Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you thinkNew mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.
Task Force report on grid stability concepts receives IEEE PES Prize Paper AwardThe rapid growth of renewable energy led to an international task force to study its impact on the stability of worldwide power systems.
New textbook provides streamlined guide for undergrads studying Signals and SystemsThe textbook, authored by Prof. Stéphane Lafortune, covers the main material students need to know for continuous-time signals and systems with a focus on linear time-invariant systems and their response to different classes of input signals.
Research on modeling time-variant systems earns Brockett-Willems Outstanding Paper AwardProf. Peter Seiler co-authored the paper that focuses on reachability analysis for a variety of systems, including aircraft control and autonomous vehicles.
The NAE invites Prof. Necmiye Ozay to symposium to advance the engineering frontierOzay presented on her research that is relevant to cybersecurity and the future of space exploration.
$7.5M MURI to make dynamic AI smarter and saferResearchers from four U.S. institutions aim to pull the best from control theory and machine learning to build safer mobile, intelligent systems.
Helping robots learn what they can and can’t do in new situations
What should a robot do when it cannot trust the model it was trained on?
New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms
A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.
Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems
PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety.
New research for the future of sustainable power and energyTake a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy.
Stéphane Lafortune named N. Harris McClamroch Professor of EECS
Lafortune's research in discrete event systems includes multiple problem domains, with applications to computer and software systems.
Xiang Yin receives honorable mention for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
Yin researched cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems.
Sijia Geng awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement
A PhD student in electrical engineering, Geng researches trajectory sensitivity and renewable energy in microgrids.
Game theory for electric vehicle charging
Dmitry Berenson receives NSF CAREER Award to advance a robot’s ability to handle soft objects
Berenson works to improve the ability of autonomous robots to handle soft, deformable objects.
Necmiye Ozay receives ONR Young Investigator Award to advance research in autonomous systems
Research will focus on how autonomous vehicles adapt to wide-ranging changes.
Stéphane Lafortune receives Research Excellence Award from College of Engineering
The award honors his contributions to system and control theory.
Getting people moving – Walking exoskeletons could mobilize disabled patients
Prof. Jessy Grizzle has long said that his work in robotics could one day be used to help the disabled. Now he and his group, alongside French company Wandercraft, are working to make that claim a reality in the form of walking exoskeletons.
Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan
Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.
Elmer Gilbert: A Life in Control
Elmer Gilbert reflects on his illustrious career in Control
Necmiye Ozay receives Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems paper prize
The authors demonstrated that it is possible to synthesize provably-correct robust feedback controllers that can handle various types of imperfections in the models or measurements.
Building more stable four-legged robots
A biologist turned roboticist takes a closer look at dog gaits to help design better movements for four-legged robots.
Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems
As a member of the DDOTS to PICS MURI, Revzen will advance modeling and control of dynamic systems.
CASSIE: A tougher, lighter bipedal robot with eyes
New walking robot based on birds
Necmiye Ozay receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for research in cyber-physical systems
Prof. Ozay’s award-winning work will be used in future space missions
Stéphane Lafortune named Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
Prof. Lafortune has been a leading researcher in the field of discrete event systems (DES) for the last 25 years. His fundamental work covers the gamut from modeling, analysis, diagnosis, control, and optimization.
MARLO makes initial attempt at the Wave Field
For now, Grizzle and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that he calls “merely very difficult.”
MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms
The robot’s feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities.
Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster
The goal of the class project was to control the safe landing of a rocket booster after it disengaged from the portion of the rocket that would continue into Space.
The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity?
Xiang Yin earns Pre-Doc Fellowship for research in cyber-physical systems
Xiang’s research focuses on developing new methods to synthesize different control and sensing strategies in a discrete-event system.
Necmiye Ozay receives CAREER award for research in cyber-physical systems
Cyber-physical systems are smart, networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators that are designed to interact with the physical world.
Demosthenis Teneketzis earns George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for solution to a class of fundamental control problems
This award is given to the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control throughout the years 2013 and 2014.
Engineering a better future for Ethiopia
Prof. Hofmann’s students felt they gained a lot from the course. Several of them will likely go on to teach control courses in coming semesters.
Stephanie Crocker earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to bring sustainable energy to the grid
Stephanie seeks to provide continuous energy balancing on the grid by automatically controlling loads.
ECE welcomes new engineering robotics center
The center, to be built on North Campus, will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a 3-story, 100,000 square foot building.
HEV fuel economy meets drivability in Outstanding Control Systems Paper
The research aimed to find a happy medium between fuel economy and drivability in hybrid electric vehicles.
Prof. Necmiye Ozay awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for research in cyber and physical systemsOzay’s research interests lie at the broad interface of dynamical systems, control, optimization and formal methods with applications in system identification, verification and validation, autonomy and vision.
Researchers demo hack to seize control of municipal traffic signal systems
Research in production systems engineering is recognized with Best Paper Award
“The paper introduces a new management paradigm: ensure the desired lead time while maximizing the throughput.”
Translating animal movement into better robotic design
Revzen believes that his findings can be used to engineer better man-made devices, including prosthetic limbs and complete robots.
U-M researcher involved in $10 million project to advance computer programming
The five year project includes multiple research institutions, partners in industry, and educational outreach to the next generation of computer scientists.
Hongwei Liao, EE Systems Grad Student, awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Liao’s research contributes theoretical developments on the control of Petri nets, and has potential to be extended to a broader class of resource allocation systems.
Best Paper Award in Automation Research
The award was given at the IEEE Conference on Automation and Engineering. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Ford, U of M explore new ways to speed development of future hybrid vehicles
“The main goal of this project,” explained Opila, “is to bring advanced methods to HEV and plug-in HEV design.”