Curriculum Vitae
Williams Colmenares

A. Personal Data

B. Studies

  1. Electrical Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela 1977.
  2. M.A.Sc. Electrical Engneering, Control Theory, Univ. of Ottawa,Canada, 1983.
  3. M.Sc. System’s Engineering, Operation’s Research, Honor Award. Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, 1989.
  4. PhD, Automation, Univ. Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, 1996. Thesis: Sur la robustesse des systèmes lineaires incertains: approche quadratique, retour de sortie. Award: Très Honorable. Publication Laboratoire d’Analyses et d’Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS) No. 96414.

C. Recent research and cooperation projects.

SUMA Network: Sustainable Financing for Higher Education Institutions. 2010 – 2013. Venezuelan Coordinator. Funded by ALFA III

PILA Network: Latin American Network for Innovation and Intelectual Property Promotion on Higher Education Institutions. 2008 – 2011.Venezuelan Coordinator. Funded by ALFA III. (

Engineering PhD degree in Processes and Systems. Venezuelan Academic Coordinator and Program Professor. 2004-2006. Funded by ALFA II.

Control strategies with supervision, optimization and reconfiguration capabilities for distributed control systems. Funded by the Interamerican Development Bank from 2001 up to 2007.

Industrial Automation Research Center (Centro de Automatización Industrial), Funded by the Interamerican Development Bank. From 1994 to 1999.

Robust control algorithms. Internal university funding 1995.

D. Publications: Papers, Books, Book’s Chapters.

  1. Aguilera A, Rodríguez M., Villegas T., Colmenares, W. "Explicit Implementation of Predictive Control Based on FPGA". pp. 101 - 106. Recent Researches in Engineering and Automatic Control, NAUN Series. WSEAS Publishers Tenerife, Spain. 2011. ISBN: 978-1-61804-057-2. Book Chapter.
  2. Sarabia D.; de Prada C.; Cristea S.; Mazeda R.; Colmenares, W. “Hybrid NMPC Control of a Sugar House". pp. 495 - 502. Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences , Vol. 358 . Editores: Findeisen, Rolf; Allgöwer, Frank; Biegler, Lorenz. Springer-Verlag, Berlin - Heidelberg Berlin, Alemania. 2007. ISBN: 978-3-540-72698-2. Book Chapter.
  3. Granado, E; Colmenares, W.; Strefezza, M; Alonso, A.. "A web-based virtual laboratory for teaching automatic control". COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, Vol. 15, pp. 192 - 197. 2007.
  4. Colmenares W.y Tadeo F., Notes on Robust and Multiobjective Control Systems, Editorial Equinoccio. ISBN 980-237-223-4, february 2006. In spanish. Book.
  5. Colmenares, W.; Mata, E.; Revollar, S; Granado, E; Pérez, O. "Tuning industrial controllers – PID type". Ciencia e ingeniería. Vol. 26, pp. 9-16. 2005. In spanish.
  6. O. Pérez, P. Vega, W. Colmenares y M. Francisco, “Integrated design with robust state feedback via LMIs”. IEEE Revista America Latina, Vol 2(3), sept. 2004. In spanish.
  7. Granado E., Colmenares W., Bernussou J y Garcia G., “LMI based MPC,” IEE Proceeding D, Vol. 150, pp. 528 - 533, 2003.
  8. Colmenares W., Cristea S., de Prada C., Villegas T., Alonso A. y Pérez O., MLD Systems: Modeling and Control, Journal of Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsional Systems, Vol 10 (1-3), pp 107-121, 2003.
  9. Yong A., De la Fuente M. y Colmenares W., Learning Discrete Linear Systems with The Orthogonal Learning Algorithm, Engineering Applications of Artificial Inteligence, Vol. 14, pp 435-439, 2001.
  10. Colmenares W., Tadeo F., Granado E., Pérez O y del Valle F.,H2 Guaranteed Cost Control of Discrete Linear Systems, Mathematical Problem in Engineering, Vol. 6, pp 425-437, 2000.
  11. Garcia-Palomares U., Colmenares W., On the Minimization of a Quasiconcave Function Subject to Linear Constraints, Operation Res. Letters, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1991.
  12. Colmenares W., Ahmed N.U., A Controllability Counter Example, Int. Journal of System Science, Vol. 15, pp. 837-840, 1985.

