Conference Sponsors

Industrial sponsors are actively involved in the 2012 DSCC/MOVIC conference. An array of activities, including industry-organized lunch-time sessions, exhibits of latest products and solutions, and speed CV dating targeted at graduate students and post-docs, are offered.

Platinum Sponsor: Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.


Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) is a global machinery and technology company with consolidated annual sales of over US$8B. It offers products and solutions in a wide spectrum, ranging from leading-edge precision machinery, mechatronic components, and a variety of industrial machinery to ships and large-scale plants, including water plants and energy plants.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries is the official sponsor of the Sunset Cruise on Thursday, October 18. All the participants of the 2012 DSCC/MOVIC conference are invited to enjoy a two-hour boat cruise along the picturesque waterway of Fort Lauderdale before the award banquet.

Silver Sponsor: Eaton Corporation


Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that make electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power operate more efficiently, effectively, safely, and sustainably. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety.

Silver Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

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Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures and distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. Product Development is where the engineering ideas come to life to make the road an exciting destination and the world a better place.  Controls and software are now critical to delivering nearly every new vehicle technology.  New engine, transmission, electrification, vehicle dynamics, active safety and infotainments systems all rely on controls to provide the function and experience that our customers expect.  The product development cycle spans from concept to production, meaning there are opportunities to work on controls whether you are interested in research or implementation.

Silver Sponsor: Mathworks, Inc.


MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on its products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development. MATLAB and Simulink enable the design and development of a wide range of advanced products, including automotive systems, aerospace flight control and avionics, telecommunications and other electronics equipment, industrial machinery, and medical devices. More than 5000 colleges and universities around the world use MATLAB and Simulink for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines.

Silver Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory is the North American R&D organization for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a global manufacturer of electrical products including elevators, HVAC systems, electrical power systems, satellites, factory automation equipment, automotive electronics and visual information systems. Researchers at MERL collaborate with corporate R&D laboratories, business units in Japan and academic partners around the world to extend the performance envelope of these systems.

Silver Sponsor: National Instruments Corporation


Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. NI’s graphical system design approach provides an integrated software and hardware platform that simplifies development of any system that needs measurement and control.


Sponsored Sessions

National Instruments Session: Software and Hardware Tools for Control System Design, Prototyping, and Deployment

Time: Wednesday, October 17, 11.30am-12.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Grand Salon B

National Instruments has introduced several software development frameworks, commonly referred to as “models of computation,” into a unified graphical system design platform. Examples include text-based math (including user-developed .m files), C code, UML compatible state-charts, data flow and signal flow. This software can be used to target both real-time processors and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA’s). This presentation will include software and hardware demonstrations along with real-world case studies in the areas of power and power distribution, transportation, robotics, biomedical devices, and education.  An in-depth discussion of a new power electronics design and prototyping platform will also be included.  A drawing for a free real-time board-only target will be held at the end of the session.

Speaker: Ben Black, Staff Systems Engineer, Advanced Control, National Instruments

Mitsubishi Electric Session

Time: Wednesday, October 17, 11.30am-12.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Atlantic 1

In this presentation we describe MELCO’s businesses, discuss mechatronics and controls research at MERL and describe opportunities for collaboration and employment. Areas of current research interest include optimal control especially of nonlinear and hybrid systems, Model Predictive Control, nonlinear dynamical systems, and modeling and control of multi-physical heterogeneous systems. Research projects at MERL typically address fundamental problems that are industrially-motivated, and involve application of advanced control theory or dynamical systems theory to MELCO products resulting in new technology that is transferred into the corporate R&D laboratories for subsequent product development. Areas of current application include elevators, HVAC, power generation and distribution, satellites, robot manipulation, servo systems and laser processing systems.  MERL has a tradition of open collaboration and hosts visitors and interns especially during the summer months when our population increases by 50%. Researchers and students who have an interest in collaboration, visits, sabbatical leaves or permanent employment are invited.

Mathworks Session: New Controls Tutorials for Matlab and Simulink

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 11.30am-12.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Grand Salon B

Organizers: Rick Hill, University of Detroit Mercy; Bora Eryilmaz, Mathworks


Join Professor Rick Hill and Dr. Bora Eryilmaz for a demonstration and discussion on enhancing student learning with Control Tutorials for MATLAB and Simulink.
Professor Rick Hill will demonstrate and discuss the redesigned Control Tutorials for MATLAB and Simulink. These popular Web-based tutorials now feature a modern design, enhanced content, and the latest control design and analysis capabilities available in MATLAB and Simulink Student Version. Learn about the various ways in which the Control Tutorials have been used in control system courses to enhance how students learn essential control design techniques. Dr. Bora Eryilmaz will provide a demonstration of Simulink support for low-cost hardware targets, such as Arduino boards, to help expand your students’ experience with practical control applications. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for an Arduino Mega 2560 board. Registration for this session is recommended (

About the Presenters:
Professor Rick Hill teaches controls, dynamics, instrumentation, mechatronic design, and numerical methods. His research interests are in discrete-event system modeling and control, nonlinear control, and vehicle and manufacturing applications. Dr. Hill holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Bora Eryilmaz is a development manager in the Control and Identification team at MathWorks. His current focus areas include practical design of PID controllers and building intuitive graphical user interfaces for control system design. He has taught graduate and senior-level classes in control systems at Northeastern University as a part-time lecturer. Bora holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University, Boston.

Sumitomo Session

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 11.30am-12.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Grand Salon A

The SHI (Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd.) Group is pursuing business development across a wide spectrum of fields, ranging from leading-edge precision machinery and components through a broad variety of industrial machinery to ships and large-scale plants. The Group consistently offers first-class products and services that maximize customer value in each of these business fields while striving to secure high market shares and profitability. At the same time, we are strengthening inter-segment R&D collaboration in an effort to promote the development of innovative products. In this session, we will present the company outline, topics of research & development in precision mechatronics and control systems, and a collaboration project with MIT on new actuators.

Ford Session: Go Further at Ford

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 11.30am-12.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Atlantic 1

In 1903 with $28,000 in cash, Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company, whose automobiles changed how the world moved.  Now Ford’s 166,000 world-wide employees are working together as ONE team to produce a full line of passenger cars, cross-over / sport utility vehicles, light trucks and commercial vehicles.  The new Ford vehicles are characterized by exciting dynamic designs, innovative SYNC advanced connectivity, and industry leading fuel economy and performance through customer power of choice in EcoBoost gas engines, diesel engines, and various electrified powertrains.  Come join us for a lunch session to learn about Ford’s business, research and development activities, various career paths at Ford, and career opportunities in powertrain, vehicle dynamics, connectivity, safety, and electrified vehicle systems and control.  Discover a company focused on Going Further.


The Industrial Sponsors' exhibits will take place in Grad Salon C during the following time periods:

Wednesday, October 17, 9.00am-6.00pm

Thursday, October 18, 9.00am-6.00pm

Friday, October 19, 9.00am-12.30pm

Exhibit Map

Speed CV Dating

The Industrial Sponsors will participate in Speed CV Dating, which takes place at 6.00pm-7.30pm on Wednesday in Salon E. Please see the student web page for more details.