People

Sarah Mechhoud

Postdoctoral Fellows

Introduction

Sarah Mechhoud received the Engineering degree in Automatic control from the Ecole National Polytechnique of Algiers, Algeria, in 2009, the M. Sc degree from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) France in 2010 and the Ph. D. degree in the field of Automatic control from Grenoble University, France in 2013. Her thesis was about the estimation of distributed diffusion coefficient and source term in tokamak plasma heat transport.

Since June 2014, she is a post-doctoral fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division (CEMSE). 

Research Interests

  • Parameter and source term estimation in systems described by partial differential equation
  •  Finite element and spectral methods
  • Control of partial differential equations

Selected Publications

Journal Papers:
  • S. Mechhoud, E.Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Estimation of the Plasma Heat Transport Source term and Diffusion Coefficient using a Kalman Filtering Method in the Early Lumping Approach”. IEEE Transaction on Control Systems Technology, DOI  10.1109/TCST.2014.2342760 
  •     S. Mechhoud, E. Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Auto-tuning of adaptive distributed parameter estimation in linear parabolic PDEs”. Automatica, under review .

Conference Proceedings:
  • S. Mechhoud, E. Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Estimation de la diffusion thermique dans les plasmas de tokamak”. Conférence Internationale Francophone d’Automatique, Grenoble, France, Juillet 2012.
  •  S. Mechhoud, E. Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Joint diffusivity and source estimation in tokamak plasma heat transport”. American Control Conference, June 2013.
  •  S. Mechhoud, E. Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Combined distributed parameters and source estimation in tokamak plasma heat transport”. European Control Conference, July 2013.
  •  S. Mechhoud, E. Witrant, L. Dugard, and D. Moreau. “Adaptive distributed parameter and input estimation in plasma tokamak heat transport”. 1st Workshop on systems governed by Partial  Differential Equations, IFAC, Paris, France, September 2013.
  • Adaptive space-time distributed parameter and input estimation in heat transport with unknown bounds”. IEEE International Conference on Systems and Control, Algiers, Algeria, October 2013.