E. Proceedings. Last 5 years

  1. Rodríguez, M.; Sandoval S.; de Prada C.; Colmenares, W.; "A strategy of specific identification of the plant from closed-loop identification". 2th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS’06, SCS. Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 2006.
  2. Granado, E; Colmenares, W.; Strefezza, M; Alonso, A.. "A Web-based VRML undergraduate control laboratory course". 7th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE06). Madrid, Spain, June 2006.
  3. Pérez, O.; Colmenares, W.; Granado, E; Vega P.; Mario F.; "Integrated System Design with PID Controllers via LMIs". 2006 IEEE PES T & D Latin America. Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 2006.
  4. Granado, E; Colmenares, W.; Bernussou, J.; Garcia, G.; "LMI Based Robust Output Feedback MPC". 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference. Sevilla, España. Diciembre 2005.
  5. Bernussou J; Granado, E.; Colmenares, W.; Garcia G.; “Dynamic output controller MPC via LMI”, 16th IFAC World Congress on Automatic Control. Prage, July 2005.
  6. De Prada, C.; Cristea, S.; Sarabia, D.; Colmenares, W., “Hybrid Control of a Mixed Continuous-Batch Process”. 14 European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE '04). Lisboa, may 2004.
  7. Granado E., Colmenares W., Bernussou J. y Garcia G., “Robust Multivariable PID Design via LMI Approach”, 4th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design. Milan, Italy, June 2003.
  8. Granado E. Colmenares W., De Santis S., Contreras L. y Pérez O., “Web based Design of Virtual Teaching in the Laboratory of Automatic Control”, European Control Conference, Cambridge – Inglaterra, septiembre 2003.
  9. O. Pérez, P. Vega y W. Colmenares, “Linear Matrix Inequalities in Integrated System Design”, European Control Conference, Cambridge – Inglaterra, sept. 2003.
  10. Granado E., Colmenares W., Bernussou J. y Garcia G., “LMI Based MPC”, IFAC Wold Congress, Barcelona – Spain, july 2002.
  11. F. Tadeo, F. del Valle, O. Pérez y W. Colmenares, “Hinf Loopshaping using Graphical Loopshaping Ideas”. IFAC World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, July 2002
  12. Colmenares W., Cristea S., De Prada C. y Villegas T, “MLD Modeling and Control. Experience with a Pilot Process”, 2001 IEEE Joint Internactional Conference on Control Applications and International Symposium on Intelligent Control, México DF, septiembre 2001.

F. Thesis

  1. Asdrubal Aguilera, Explicit Implementation of Predictive Control Based on FPGA, M.Sc. System’s Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, nov. 2010. In spanish
  2. Luis Oliveros, Computing optimal industrial control loops, M.Sc. System’s Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, nov. 2007. In spanish
  3. Ernesto Granado, Robust Predicitive Control. PhD Automation, Thesis at INSA Toulouse, Directeur de These with Dr. Jacques Bernussou from LAAS, Toulouse, France, July 2004. In french.
  4. Tulio Salazar, A mathematical model for control purposes of a radio controlled helicopter. M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar. Oct. 2004. In spanish.
  5. Héctor Olivera, An intelligent controller for energy saving applications. Electronic Eng, Universidad Simón Bolívar. March 2004- In spanish.
  6. Luis Cova, Automation of a Hot Isostatic Press(HIP) . Electronic Eng Universidad Simón Bolívar 2003. In spanish.
  7. José Perdomo, Advanced temperatura control of a multivariable oven. Electronic Eng. Universidad Simón Bolívar 2003. In spanish.
  8. Carlos Hernández, OPC Clients/Servers for MATLAB, Electronic Eng. Universidad Simón Bolívar, January 2002. In spanish.

G. Regular courses

  1. Linear systems: analysis and design.
  2. Feedback control systems: analysis and design
  3. Introduction to signals and systems
  4. Robust control
  5. Optimal control
  6. Predictive control
  7. Industrial control loops. Análisis and design.
  8. Tuning industrial control loops for high performance

H. Positions at USB

Vice-Chairman for Administrative Affairs (2009 to date), Dean of Extension, Coordinator Graduate Programs in Computing, System’s Engineering and Information Management, Head of Process and Systems Department.

I. Miscelaneous

  • Distinction by the mayor’s office to the trajectory in Education. Alcaldía del Hatillo, Caracas 2010.
  • Local coordinator, ALFA III Projects: SUMA Network, PILA Network involving 18 Latin American Universities and 4 European Universities
  • Local academic coordinator, ALFA Project: Engineering PhD degree in Processes and Systems. 2004-2006. International Project including universities: Valladolid (Spain), Stuttgart (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal), Ghant (Belgium), Piura (Perú), Santa Catarina (Brasil), and Simón Bolívar (Venezuela).
  • Local academic coordinator, PIMA Project for the exchange of students on industrial technologies. 2003-2004.
  • Visiting professor Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, Univ. de Valladolid, España. Sept 1999 - Aug 2000. Funded by CYTED and FEDER.
  • Reviewer for the ACC, CDC, ECC and ASME conferences.
  • Visiting professor, Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Univ. de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Nov. 1998. Funded by CYTED.
  • Invited professor I Seminario de Automática de la Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador, april,1997.
  • Invited professor, II Curso Iberoamericano de Automática. Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 1996.
  • IEEE member. Control System Society.

J. Other interests (not research)

e-Learning, b-Learning, creativity and innovation in education, teaching ethics, creative thinking.


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