Jessy Grizzle, Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, has
been named Fellow of the
International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), "For outstanding
contributions to nonlinear control theory and to applications in automotive
and robotic systems."
Prof. Grizzle is
well-known in the robotic community for his work with the bipedal robot
MABEL. A recent video showed MABEL attempting to regain balance after
encountering uneven ground, an important step to using robots for search and
rescue operations, as well as other activities in non-controlled
environments. He is coauthor of the book, Feedback Control of Dynamic
Bipedal Robot Locomotion, and was named to the Scientific American Top
50 Technologists of 2006.
Prof. Grizzle has worked with the automotive industry for more than two
decades, most recently in the area of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles
with Ford Motor Company. He and doctoral candidate Dan Opila are using
control theory to improve fuel economy in these vehicles, designing a
controller that allows for faster and more complete exploration of design
tradeoffs than has been possible in the past.
The IFAC Fellow Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding
and extraordinary contributions in the field of interest of IFAC, in the
role as an Engineer/Scientist, Technical Leader, or Educator. IFAC was
founded in 1956, and the first group of fellows were elected in 2005.
Prof. Grizzle will be presented with a certificate and pin at the IFAC
World Congress in Milan, Italy, August 28-September 2, 2011.
Posted: July 14, 2010 by
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