Decision and Control
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.
Second year aerospace engineering graduate student Andy Borum was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
CSL graduate student Navid Aghasadeghi's work to develop the backbone of a computerized lower-limb prostheses that allows amputees to walk with a natural gait was featured in an orthopedic and prosthetic device trade publication, The O&P Edge.
According to the Amputee Coalition of America, there are approximately 1.7 million people in the United States living with limb loss and over 1 million lower-limb amputees. The number of lower-limb amputees is expected to double by 2050, especially due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Complications of diabetes can cause poor circulation and nerve damage, leading to amputation.
A team of Engineering at Illinois students, including students of CSL professors Seth Hutchinson and Soon-Jo Chung, have designed and built a small drone aircraft to participate in a national Unmanned-Aerial-Surveillance (UAS) competition in October.
Coordinated Science Laboratory alumnus Serdar Yüksel has received the 2013 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. The award recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics done primarily in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian university.
Chung's NSF CAREER Award: Using robotic birds of prey to prevent airport bird strikes
Aimee Rickman, a Ph.D. student in human and community development and a research assistant for CSL Professor Christian Sandvig, has a long list of honors and awards for the work she has done studying the social construction of adolescence. Now she can add two new honors to that list: a 2012-13 fellowship from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and the Sadker Dissertation Award from the Myra Sadker Foundation.