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Mitsubishi Electric

National Electric





2010 American Control Conference -- ACC2010
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
June 30 - July 2, 2010


United Technologies Research Center

National Instruments


Mitsubishi Electric MERL

General Electric





Title:Research in Analysis, Design, and Control of Complex Uncertain Dynamical Systems at United Technologies Research Center
Sponsor:United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)
Speakers:Sonja Glavaski Group Leader, Control Systems, UTRC
Andrzej Banaszuk     Fellow, Dynamics and Control, UTRC
Time: Wednesday, 11:45-13:15 (lunch provided)
Location:     Salon I
Contact: Andrzej Banaszuk

Abstract: United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is an internationally recognized corporate research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that conducts research and development across a range of technology areas to drive its mission of "growth through innovation." UTRC partners with UTC business units and renowned external research organizations to impact organic growth of the Corporation through new product and process innovations. The operating units of UTC include: Pratt & Whitney (aircraft engines), Sikorsky (helicopters), Otis (elevators and escalators), Carrier (HVAC systems), Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace systems), UTC Power (including UTC Fuel Cells and Combined Heat & Power products), and UTC Fire & Security (products & services). We will present UTRC research in the area of analysis, design, and control of complex uncertain dynamical systems. Featured application will include intelligent safe, secure, and energy efficient building systems with special focus on model-based occupancy estimation. We will also present job opportunities at UTRC including modeling and control of complex HVAC, Building, and Aerospace systems.


Title:Opportunities at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
Sponsor:Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
Speakers:Scott Bortoff Group Manager, Mechatronics, MERL
Vijay Shilpiekandula     Research Scientist, Mechatronics, MERL
Time: Wednesday, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)
Location:     Salon VII
Contact: Scott Bortoff

Abstract: MERL is the North American R&D organization for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), a $35B global manufacturer of electrical products including building systems, energy systems, space systems, factory automation equipment, automotive electronics and visual information systems. Researchers at MERL collaborate with MELCO's corporate R&D laboratories, MELCO business units in Japan and academic partners around the world to extend the performance envelope of these systems. As an open corporate lab, researchers at MERL publish their results and measure their performance by the impact they have on MELCO and the field.

In this presentation we describe MELCO's business, discuss mechatronics and controls research at MERL and describe opportunities for employment and collaboration. MERL's mechatronics group is growing its R&D portfolio with an emphasis on application of advanced control and dynamical systems theory. Fundamental areas of current research interest include nonlinear and hybrid control, adaptive control, statistical learning theory, nonlinear dynamical systems and large-scale heterogeneous systems. Areas of application include elevators, HVAC, power generation and distribution, satellites, robot manipulators, servo systems and laser processing machines. 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.


Title: Advanced Control Topics at GE - Opportunities & Challenges
Sponsor: GE Global Research Center
Speakers: Stephane Renou Manager, Automation & Controls, GE GRC
Kit Siu Control Systems Engineer, GE GRC
Aditya Kumar Control Systems Engineer, GE GRC
Fernando D'amato Control Systems Engineer, GE GRC
Charudatta Mehendale     Control Systems Engineer, GE GRC
Roger Fittro Control Systems Engineer, GE GRC
Time: Wednesday, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)
Location:     Salon IX
Contact: Kit Siu

Abstract: GE businesses span a broad range of applications ranging from aircraft engines, to wind and gas/steam turbines and locomotive engines. The static and dynamic performance requirements on these applications are getting more and more challenging. Additionally, integration of subsystems like aircraft engine and flight management, and large-scale systems like IGCC or combined cycle plant for power generation and wind turbine farms are becoming more prevalent. These demanding applications require advanced linear and nonlinear controls, optimization, integration of controls and design, and integration of algorithm and sensing/control hardware to meet the system requirements. GE Global Research works with multiple GE businesses including Energy, Aviation, Rail and Water to provide advanced controls solutions. This session will provide an overview of these programs and highlight some challenges and opportunities in some specific areas like plant-level optimization and control, wind turbine control, and practical challenges in real-time generation and use of linear models for advanced model-based controls and estimation.


Title: Teaching Control Systems with Industry in Mind: New Interactive Educational Content
Sponsor: The MathWorks
Speaker: Bora Eryilmaz     Senior Team Lead, MathWorks
Time: Wednesday, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)
Location:     Salon IV
Contact: Drew McGrady

Abstract: In its 2009 Controls Curriculum Survey, the IEEE Control System Society identified the gaps between control system education and industry expectations of entry-level control engineers. In January 2010, MathWorks developed new interactive educational materials for online access. These materials support the teaching of control systems with MATLAB and Simulink and help address the needs of industry. Additionally, the MathWorks control system design tools have added new capabilities that also help address these industry needs. In this session you will learn how you can incorporate these new materials into your courses and leverage the new product capabilities in your teaching and research.


Title: Rapid Deployment of Graphical and Textual Code to Real-Time Targets
Sponsor: National Instruments
Speaker: Jeannie Sullivan Falcon     Principal Engineer, National Instruments
Time: Wednesday, 18:15-19:00 (refreshments provided)
Location:     Salon I
Contact: Jeannie Sullivan Falcon

Abstract: This presentation will focus on the deployment of graphical and textual algorithms to a wide variety of real-time targets. Several approaches can be used for real-time programming including graphical data flow and signal flow along with textual .m files and C. The real-time targets include rugged embedded control systems, board-only embedded systems and single board computers, industrial PCs, and desktops. Several applications will be discussed including examples from the fields of mobile robotics, autonomous vehicles, biomedical devices, and green engineering. Tools for control prototyping will be demonstrated along with online system identification and hardware-in-the-loop testing.