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    Dina Shona Laila is currently a Reader in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing and the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University

    Dina was born in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, and spent most of her childhood living in several small towns around the jungle of Sumatra, one of the largest islands in the Indonesian archipelago. She obtained her first degree in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. She was awarded a TMPD scholarship from the Indonesian Government to pursue a Master’s degree in Control Engineering also at ITB. During her Master’s study, she was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Government, to spend 1.5 years as a visiting research student in Professor Araki Laboratory, Kyoto University, Japan, where she also conducted the research for her master thesis. She subsequently obtained a PhD degree in Control Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the AusAID scholarship from the Australian Government.

    After finishing her PhD, she joined the Control and Power Group (EE CAP), Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept., Imperial College London as a Research Associate (2003-2006, 2007-2009) working on various research projects in nonlinear control and in power systems monitoring. She was also with the Institute for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria (2007-2008) where she was working on the topic of identification and control of mechatronics systems, particularly for combustion engine test bench and spent some time with ABB Research Centre, Baden Daetwill, Switzerland (2008) working on the power systems monitoring project.

    Before joining Coventry, Dina was a Lecturer in the School of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (2011-2016), and prior to that she was with the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Kingston University, London (2009-2011).

    Her research interests are mainly in the field of nonlinear control both in theory (for in continuous-time and discrete-time frameworks) and it applications. She has been working on various applications in automotive, power electronics, and electro-mechanical systems. Dina is a Senior Member of the IEEE. She actively serves as a member of the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board, an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Control and as a reviewer for a number of main journals and conferences in Control Engineering field.


    Area of Expertise:

    • Adaptive control
    • Automotive control
    • Constrained control
    • Digital/sampled data control
    • Lyapunov methods
    • Mechanical systems/robotics
    • Mechatronics
    • Model Predictive Control
    • Nonlinear systems
    • Output feedback and Observers
    • Passivity based control
    • Predictive control for nonlinear systems
    • Robust control
    • Sampled data control
    • Stability of NL systems
    • Stability of nonlinear systems
    • Systems and Structure Monitoring
    • Underactuated systems

    External positions

    Visiting Academic, University of Southampton

    1 Aug 2016 → …


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