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Issue 1 • Date Feb. 2005

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  • Innovations in undergraduate education. II

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 21 - 22
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  • An undergraduate laboratory for networked digital control systems

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 60 - 62
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    This work describes a senior-level laboratory/project course at the University of Maryland, College Park (USA), titled "networked and distributed control systems." The course is partially supported by an NSF research and curriculum development grant and brings together undergraduates from three engineering departments (electrical and computer, mechanical, and aerospace) with plans to include chemical, civil, and fire protection engineering. The course combines digital control with networks and information technology. The course goals are to introduce students to emerging areas in systems theory, including topics in networked and distributed control systems; to leverage instructor time and increase productivity in laboratory classes while keeping student teams small; and to minimize costs by using highly adaptable general-purpose equipment. View full abstract»

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  • A laptop-based studio course for process control

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 45 - 49
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    This work presents a laptop-based studio which combines lectures, discussions, and simulations in a single classroom environment and keeps the students actively engaged in the learning process. Difficult concepts are reinforced through simulation studies immediately after being covered in the lecture. The process modules present challenging dynamic behavior and provide detailed examples to which different control techniques can be applied. A boilerhouse tour gives students an appreciation for the scale of process equipment and the importance of automation and control in operating an industrial scale process. Finally, a multivariable case study project ties together many of the fundamental concepts, and gives the students a taste of the practice of control engineering. View full abstract»

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  • The relation between the 3-D Bode diagram and the root locus: insights into the connection between these classical methods

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 88 - 96
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    This paper revisits the generalized Bode diagram technique and demonstrates its usefulness for gaining a deeper understanding of both Bode and root locus analysis. Additional insights on the connection between these two analysis methods are provided and this connection is demonstrated using several examples. View full abstract»

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  • Artificial arms evolve from robots, or vice versa?

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 16 - 18, 20
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    There is a close relationship between robotics and prosthetic devices (artificial limbs) since both provide human like motion and prehension. In general, prosthetic devices have benefited from the development of robotic technologies. Interestingly, researchers at the Center for Engineering Design at the University of Utah developed the Utah Arm, a three-degree-of-freedom elbow prosthesis, prior to developing the Utah/MIT dextrous hand, a robotics end-effector. These research projects spawned two new companies, the Motion Control, Inc., the manufacturer of the Utah Arm, and Sarcos, Inc., a robotics company under the leadership of Stephen C. Jacobsen. View full abstract»

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  • Virtual and remote control laboratory development

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 35 - 39
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    This work describes Internet functions that include video file generation and real-time control as MWS (MATLAB Web server) features, which are useful for undergraduate courses. With these functions, using virtual processes, which in turn allow video animations of simulated processes, can enhance virtual laboratories. Furthermore, MWS allows the implementation of remote laboratories operating in batch mode. WinCom or any other suitable software can be used to implement online laboratories. These methodologies provide a straightforward approach for the developer of the teaching material, the control engineering lecturer, and a low-cost option for the student user. View full abstract»

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  • Rltool for Scilab: a public domain tool for SISO system design

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 23 - 25
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    "Rltool for Scilab" is a software tool for simulating linear systems designed for undergraduate control education. The features incorporated into this package are generally limited to what a student encounters in a first course on control systems. Every effort has been made to provide an easy to use graphical user interface and a powerful simulation environment. Rltool for Scilab aims to be as inexpensive as possible. It has zero cost, hidden or otherwise, making it an attractive choice for educational institutions with a low budget and for students who like a simple and free tool to play with control engineering concepts. View full abstract»

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  • People in control

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 10 - 14
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  • Diagnosis and Fault-Tolerant Control [Book Report]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 100 - 102
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  • In Memoriam - Neil Munro (1936-2004)

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 107
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  • IEEE Control Systems Society

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 111
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  • Integrating experimentation into control courses

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 40 - 44
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    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands, aims to provide a stimulating educational environment that emphasizes the role of hands-on experiments. To achieve this goal, the Department integrated an experimentation program with courses in the mechanical engineering bachelors curriculum, starting in the first year and gradually building in complexity through the third year. To make it possible for students to perform experiments, a new approach, which include a personal notebook, a set of 30 portable data acquisition devices, a varied set of small-scale systems, and MATLAB-based software, was introduced. This approach allow the students to plan, prepare and analyze the experiments on their own notebook computers whenever they wish. While this approach has broken through the practical barriers to large-scale experimenting, the success of further integration of student experimentation into mechanical engineering curriculum ultimately depends on the efforts and creativity of staff members. View full abstract»

