Transforming Engineering Education: A Panel Discussion
Organizers: A. Galip Ulsoy and Eduardo Misawa
Moderator: A. Galip Ulsoy
Monday, Track A, Ballroom C (MoAT7)
Several studies and workshops have pointed to the fact that the challenge for engineering schools in the USA is how to educate engineers that provides five times the value added when compared to the global competition. A panel of experts will summarize their opinions and some of the earlier reports and recommendations. They will present the challenges and opportunities that the engineering community is facing; of particular interest will be role that the dynamic systems and controls professionals and academics can play in shaping the future for our future colleagues.
- Will Durfee – Professor and Director of Design Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
- A. Galip Ulsoy – C.D. Mote, Jr. Distinguished University Professor and William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
- Chuck Vest – President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- William J. Wepfer – Professor and Vice Provost for Distance Learning and Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dynamic System and Control Issues in Bio-Systems and Health Care
Offered by: ASME DSCD Bio-Systems & Health Care Sub-Technical Committee
Organizer: H. Harry Asada
Monday, Track C – Ballroom C (MoCT7)
The focus of this Frontier Session is to address 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 is the role of dynamic systems and control in bio-systems and health care research?
- What are long-term research interests and goals for us in the DSCD?
- 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, health monitoring, point-of-care, and elderly care.
Tentative speakers include:
- Jaydev P. Desai – Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
- Xiaopeng Zhao – Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee
- Jun Ueda – G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering,Georgia Institute of Technology
- H. Harry Asada – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Industry Session I:
Teaching Control Systems with the Latest MATLAB Capabilities
Speaker: Bora Eryilmaz – Engineering Manager, Control and Identification Group, Mathworks
Monday, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Ballroom C (lunch provided)
Control systems are present in many applications and disciplines, including robotics, mechatronics, and renewable energy. Join us to learn about recently introduced MATLAB and Control System Toolbox capabilities that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in control systems classes. In this session, we’ll present industry-relevant techniques and capabilities that help students understand control system design and analysis. Additionally, we will demonstrate techniques to help you share MATLAB code and course examples with a wider audience through the web.
- Code publishing of course examples and exercises to the web (HTML, PDF) directly from your MATLAB code
- PID controller design capabilities in MATLAB and Simulink
- Working with time-delay systems and analysis of feedback systems with internal delays
- Working with multiple plant models for approximate robust controller design using the SISO Design Tool
The session will also provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions with a senior MathWorks developer in the controls area.
Industry Session II:
Rapid Deployment of Control Code to Real-Time Targets
Sponsor: National Instruments
- Jeannie Falcon, Chief Engineer, Control and Simulation, National Instruments
- Andy Chang, Control Systems Engineer, National Instruments
Tuesday, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, Ballroom C (appetizers and drinks provided)
National Instruments has introduced a number of high-level development frameworks, commonly referred to as “models of computation,” into a unified graphical system design platform. Examples include text-based math (including user-developed .m files), signal flow (for dynamic systems), C code, UML compatible statecharts, and data flow.
This software can also be used to target multicore processors, off-the-shelf real-time and FPGA-based systems as well as custom microprocessor and microcontroller devices. This presentation will include live demonstrations of real-time control system deployment to embedded targets. Various case studies in the areas of robotics, green engineering, biomedical devices, education, and manufacturing will also be presented.
A drawing for a free real-time board-only target will be held at the end of the session.
Industry Session III:
How Quanser Can Help You Advance Your Research
Monday, October 31, 6:00 – 6:45 pm, Ernest Hemingway Salon 1 (appetizers and drinks provided)
Too many research projects are adversely affected by inadequate preparation or insufficient knowledge of available resources. That is totally unnecessary when leading edge tools and resources exist to help researchers focus on what’s most important – the
In this 45-minute presentation, Quanser will explain how it has helped researchers around the world avoid serious developmental obstacles and move forward to achieve their research goals in a timely and efficient manner.
The presentation will include case studies, videos and live demonstrations. A wide range of research topics will be discussed, including unmanned vehicle systems, mechatronics and haptics. Our presenters will show that Quanser has helped researchers speed up their work. The process requires early engagement of a Quanser Academic Solutions Advisor; meetings between researchers and Quanser experts to discuss research goals, available products and processes; and agreement on a collaborative plan of action.
The individual project and goals determines if the collaborative plan of action is simple or multi-dimensional. Solutions typically range from utilizing simple control design software, software plus hardware, design consultation with Quanser engineers, to engaging Quanser to build prototypes to the research team’s specifications. Two decades of experience and relationships with over 2,500 universities and research institutions worldwide are behind the solutions that will be discussed.
This is a presentation that shouldn’t be missed.