Title :

Passive Mechanical Synthesis and Control

Speaker :

Prof. Michael Z. Q. Chen

School of Automation

Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China

Venue :

Room 215, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Jun 22, 2010, Tuesday
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Abstract :

This talk will discuss some recent work on the synthesis of general passive mechanical impedances and its application to problems of mechanical control. The need for a new modelling element (the inerter) will be explained and its mechanical construction discussed. The recent deployment of the inerter in Formula One racing cars will be described. Recent results on restricted complexity synthesis will be presented.

Biography :

Prof. Michael Z. Q. Chen was born in Shanghai. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2003 with a B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and from Cambridge University in 2007 with a Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester, England. He is currently a Professor (since 2009) and a PhD advisor (since 2010) in the School of Automation, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, a Life Fellow of the Cambridge Overseas Trust, and a member of the IEEE. Since 2008 he has been a reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits & Systems, Automatica, the International Journal of Robust & Nonlinear Control, the International Journal of Adaptive Control & Signal Processing, the International Journal of Systems Science, and the Journal of Sound & Vibration, amongst others. He is now a Guest Associate Editor for the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos and an external reviewer for the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. His research interests include: passive network synthesis, vehicle suspensions, complex networks, and statistical mechanics.

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