Mechatronics, Control, and Design

This research focus area deals with combinations of electronic and mechanical systems to achieve a desired function. Micro-processor control, sensing and creation of smart mechanical devices (e.g. smart active prosthetics or surgical devices) are at the heart of the mechatronics research activities at our department. The controls research deals with modeling of input-output relationships in a given system, formulation of a control paradigms to reject disturbances and use of sensory information to achieve a certain outcome.

Examples of ongoing research include motion control of mechanical systems, motion control of pneumatic/fluid powered systems and control of novel MRI compatible devices that use non-traditional actuation methods. The design aspects of this research focus area include optimal design of mechanical systems to achieve a desired function, structural and dimensional synthesis and optimization of robotic systems and devices.