Alternative energy and distributed generation
Develop models of power systems to study the effects
of increasing the amount of distributed generation.
Characterize alternative energy sources and assess their
impact as a larger number of them are integrated into
the power system. Effects at both the distribution- and
transmission-level are of interest as are techniques for
coordinating and controlling their behavior.
Electric power systems
Develop methodologies based upon dynamic systems and control
theory for application to electric power systems. Primary
areas of interest are in characterizing effects of control
devices across the network and estimating unknown information
(e.g., load composition and equipment failures) using
Mobile robots and manipulators
Develop mobile robots capable of navigating through rugged,
unstructured environments out of an operator's line-of-sight.
Applications of interest include surveillance, and land-mine
detection and remediation.
Develop control strategies for robotic manipulators that
provide desirable accuracy and stability properties.
Nonlinear and adaptive control
Develop techniques for controlling nonlinear systems in the
presence of uncertainty regarding model and environment.
Adaptive control compensates for disturbances and uncertainty,
and continually improves performance.