages:
 

·      Arabic: spoken and written

·      French: spoken and written

·      English: spoken and written 

 
Computer skills:

·         Experience of Microsoft Operating Systems

·      Familiar with range of applications including Autocad, MATLAB, PS-PICE, Microsoft Project,Multisim, latex, Dspace.


·      Office 2007 for word-processing, EXCEL,latex, windows NT, windows XP, windows 7.

·      Good knowledge of Fortran, Pascal, C++, Assembly language.


 
Professional Membership and Activities:
    

Member of IEEE.

 Member of the Order of Engineers in Lebanon. 

Session Chair of IEEE conferences.

Reviewer for IEEE conferences , IEEE sensors journal, IEEE Transactions on automatic control and Automatica, IET on Control theory and Applications, International journal of robust and nonlinear control, Systems and Control letters.

 

 
 

 


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