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Mechatronics and Control : What's in a Name ?

Industrial control practitioners need continually increasing skills in dealing with organizational complexity in mechanical systems. These skills are distinct from those associated with the traditional feedback control subjects. While feedback control often comprises a significant part of the substructure, most of the application effort is directed towards the design of operating software that will properly coordinate the diverse components that make up a machine.
In this seminar I will attempt to open a discussion in the direction of more generalized control by defining the field, looking at the skill set required by practitioners, and reviewing the approach used at Berkeley to the core issue of control system software design.

Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
David M. Auslander
Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
May 26, 1999   17:15

ETH-Zentrum, ETZ E6, Gloriastrasse 35, 8006 Zürich
Contact Person:

Martine D'Emma
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Biographical Sketch:
David M. Auslander is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He has interests in dynamic systems and control. His research and teaching interests include mechatronics and real time software, bioengineering, and mechanical control. Current projects in these areas are design methodology for real time control software for mechanical systems, control of regenerative life-support systems, satellite control and engineering curriculum development.
He consults in industrial servocontrol systems and other control and computer applications. He is co-founder and senior technical consultant to Berkeley Process Control, Inc., a company specializing in industrial machine control. His professional studies were at the Cooper Union and at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering.
He has been awarded the Levy Medal from the Franklin Institute (twice), and Education Awards from both the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME, and the American Automatic Control Council. He has a longstanding association with the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME and is a Fellow of the ASME.