Decision and Control
A group of CSL Professor Tim Bretl's Illinois students have developed a 3D printed prosthetic hand that is helping amputees at a much more afforadable price.
When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast in late October 2012, the “superstorm” disrupted traffic in New York City for more than five days, but the evacuation proceeded relatively efficiently with only minor delays, according to transportation researchers at the University of Illinois.
Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems continues, there is a growing need to ensure that these systems are safe and reliable before they are deployed – especially in fields where failure could be fatal.
A new paradigm has emerged for control systems. During the past 20 years, engineers and theorists have shifted away from control systems that are centralized, where one agent, the leader or control center, broadcasts commands and information to every other agent. Increasingly, researchers are realizing that many control systems – from decentralized power distribution systems to auction systems – can be configured as a collection of interacting autonomous agents.
On March 25, both the business and technology news pages excitedly announced Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of a virtual reality gaming headset called Oculus Rift.
CSL researchers are part of a team that received $950K from NSF to study cyber-physical-human systems and explore how humans need to be part of the equation of automation.
CSL Professor Tamer Başar (ECE) has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Control Systems Award for his prolific and innovative career.
Many small- to medium-sized businesses are currently in “no-man’s land” when it comes to automating the manufacture of compliant parts, as they don’t produce enough volume or capital to justify the use of traditional industrial robots or approaches to automation. This often requires them to use manual labor to craft their products.
Networked control systems operate like teams. Take smart grids for example: those responsive, automated power networks that are on the ever-nearing technological horizon. The sensors that determine power consumption at individual houses or production at single wind turbines are like the reconnaissance team members in a game of capture the flag, the spies crawling under bushes at the frontline.
At Farm Progress this week, researchers will deploy a new system, TrafficTurk, to study traffic patterns around the show.