Short Biography for Hugues Garnier

Hugues Garnier is Professor at the University of Lorraine in France. In 1995 he received a Ph.D. in Automatic Control from the Henri Poincaré University in Nancy, France.

In the last two decades, he has held visiting positions at different universities including U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. In 1993, he visited the Industrial Control Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2004, he visited the Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2006 and 2007, he has held short term visiting positions at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 2013, he visited the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA. 

Hugues Garnier is  a member of the IFAC Technical Committee "Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing" and of the IEEE technical committee "System Identification and Adaptive Control". He was also a member of the International Program Committee (IPC) for the last four IFAC Symposium on System Identification (SYSID), held respectively in Newcastle, Australia in 2006 (SYSID'2006), in Saint-Malo, France in 2009 (SYSID'2009), in Brussels, Belgium in 2012 (SYSID'2012), in Beijing in 2015 (SYSID'2015). He is a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Control.

Hugues Garnier's main research interest is related to the analysis and modelling of stochastic dynamical systems. This includes time series analysis and prediction, parameter estimation and system identification. He uses system identification techniques to develop models to simulate, monitor, predict and control a variety of dynamical systems. System identification is an interactive and systematic way of modeling system behavior by estimating dynamic models on the basis of experimental input/output data. Due to inherent experiment based nature of his research, the techniques can be applied to a wide variety of dynamical systems and include problems such as dynamic modeling for control, health monitoring and model validation.

He has written several contributions on new techniques for continuous-time model identification from sampled data and organised many invited sessions and workshop at international congresses in this research area in the past decade. He is also behind CONTSID, a Matlab toolbox for continuous-time system identification.

Since 2000, he has been very active in promoting direct continuous-time approaches to system identification. He was recently invited to act as guest editor for two special issues: the first for IET Control Theory & Applications that appeared in May 2011, the second for International Journal of Control that appeared in July 2014. He is currently acting as guest editor for another special issue for International Journal of Control that should appear in late 2016.

Hugues Garnier is the co-editor of two books: the first entitled Identification of continuous-time models from sampled data, Springer-Verlag, London, 2008 ; the second entitled System Identification, Environmetric Modelling, and Control Systems Design, Springer-Verlag, London, 2012.

In 2015, he gave a semi-plenary talk at the European Control Conference (ECC) to be held in Linz, Austria.

In 2016, he was invited to give a two-days course as guest lecturers together with Marion Gilson at the 9th edition of the Doctoral School on System Identification organized at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium.

Last, but not least, he enjoys participating in ironman triathlons.