Sept. 21, 2019        Dave Santos

AWEC2019 Program

Program conforms routine venture-capital PR domination by the same players, Makani and AWEurope. AWEC2019 looks to be anything but a legendary hacker-driven science-engineering critical-theory symposium centered on historic open hands-on demo sessions, where anything can happen, and change the world.

Lets hope for a few surprises and great papers. The brightest aspect is so many new faces crowding into AWE. Given disruptive talent-pool growth, and the slow-but-sure passing to fresh leaders, AWEC conferences won't remain dull indefinitely. Tend your avant gardens meanwhile.
Oct. 2,2019    Dave Santos

AWEC2019 Run-up: curious HydroRun Energy Paravane => Makani Connection; LorenzoF in fast-lane

On the surface, AWEC2019 is set to be the most boring AWE conference ever, but "maybe that's a good thing", as "real" industry conferences are wont to be dull. There are cracks in the sterile facade, like the hushed-up spate of crashes by "leaders". AWE is anything but actually boring.

A mixed indicator is the comparatively dull roster of AWEC speakers featured so far. Only the elevation of LorenzoF to heavy-hitter and a Makani-HydroRun connection adds interest. More soon about first-time attendees to perhaps "crash the party".

HydroRun starting clues; not much shows in top search. We knew a bit about DanM's intent and never learned more. Olinger made an early citation. Hoping for Freestream Glider prototype media. Surely that fish swam.

From AWEC2019 Speaker Page-

Doug McLeod is Technical Program Manager at Makani, working on Makani's offshore program and contributing to systems engineering and manufacturing. He joined the company in 2016, first working for Makani / X, later for Makani Technologies LLC. Prior to this, he was a Design Engineer responsible for Fluid Dynamics at HydroRun Technologies, the developer of the Freestream Glider, which is a new concept in renewable hydroelectricity production from the natural, unaltered flow of rivers. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Thermofluids from the University of Bristish Columbia.

Lorenzo Fagiano is associate professor of automation and control engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He completed his Ph.D. in Information and Systems Engineering in 2009 at the Politecnico di Torino. From 2010 to 2013 he held positions at Politecnico di Torino, UC Santa Barbara, and ETH Zurich. From 2013 to 2016 he was scientist and senior scientist at ABB Switzerland, Corporate Research. His research interests include constrained estimation and control, set membership methods, and applications to industrial, robotic and energy systems. He co-authored more than 100 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He is recipient of the 2019 European Control Award, of the Mission Innovation Champion Award 2019 for Italy, of two Marie Curie individual fellowships (2009 and 2012), of the 2011 IEEE Transactions on Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, and of the 2010 ENI award "Debut in Research" prize. He serves as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions of Control Systems Technology since 2015. He is co-founder of two start-up companies, in the fields of AWE and multicopter drones for civil applications.