Special Sessions

Updates and New Initiatives from the National Science Foundation

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Location:Atlantic 4

Organizers: George Chiu, Program Director, Control Systems Program, National Science Foundation

This session will provide updates on existing interdisciplinary programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the area of Dynamic Systems and Control. Updates will be provided about opportunities for collaborative research and development in collaboration with industries and other partners. This session will also provide a glimpse on new opportunities that have been recently announced by NSF, in particular in research areas such as National Robotics Initiatives, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Cyber Infrastructure Framework for the 21st Century.

Exposing the 'Hidden' Technology of Controls (WeB7)

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Timothy Deppen, Neera Jain, and Yangmin Xie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Control systems research has had a transformative impact on people’s lives from fly-by-wire technology in aircraft to traffic control, along with numerous other examples highlighted in The Impact of Control Technology by T. Samad and A.M. Annaswamy. However, the field of control has remained “hidden” from many of the people it affects and as such its contributions go largely under-appreciated. Moreover, the gap between theoretical controls research and industry adoption of new algorithms is often large. Therefore, advances in control theory go underutilized on real-world systems where they would otherwise have a significant impact.

To bring this field to the forefront of society, it is imperative that we take ownership of the entire process, both development of the decision algorithms and implementation of said algorithms for societally relevant problems.

The objective of this special session is to provide attendees with ideas on how to increase awareness and utilization of control theory advances by ‘closing the loop’ between societal needs and the development of control theory and systems. We believe this can be achieved through research which emphasizes not just algorithm development, but rather the comprehensive process of control design: dynamic modeling, algorithm development, and experimental implementation.

With our three keynote speakers, Prof. Harry Asada, Prof. Marcia O’Malley, and Dr. Tony Phillips, we hope to lead a vibrant discussion fueled by questions such as

  • how to tighten the loop between modeling, control design, and implementation,
  • how best to position our field to be credited for both the decisions and their successful application on real-world systems,
  • and how to "bridge the gap" between academic controls research and industrial systems which can benefit from academic progress.

Truly impactful research requires that we reconsider what controls can achieve in terms of both decision development and its application to real-world problems. Through this special session we hope to advocate that we should, and can, embrace this perspective within the controls field.


Introducing and Shaping the New DSC Magazine (WeC7)

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Galip Ulsoy, University of Michigan; Peter Meckl, Purdue University; Rifat Sipahi, Northeastern University

The division is about to launch a new hybrid magazine, the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Magazine. This special session will try to accomplish two goals: (1) introduce the new magazine and (2) engage the audience in a brainstorming session to help define the new magazine. We will dedicate the majority of the time allocated for a panel discussion and suggestions from the audience, but start the session with a 15 to 20 minute presentation to introduce the new DSC Magazine.

Panelists are Galip Ulsoy (Editor), Peter Meckl (planned next Editor), Rifat Sipahi (responsible for news items), one industrial panelist and John Falcioni, Editor of ASME Mechanical Engineering Magazine. Also in the panel will be, Neera Jain, one of the organizers of the related special session on Exposing the ‘Hidden’ Technology of Controls. Participating at the session as part of the audience will be the DSC Magazine editorial board members, as well as Tim Deppen and Yangmin Xie, co-organizers of the related special session.

Vision Statement: The Dynamic Systems and Control Magazine will be a professional forum for the members of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD). It will highlight important and emerging related technology topics, Society events, and active Division participants.

DSC Magazine Goals:

  1. The expository articles selected for the DSC Magazine will be on topics of interest to the dynamic systems control community in mechanical engineering. These are topics that embody the leading edge areas in which Division members are involved.
  2. The DSC Magazine will also focus on and publicize the professional activities and members of the ASME DSCD.


The Future of Bicycle and Motorcycle Dynamics and Control (ThA7)

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Stephen M. Cain, University of Michigan; Andrew Dressel, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Mont Hubbard and Jason K. Moore, University of California, Davis; Arend L. Schwab, Delft University of Technology

Bicycle and motorcycle dynamics research has experienced a revival in the past decade. Small, robust sensor and micro-controller technologies together with the complex and mostly unstable dynamics of single track vehicles provide an excellent platform for dynamics and control studies with and without the human rider in the loop. While a good deal of progress has been made on understanding open-loop dynamics of these systems, much research is still needed to understand how to provide stability, control, and desirable handling for a human rider and to enhance our ability to exploit advanced control techniques to effectively automate the vehicle in both balance and tracking. This session will highlight some of the latest research trends in the field from robotic bicycles and motorcycle simulators to tire property measurement and identification of the human controller. Each of six presenters will give a brief "lightning" talk to highlight their latest work and set the mood for the second half of the session, an open ended discussion moderated by the chair and focused on the direction of future research in the field. In the discussion, the session participants will focus on developing a roadmap for future research ideas and identifying “low-hanging fruit” that will help accelerate research within the field.


