Networked Control

Systems where control loops are closed through a real-time network.
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Visible to the public Precision Medicine Faculty position at the University of California Santa Cruz (Medical CPS)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure track (Assistant Professor) in Precision Medicine. We seek outstanding applicants who have demonstrated research and teaching expertise in one or more areas related to precision medicine, including but not limited to: devices and systems for diagnostics; genomics; proteomics; and signal analysis and communication theory applied to biosensors and biosignals.

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Visible to the public CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Control of Vehicular Traffic Flow via Low Density Autonomous Vehicle

Explanation of Demonstration: Traffic waves will arise in the absence of bottlenecks as a result of human driving behavior alone. We conduct an experiment on a ring-road track to demonstrate the ability of a single autonomous vehicle in a flow of human-piloted vehicles to dampen these waves. In this demonstration, we presented a virtual reality video of the experiment.

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Visible to the public CPS: Small: A Convex Framework for Control of Interconnected Systems over Delayed Networks

Recent years have seen an explosion in the use of ad-hoc, IP-based and Wifi networks for control of spatially-distributed physical systems, with applications including automotive fleets; swarms of UAVs; remote surgery; and optimization of sensor networks. These new forms of communication have dramatically decreased the cost, energy, and maintenance associated with remote regulation, but have added fundamental challenges in the form of delay, packet drops, and intermittent feedback.

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Visible to the public CPS: Synergy: Tracking Fish Movement with a School of Gliding Robotic Fish

The goal of this project is to create an integrative framework for the design of coupled biological and robotic systems that accommodates system uncertainties and competing objectives in a rigorous, holistic, and effective manner. The design principles are developed using a concrete, end-to-end application of tracking and modeling fish movement with a network of gliding robotic fish. The proposed robotic platform is an energy-efficient underwater gliding robotic fish that travels by changing its buoyancy and mass distribution (gliding) or by flapping tail fin (swimming).