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Estimation and Control of Thin-film Piezoelectric Microactuators with Uncertain, Nonlinear Dynamics

Kenn Oldham

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Friday, March 18, 2016
3:00pm - 4:00pm
1005 EECS

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About the Event

This seminar discusses recent results from the University of Michigan Microdynamics Laboratory on the application of modeling and control techniques for dynamic systems to the development of advanced microactuation technologies. The talk focuses on development of high-performance thin-film lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) microactuators, and the impact of nonlinear dynamics that arise from large deflections, material nonlinearities, and contact mechanics. Strategies for addressing these nonlinearities during position tracking and control are introduced based on principles from the hybrid system and robust control fields. The development of millimeter-scale walking micro-robots is used as an example of combined actuation, sensing, and control development, with additional examples drawn from work on medical endomicroscopy systems and inertial sensor calibration stages.


Kenn R. Oldham is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prof. Oldham received the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 and the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. He joined the University of Michigan in 2007 following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Army Research Laboratory. Prof. Oldham and his research group study the intersection of control systems and micro-scale sensing and actuation, with interests in design for controllability, optimal and robust control, and novel sensor and actuator design. Applications of this research include terrestrial micro-robotics, endoscopic microscopy, and inertial and physiological sensing.

Additional Information

Contact: Trasa Burkhardt

Phone: 3-2126


Sponsor(s): WIMS2

Faculty Sponsor: Yogesh Gianchandani

Open to: Public