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Mechatronics and Systems – Control, Robotics, & Human Machines

Nanorobotics utilized for Cellular Imaging and Characterization

The term mechatronics is a combination of the words mechanics and electronics. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary approach to product design and development, merging the principles of electrical, mechanical, computer, material, chemical, and industrial engineering. The Mechatronics and Systems research cluster in the MIE Department is concerned with systems that are typically composed of traditional mechanical and electrical components but are rendered “intelligent” by the incorporation of sensors, actuators, and computer control systems. Our primary focus in Mechatronics and Systems is on intelligent and integrated systems and machines along with their practical applications ranging from manufacturing systems and robotic platforms to biological systems.

 

Nanomechanical Cantilever (NMC)-based Systems
(e.g., Atomic Force Microscopy-AFM)

 

 

 

 

 

Associated Faculty & Staff

  • Soft robots; transformable robots; self-folding machines; rapid prototyping; biomimetic design
  • Piezoelectric-based actuators and sensors, dynamic modeling and vibration control of distributed-parameters systems, dynamics and control of MEMS and NEMS sensors and actuators, control and manipulation at the nanoscale
  • Human-machine interactions, interface design and user experiences, system integration and evaluation; smart systems and nonintrusive sensors, human friendly mechatronics, human state detection and information fusion; human factors in transportation and healthcare
  • Control systems and mechatronics, stability analysis; control synthesis of dynamical systems with delays; interplay between stability, delays, and graphs; network systems and control; control-systems-aided human-machine systems; engineering education research, disability research, with recent interests in systems biology, tissue growth and regeneration modeling (with Professor Gunther Zupanc, Biology) and adaptive queue management in access control problems in healthcare settings (with Prof. Jim Benneyan, MIE)
  • Human-safe robots, medical robotics, soft robotics and soft material manufacturing, MEMS, microrobotics, bio-inspired design, flapping aerodynamics and insect flight