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Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb
Name: Michael Goldfarb
email: michael.goldfarb@Vanderbilt.edu
Phone: 615 343 6924
Fax: 615 343 6925
Office: 336C Olin Hall
Mail: VU Box 351592 Sta B
  Nashville, TN 37235-1592 USA
  Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director, Center for Intelligent Mechatronics

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -1994

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -1992

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona -1988

Research Interests

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.