Applied Control Research Laboratory
&
Advanced Engineering Research Laboratory

http://academic.csuohio.edu/aerl

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Tel: 216-687-3528 Email: z.gao@csuohio.edu

 Mission: To establish a strong, interdisciplinary, research and development base for industrial control. To help local business to achieve and maintain the state of art control technology. To provide problem solving expertise in process control, motion control, medical electronics, distributed control systems, etc.  To maintain a hands-on learning environment for students to develop and apply new technologies to solve real-world problems. 

Director: Zhiqiang Gao, Ph.D., Associate Professor

 

Senior Research Scientist: Jack R. Zeller, Associate Professor Emeritus

 

Research Assistants:

 

Industry Partners:

Areas of Expertise:

·         Advanced nonlinear control algorithm development:

Nonlinear PID, active disturbance rejection, self-tuning control, system identification, fuzzy logic, adaptive control, robust control, distributed control systems;

·         Hardware in the loop simulation and rapid prototyping: electronic design, circuit layout, in-circuit emulation, enclosure, testing;

·         Development of digital control at all levels:

            PC based process control system

DSP board (customer design and out-of-shelf) based system

Microcontroller/DSP chip based systems using: Intel 8096, Intel 80196, Motorola HC11E9, Motorola HC12A4, TI320 series;

·         Intelligent signal processing;

·         Real-time Fault Diagnosis/Identification.

 

Industrial Control Projects Conducted:

 

·         Self-Tuning Web Tension Regulation

·         Advanced Industrial Temperature Control

·         Automated Screw Fastening for a Assembly Line

·         Pressure Control for a Medical Electronics Application

·         High Speed Motion Control In a Manufacturing Process

·         On-line Motor Vibration Analysis In a Manufacturing Process

·         Applications of Fuzzy Logic Control

·         Nonlinear digital control applications in space power electronics

 

About the Director: Dr. Gao joined the Fenn College of Engineering in 1990, upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  The driving force behind his work is to bridge the gap between control research and the engineering practice and make research relevant to industrial applications, which lead to the establishment of the Applied Control Research Lab in 1995 and the Advanced Engineering Research Lab in 1999. Dr. Gao was the author or co-author of many journal and conference publications, encompassing areas such as linear systems, robust stability, system identification, fuzzy logic control, real-time self-tuning, fault-tolerant control system, manufacturing system, etc.  He was also invited to give seminars, workshops, and training courses on various topics related to advances in control technology at the  ISA Meetings, NASA Glenn Research Center, AlliedSignal, Energizer, Allen-Bradley, Bailey Control, Ohio Aerospace Institute, University of Akron, etc.

 

Recent Publications (2000-2001)

 

All of papers below are in Adobe PDF format

Doctoral Dissertation and M.S. Thesis Complete at ACRL and AERL

 

Doctor of Engineering

·         Novel Control Approaches For Web Tension RegulationYi Hou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, July 2001.

·         On High Performance Servo Control Solutions for Hard Disk Drive”, Shaohua Hu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, April 27, 2001.

·         “A Novel Feedback Control Approach to a Class of Anti-Lock Brake Problems”, Fangjun Jiang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, May 1, 2000.

·         “A Model Based Approach to Vibration Analysis and Diagnosis”, Ihab Wattar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, April 24, 2000.

 

M.S.E.E.

·         “System Identification from Frequency Response Using Matrix Interpolation Theory”, Razvan V. Savescu, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Oct. 1992.

·         “Linear Model Following Design Approach and Stability Robustness in Reconfigurable Control Systems”, Nitin Dhayagude, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, August 1993.

·         “A Computer Algorithm for Multi-input multi-output system identification Using Chebychev Polynomials”, Bruce Tabachnik, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, May 1994.

·         “Fuzzy Logic Control of Linear Systems with Variable Time Delay”, James G. Dawson, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, June 1994.

·         “Matrix Interpolation Based Self-Tuning Web Tension Regulation”, Brian Boulter, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, October 1995.

·         “Self-Tuning Temperature Control Using Fuzzy Logic”, Thomas A. Trautzsch, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, June 1996.

·         “A New Method of Designing Automated Tape Wrapping”, Seung Lee, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, December 1996.

·         “A Microcontroller Based General Purpose Control System Development Platform”, Jianming Zhao, , Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, March 1997.

·         “Modified PID Control of Pneumatic Valves with Hysteresis”, Majed M. Hamdan, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, April 1997.

·         “Fuzzy Logic Position Control of a Servo Motor”, Wilfred Nonnenmacher, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, April 1997.

·         "Fuzzy Logic Positional Servo Motor Control Development Platform", David J. Elliott, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, June 1997.

·         "Optimizing Servo Motor Selection for Rapid Incremental Motion Applications", Tianli Liu, Department of Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, September 1997.

·         “Self-Tuning Control Systems Using Matrix Interpolation”, Richard J. Eucker, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, December 17, 1998.

·         “A Novel Design Approach and Software Implementation for Servo Systems”, Chunming Yang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, December 17, 1998.

·         “A Practical Design Approach for Micro-Controller Based Control Systems”, Weiping Zou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, December, 1999

·         “Digital Control of a 1-KW DC-DC Switching Power Converter”, Tomislav J. Stimac, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, December, 2000.