Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Arizona

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336-C Olin Hall
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Michael Goldfarb

H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Center for Intelligent Mechatronics (CIM)

Research Focus

Design, modeling, and control of electromechanical devices and systems. Design of high-energy-density robotic actuators. Control of fluid-powered actuators and devices.

Current Projects

Center for Intelligent Mechatronics 
Professor M. Goldfarb 
The design and control of electro-mechanical devices is the primary concern of this center, in which major efforts in the development of piezoelectrically-actuated small scale mobile robots, of piezoelectric motors, and of macro-micro telemanipulator systems for scaled bilateral teleoperation have been sustained. Other work has involved issues related to the design of haptic interfaces and virtual mechanical environments, and the development of smart material based actuators. The center includes a full complement of facilities for the prototyping, testing, and analysis of electromechanical devices.

Publications

Fite, K.B., Shao, L., and Goldfarb, M. A Loop-Shaping Approach for Transparency and Stability Robustness in Bilateral Telemanipulation, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, In press. 

Goldfarb, M., Barth, E.J., Gogola, M.A. and Wehrmeyer, J.A. Design and Energetic Characterization of a Liquid-Propellant-Powered Actuator for Self-Powered Robots. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, In press. 

Barth E. J., Zhang, J., and Goldfarb, M. Control Design for Relative Stability in a PWM-Controlled Pneumatic System. ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, In press. 

O'Malley, M. and Goldfarb, M. The Effect of Force Saturation on the Haptic Perception of Detail. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 280-288, 2002. 

Fite, K., Speich, J., and Goldfarb, M. Transparency and Stability in Two-Channel Bilateral Telemanipulation. ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, vol. 123, no. 3, pp. 400-407, 2001. 

Gogola, M. and Goldfarb, M. Design of a PZT-Actuated Proportional Drum Brake. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 409-416, 1999. 

Goldfarb, M. and Jones, L. D. On the Efficiency of Electric Power Generation with Piezoelectric Ceramic. ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 121, no. 3, pp. 566-571, 1999. 

Goldfarb, M. and Speich, J.E. A Well-Behaved Revolute Joint for Compliant Mechanism Design. ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 121, no. 3, pp. 424-429, 1999. 

Goldfarb, M. Similarity and Invariance in Scaled Bilateral Telemanipulation. ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 121, no. 1, pp. 79-87, 1999. 

Goldfarb, M. and Celanovic, N. A Lumped-Parameter Electromechanical Model for Describing the Nonlinear Behavior of Piezoelectric Actuators. ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, vol. 119, no. 3, pp. 478-485, 1997.


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