Multi-Investigator Research Centers and Projects (ThB7)

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:45-2:45 p.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Harry Asada and Roberto Horowitz

The objective of this session is for the speakers to provide their experiential perspectives on the diverse challenges and rewards that result from envisioning, proposing, participating and/or running a multi-investigator research center or project, as well as to highlight some of the objectives and major accomplishments to date of the centers/projects that they are associated with. The session also includes Dr. Eduardo Misawa from NSF, who will provide to a funding agency’s perspective on the rewards and perils of proposing and running such centers/projects.

We hope that such a session will be of value to younger members of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division who may be considering organizing, directing and/or participating in future centers/projects.

Proposed Schedule:

  1. Dr. Eduardo Misawa, NSF - A funding agency perspective on Multi-Investigator Research Centers and Projects
  2. Professor Anna Stefanopoulou, ARC Director - Automotive Research Center (ARC) at the University of Michigan
  3. Professor Perry Li - EFRI group on wind energy storage, University of Minnesota
  4. Professor Roberto Horowitz - Freeway Corridor Operations Design and Implementation and Partners for Advanced Transportation Technologies, UC Berkeley
  5. Professor Masayoshi Tomizuka - A Hybrid Control Systems Approach to Brain-Machine Interfaces for Exoskeleton Control, UC Berkeley
  6. Professor Jeffrey Stein - A Multi-Scale Design and Control Framework for Dynamically Coupled Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructures, with Application to Vehicle-to-Grid Integration, University of Michigan


Dynamics, Control, and Diagnostics in Bio-Systems and Health Care (ThC7)

Time: Thursday, Oct. 18, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Xiaopeng Zhao, University of Tennessee; Jaydev P. Desai, University of Maryland, College Park; Jun Ueda, Georgia Institute of Technology

Organized by the ASME DSCD Sub-Technical Committee on Bio-Systems and Health Care, this Frontier Session is focused on addressing dynamic systems and control issues in bio-systems and health care. There is a significant increase in research volume and activities of the ASME members working in the field of bio-systems and health care. Dynamic systems and control issues are one of the major challenges in those activities, but their works have been published in many isolated conferences and societies where the dynamic systems and control aspect is not a focal point. The objective of this frontier session is to identify those isolated research activities and address dynamic systems and control issues that are essential and common to the diverse research topics on bio-systems and health care.

Specifically, we will discuss:

  • What are long-term research interests and goals for the Bio-Systems and Health Care Committee?
  • What is the role of dynamic systems and control in bio-systems and health care research?
  • Does the traditional discipline of dynamic systems and control meet the needs in bio-systems and health care research?
  • What sort of new tools, methodology, and theory of dynamic systems and control are needed for advancing research in bio-systems and health care?
  • How should we educate students working on bio-systems and health care research?

Speakers will be brought in from various fields of bio-systems and health care, ranging from molecular and cell biology, cellular systems and organs, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine to rehabilitation, surgical robotics, medical devices, computational methods, diagnostic techniques, monitoring technology, point-of-care, and elderly care.


Introduction to Nonlinear Controllers and Observers (FrA7)

Time: Friday, Oct. 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: The Model Identification and Intelligent Systems (MIIS) Technical Committee

Presenter: Prof. Hassan K. Khalil, University Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

This tutorial talk will give an introduction to nonlinear control and nonlinear observers. It will describe essentially nonlinear phenomena and Lyapunov’s method for studying stability. It will present techniques for nonlinear control design, including feedback linearization, backstepping, passivity-based control, and sliding mode Control. Finally it will present techniques for nonlinear observer design, including observers with linear error dynamics and high-gain observers, and will illustrate the use of such observers in output feedback control.

Prof. Khalil is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. He is the author of Nonlinear Systems and co-author of Singular Perturbation Methods in Control: Analysis and Design. He received the IEEE-CSS 1989 Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, the 2000 AACC Ragazzini Education Award, and the 2002 IFAC Control Engineering Textbook Prize. He is Fellow of IEEE and IFAC. He was the Program Chair of the 1988 ACC and the General Chair of the 1994 ACC. He was Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, and Neural Networks, and Editor of Automatica for nonlinear systems and control.


Overview and Research within the NSF Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) (FrB7)

Time: Friday, Oct. 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Salon B

Organizers: Kim A. Stelson, University of Minnesota; Perry Y. Li, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

This goal of this session is to provide an introduction to the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The CCEFP is a NSF supported Engineering Research Center (ERC) that started in 2006 and consists of a network of 7 universities, over 50 industry members and various outreach organizations. Such an introduction is intended to illustrate the organization, operation and challenges in an ERC.

The session consists of an overview presentation, and several sample research presentations. The overview including mission, vision and strategy will be presented. A key feature of an ERC is a "systems" focus that is driven by the use of test beds. Thus, the coordination of test beds and research projects will be described. Some of the challenges in operating an Engineering Research Center will also be discussed. These include research, education and outreach, diversity, finances, working with NSF and industry, communication and coordination, and maintaining morale. A series of short presentations will highlight successful projects and test beds. The special challenges of sustainability, that is, maintaining funding after NSF support will be described. Suggestions for future Engineering Research Centers in the mechanical engineering and system dynamics and controls area will be presented.