Motion Control and Drives Laboratory

About

The Motion Control and Drives Laboratory specializes in experimental research in real-time software/hardware systems and control in a broad range of industrial systems applications. The laboratory supports undergraduate/graduate education and research in hardware-in-the-loop simulation and rapid prototyping, real-time computing software/hardware systems, advanced modeling and control techniques, digital controller prototyping, intelligent and learning control systems, variable frequency power electronic motor drives, with an emphasis on emerging applications in areas ranging from robotics, mechatronics, intelligent structures, renewable energy and smart grids, factory automation, motion control business, building automation and smart homes, power system automation and SCADA, and research applications related to Homeland Security. Graduate students, undergraduate students, and other engineers carry out research projects in the lab under supervision of faculty members in Electrical Engineering and in collaboration with personnel from other departments, government and industrial laboratories. Participating students come from a variety of backgrounds, and may specialize in electrical or mechanical engineering, or engineering systems.

The laboratory includes the capability to provide electrical and mechanical testing of motor drives, power electronics development and testing, and motor loss measurement. The centerpiece of this lab is a state-of-the-art real-time dSPACE DSP-based data acquisition and control system built from commercial-off-the-shelf digital hardware and software components. The lab also includes several high-power test benches for experimental validation.

The laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art analysis and design tools, such as MATLAB, SIMULINK, Fuzzy Logic toolbox, Neural Networks toolbox, System Identification and Adaptive Control toolbox, Nonlinear Control design toolbox, C++ Math Library, MATHCAD, Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, and Lab View.

Goals

The laboratory is structured to meet the following goals: to provide hands-on education and training for students, to address industrial needs in engineering education, to improve student competencies in communication skills and teamwork, and to develop student research skills. More information on our goals.

Activities

The laboratory is structured to support activities for students through which they learn firsthand how to operate the project-specific hardware; design, build, assemble, and configure the necessary components; and write or utilize project-specific software. More information on our activities.

People

The laboratory was founded by Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Chair Ahmed Rubaai in 2004. Dr. Rubaai further developed the laboratory through a Moog Aerospace grant. More information on team members.

Research

The research focus of this laboratory is on the coordination of the emerging, digitally controlled electric power grid, control and standardization of grid-connected power-electronic equipment and smart monitoring devices, and utilization of energy through the application of sensor networks, intelligent control systems, and the integration of simulation, optimization and design, while assuring communication/data security of such devices installed in the nation’s smart grids. More information on research projects.

News

Cooley Pays it Forward with Tech 4.0 STEAM Technology Teen Workshop

Fri, September 6, 2019

Computer Science Senior Jasmon Cooley is paying it forward with her non-profit startup Tech 4.0. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Cooley witnessed the absence of engineers and information technology professionals in her environment. She recognized this as a lack of available opportunities and resources. Her goal is to create a pipeline for African American engineering talent, multiplying the number of African American engineers in the United States. Read More >>

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Fri, August 23, 2019

Electrical engineering Ph.D. student Christian Diaz-Caez was selected to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) IRES project as a visiting graduate researcher at Tsinghua University this summer. The U.S. News and World Report ranks Tsinghua University as No. 1 in Global Universities in China rankings. Read More >>

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