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Lawrence, Dale A Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Lawrence's research centers on the theory and application of control systems. His work is driven by the needs of applications, including autonomous micro aerial vehicles, visual/haptic computer interfaces, spacecraft attitude control, and dexterous teleoperation for micro surgery. This work is highly interdisciplinary, requiring integrated development of mechanical, electronic, real-time computing, modeling, and human interface technologies, together with dynamics and control theory.

keywords

  • control system analysis and design, non-linear systems, adaptive control, system identification, hapitc interfaces, teleoperation, unmanned aerial vehicles, spacecraft attitude control, microactuators, active vibration isolation, UAV guidance and control

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ASEN 3128 - Aircraft Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Develops the fundamental concepts of aircraft dynamics. Covers flight mechanics, performance, dynamics and control of aircraft and how they impact aircraft design. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 4028 - Senior Projects 2: Design Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on the fabrication, integration, verification and validation of designs produced in ASEN 4018. Students work within the same teams from ASEN 4018. Department consent required. Offered spring only.
  • ASEN 4114 - Automatic Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Methods of analysis and design of feedback control for dynamic systems. Covers nyquist, bode and linear quadratic methods based on frequency domain and state space models. Laboratory experiments provide exposure to computation for simulation and real time control, and typical control system sensors and actuators. Same as ASEN 5114.
  • ASEN 5014 - Linear Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces the theory of linear systems, including vector spaces, linear equations, structure of linear operators, state space descriptions of dynamic systems, and state feedback control methods. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 3200 or equivalent or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 5114 - Automatic Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Methods of analysis and design of feedback control for dynamic systems. Covers nyquist, bode and linear quadratic methods based on frequency domain and state space models. Laboratory experiments provide exposure to computation for simulation and real time control, and typical control system sensors and actuators. Recommended prerequisites: ASEN 3128 and ASEN 3200 or equivalent or instructor consent required. Same as ASEN 4114.
  • ASEN 6024 - Nonlinear Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces the analysis and control design methods for nonlinear systems, including Lyapunov and Describing Function methods.
  • MCEN 5228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 credit hours. Same as MCEN 4228.

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