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IEEE Control Systems

Issue 5 • Date Oct. 2004

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  • Hardware retrofit and computed torque control of a Puma 560 Robot updating an industrial manipulator

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):78 - 82
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    This article describes a third-year undergraduate project that involved the retrofit of a PUMA 560 manipulator robot, its interface with a PC, MATLAB-based software development for trajectory generation and graphical user interface, and a SIMULINK implementation of a PID computed torque control scheme. The project is an example of how a mechanically sound robotic platform with obsolete interfaces ... View full abstract»

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  • A force-feedback joystick for control and robotics education - affordable software for educational institutions

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):74 - 77
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    This article describes a project that converts low-cost commercially available force feedback joysticks into flexible experimental facilities for control systems education and virtual reality simulations without hardware modifications. The software allows educational institutions to offer affordable hands-on laboratories, featuring a traditional or discovery-learning approach. With intuitive softw... View full abstract»

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  • A laptop servo for control education

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):70 - 73
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    A novel portable laptop control experiment is presented, which does not require the space and expense typically required for undergraduate control laboratories. Interactive experiments are designed to cover all of the topics required for an introductory course in controls, as well as a haptics experiment. It is believe that the system is useful for practicing engineers who wish to update their con... View full abstract»

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  • Low-cost magnetic levitation project kits

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):65 - 69
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    These low-cost magnetic suspension kits provide students with an open-ended design problem. The performance of the basic system is designed to be inadequate, allowing students to apply their knowledge to implement improvements in sensors, magnetics, power electronics, and compensation electronics. In the first offering of this lab project, student reaction was positive. The low cost of the kits al... View full abstract»

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  • A LEGO experiment for embedded control system design

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):61 - 64
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    This article describes a simple, portable, yet effective experimental setup for use in courses that do not have dedicated laboratory facilities. Since the setup is based on LEGO parts and equipment, the experiment can be developed easily and relatively inexpensively. When combined with NQC freeware, students are exposed to programming embedded processors. Students also gain experience with the imp... View full abstract»

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  • Electro-hydraulic rear-axle steering for mobile cranes

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):16 - 17
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    Although cranes are widely used for construction and loading operations, the casual observer rarely has the opportunity to view this technology up close. This article presents innovative control technology present in the mobile cranes produced by Terex Demag mobile cranes specializes in self-transporting road-capable cranes. These cranes are known for their versatility due to their high-capacity, ... View full abstract»

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  • The ROBORACE contest

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):57 - 60
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    The ROBORACE project introduces students to feedback control and systems concepts. The project is aimed at students in their first year of university studies and at young people leaving high school. Without going into mathematical details, the participants learn about the ideas and possibilities of control engineering. Students apply their knowledge by constructing and programming an autonomous LE... View full abstract»

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  • People in control

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):12 - 15
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  • A LEGO-based control experiment

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):43 - 56
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    A nice feature of the LEGO system is that, although the mechanical, electrical, and structural construction is good enough for successful results, there are enough discrepancies between theory and practice to introduce the student to real-world problems of controller. This article concentrates on implementing the feedback controller within the RCX, with the host computer used for compiling, downlo... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Control Systems Society

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 103
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  • A new approach to teaching feedback

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):38 - 42
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    The Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) Department at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has revised its entry-level curriculum in dynamics, feedback, and control with the goals of updating the subject matter to include modern tools and making control tools accessible to a nontraditional audience. One of the approaches made was to divide the introductory control theory class into two... View full abstract»

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  • Building communities

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):8 - 10
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  • New undergraduate courses in control

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):31 - 34
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    The focus of this article is on the two new undergraduate courses, "Introduction to Computerized Control" and "Modeling and Simulation". Introduction to Computerized Control presents dynamics, time-domain control design, instrumentation, and real-time computing in the format of four hours of lectures per week, two compulsory laboratory exercises, and seven Web-based sets of problems. The course gi... View full abstract»

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  • Adaptive control design and analysis [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):98 - 101
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  • The PeopleMover educational project - design, simulation, and implementation of a real control system application

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):83 - 87
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    In this article, we discuss the design and implementation of the speed control system. The complete design task is divided into three parts. The system design team handles the modeling, design, and simulation of the control system. Simultaneously, the analog design team transforms the transfer functions generated by the system design team into an electronic circuit on PCB. The two teams jointly te... View full abstract»

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  • Innovations in undergraduate control education

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 18
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  • Automatic control in first-year engineering study

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):35 - 37
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    An introductory engineering course based on the theme of automatic control in the first year of study prepares future engineers in facing multidisciplinary problems. The field of systems and control is by nature multidisciplinary and universal, providing an appealing introduction to systems concepts. Comprehensive courses on automatic control are normally offered at the senior or junior level. Bas... View full abstract»

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  • Project-based learning - design of a prototype semiautonomous vehicle

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):88 - 91
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    This article described how project-based learning helps engage students in the design of a complicated system. Throughout the course of the project, a student demonstrated a holistic learning process and managed to accomplish all the stated objectives of the project. The project emphasized techniques for solving control problems. To give the student a manageable learning experience, the project wa... View full abstract»

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  • Robot control instruction for eighth graders

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):20 - 23
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    The engineering faculty at Washington University has initiated an educational program for local public schools in which robotics is used to introduce middle school students to engineering. Under the guidance of the faculty and participating teachers at Gateway Middle School, graduate teaching fellows have designed and implemented instructional robotics modules for eighth graders with the help of u... View full abstract»

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  • Robust autonomous guidance: an internal model approach [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):97 - 98
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  • Design projects on automotive controls - developing an automation lab for senior projects

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):92 - 94
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    This article describes several automotive controls-related senior design projects. In this project, a team of two students built several masked Simulink blocks comprising elements of a mean value engine model (MVEM) and assembled these blocks into a blockset in the Simulink block library. The MVEM blockset was used to create a virtual engine for which an idle-speed controller was designed. An inte... View full abstract»

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  • Lessons of warfare

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):6 - 7
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  • Science and mechatronics-aided research for teachers

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):24 - 30
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    This paper presents the Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers (SMART) program which provides teachers with training and workshops. The SMART program is funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Division of Engineering Education and Centers under its Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. It aims to enrich precollege education by providing teachers from the New Yor... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2004, Page(s):2 - 4
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