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Pao, Lucy Y Professor and Palmer Chair

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  • Professor Pao's current research interests are in control systems (with applications to flexible structures, disk drives, atomic force microscopes, near-field scanning optical lithography systems, tape drives, wind turbines and wind farms, and power systems); multisensor fusion (with applications to unmanned autonomous vehicles, satellites, and automotive active safety systems); and multimodal visual/haptic/audio interfaces (with applications to scientific visualization and spatial communication). She is especially fascinated by common properties and characteristics of systems found across different types of systems in disparate application areas.

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  • control of flexible structures, combined feedforward and feedback control, nonminimum phase systems, multisensor fusion

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Teaching

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  • ECEN 4138 - Control Systems Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Analysis and design of continuous time control systems using classical and state space methods. Laplace transforms, transfer functions and block diagrams. Stability, dynamic response, and steady-state analysis. Analysis and design of control systems using root locus and frequency response methods. Computer aided design and analysis. Department enforced prerequisite: background in Laplace transforms, linear algebra,and ordinary differential equations. Same as ECEN 5138.
  • ECEN 5138 - Control Systems Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Analysis and design of continuous time control systems using classical and state space methods. Laplace transforms, transfer functions and block diagrams. Stability, dynamic response, and steady-state analysis. Analysis and design of control systems using root locus and frequency response methods. Computer aided design and analysis. Topics covered in this course will be investigated in more depth, require external readings, additional homework will be assigned, and the exams will be more difficult. Recommended prerequisite: ECEN 3300. Same as ECEN 4138.
  • ECEN 5458 - Sampled Data and Digital Control Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides an analysis and synthesis of discrete-time systems. Studies sampling theorem and sampling process characterization, z-transform theory and z-transferfunction, and stability theory. Involves data converters (A/D and D/A), dead-beat design, and digital controller design. Recommended prerequisites: ECEN 3300 and ECEN 4138.

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