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  • Pole-zero phase maps: visualization helps students develop s-plane intuition

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 84 - 87
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    This paper illustrates how pole-zero phase maps can help students to determine the phase of a transfer function from a plot of the poles and zeros. This visualization of the phase of L(s) helps students develop s-plane intuition and facilitates the introduction of the analytical tools of classical control, such as Bode plots, Nyquist diagrams, and Evans root-locus plots. View full abstract»

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  • Products for control

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 104 - 106
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  • Experiments for dynamic resource allocation, scheduling, and control: new challenges from information technology-enabled feedback control

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 63 - 79
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    To help educators design laboratories that support the study of information technology-enabled distributed feedback control, several inexpensive experiments for studying the design and implementation of distributed and networked dynamic resource allocation, scheduling, and control strategies are described. In each case, an overview of the experimental apparatus and the challenges involved were presented. For three of the testbeds, the experimental results for distributed decision-making strategies were shown. The ideas for experiment redesign highlight the existence of tradeoffs among experimental apparatus design, the choice of hardware and software, and research and educational objectives. View full abstract»

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  • A student control competition through a remote robotics lab

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 56 - 59
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    The Automatic Control Telelab (ACT) laboratory at the University of Siena, Italy, has developed a new module called the student competition system. In the ACT module, students or groups of students compete to develop the best controller for a given remote process. The competition not only stimulates students' interest in control systems but also enhances learning by facilitating the understanding of practical control design issues. View full abstract»

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  • Laboratories and real-time computing: integrating experiments into control courses

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 30 - 34
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    The paper describes the approach used at the Department of Automatic Control at Lund Institute of Technology to maintain a high level of practical laboratory experiments. The Department integrates laboratory experiments into its control courses. If the laboratory exercises are properly organized and the student volume is sufficiently large, it is possible to combine a high level of practical laboratory experiments in control education at a reasonable cost. The use of off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software are important, With desktop processes, it is possible to achieve high utilization of lab space and high student throughput. View full abstract»

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  • An interdisciplinary, interdepartmental control systems laboratory

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 50 - 55
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    The existing US paradigm of individual departmental laboratories is increasingly difficult to justify due to the interdisciplinary nature of modern control engineering, the high cost and rapid obsolescence of technology, and the demands on faculty time. A shift from departmental labs to college labs is advocated for pedagogical, as well as financial, reasons. Because laboratories are a common resource to all departments, they can be funded at the college level and can be administered by faculty from the various engineering departments. This structure has been in place for ten years at Illinois and has proven to be an effective approach to undergraduate control systems education. View full abstract»

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  • Matrix Riccati Equations in Control and Systems Theory [Book Report]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 102 - 109
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  • Can HIV/AIDS be controlled? Applying control engineering concepts outside traditional fields

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 80 - 83
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    Given the realization that students generally fall into a high-risk group, the University of Pretoria has launched several initiatives to promote the understanding of HIV among its student population. Recent initiatives include the development of an HIV/AIDS educational CD and the use of an HIV/AIDS model in an introductory control course to illustrate standard control systems materials. The University also initiated a project where students can get some idea on how HIV treatment strategies can be developed to contain the disease. Students benefit not only from the topical nature of the subject but also from an improved understanding of how control engineering concepts can be applied outside of traditional application fields. View full abstract»

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  • Design and implementation of computer control software: a low cost laboratory setup

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 26 - 29
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    Control systems are one of the main application domains for embedded computing. With the complexity of applications growing rapidly, it is important that engineers who design control systems be knowledgeable about the design procedures and challenges in embedded computing technology. To meet this need, a low cost laboratory setup for integrating diverse concepts is presented, including microprocessors, control systems, programming and software development, and electronics. A project based laboratory setup allows students to develop fundamental skills in the design and implementation of embedded computer controlled systems. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 01
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 2 - 4
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  • From the Editor - Beyond the dark side

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 5 - 6
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  • President's message - Looking back and forward

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 7 - 20
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