2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems

  Dynamic Systems and Control DivisionASME

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The organizing committee is pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, September 13-15. The conference is technically sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems and will be held concurrently with the 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC). There is a strong overlap between the focus of the IFAC Symposium and that of the ASME/DSC Conference, and the organizing committees of the two events have worked out schemes to maximize the participants' experience from technical, social and financial points of view -- one registration fee grants access to both conferences!

Many technical processes and products in the area of mechanical and electrical engineering show an increasing integration of mechanics with electronics and information processing. This integration is between the components (hardware) and the information-driven functions (software), resulting in integrated systems called mechatronic systems. The development of mechatronic systems involves finding an optimal balance between the basic mechanical structure, sensor and actuator implementation, automatic digital information processing and overall control. This synergy requires innovative solutions. The practice of mechatronics requires multidisciplinary expertise across a range of disciplines, such as: mechanical engineering, electronics, information technology, and decision making theories. The goal of the 5th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, following in the footsteps of the first conference in Darmstadt, the second in Berkeley, the third in Sydney, and the fourth in Heidelburg, is to bring together experts from different areas, to give an overview of the state-of-the-art of mechatronics and to present recent research results and perspectives of the future development in this multidisciplinary field. Relevant topics for the symposium include: actuators and sensors; robotics and machine vision; vibration and noise control; smart structures; motion control; MEMS; automotive systems; system identification and control of mechatronic systems and mechatronics education.

Call For Papers
A copy of the Call for Papers in PDF format.
Important Dates
Deadline for all submissions and proposals; 
March 15, 2010
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:
May 15, 2010
Final manuscript submission deadline:
June15, 2010


Contributed papers are classified as regular or short. Regular papers are intended to be a complete description of finished work. Short papers are intended to be an exposition of a novel idea or preliminary results.

Invited session proposals should present a unifying theme from a diversity of viewpoints and consist of a summary statement and six full papers.

Frontier research session proposals should create a forum for discussion and formation of future research areas. These proposals should present a grand challenge theme from a diversity of viewpoints and consist of a summary statement and a list and endorsement of guaranteed session participants.

Education/Tutorial sessions should address state-of-the-art dynamic systems and/or control theory and industrial applications. Education and tutorials sessions are encouraged to have panel discussions.

Workshops should address state-of-the-art dynamic systems and/or control theory and industrial applications. Workshop organizers are currently solicited. Interested people should contact Prof. Horowitz, the Chair for Workshops, for details.

Exhibits should be related to the theory and practice of control or control education.

More details can be found at the conference website. Contributors are encouraged to contact the appropriate chair of the organizing committee for further information. 
Information for Authors

icon Paper Format

Please prepare an electronic version of your paper according to the following Style and Format.

Paper Style
The Paper should be prepared according to the IFAC LaTeX file: ifacconf_latex.zip. The package for IFAC papers consists of the following files:

    icon The ifacconf.cls class style file for papers
    icon The ifacconf.tex sample paper file
    icon Some auxiliary files

Other than the sample file, there is no specific instruction on how to use the ifacconf.cls document class. Moreover, several requirements on the pdf files and the style of the manuscript are imposed. Briefly,

    icon All fonts must be embedded in the file
    icon Fonts that require non-English language support are not allowed
    icon The paper size for final submission must be A4 and not US Letter
    icon The document margins must satisfy the printer's requirements
    icon The number of pages and the file size must satisfy the conference requirements: 8 pages, 1.5 MB  (Up to two additional pages are permitted at an extra charge of US$175 per additional page.")
    icon The document should not have any password protection

For Authors using Microsoft Word the compressed file ifacconf_office.zip is available containing the following files:

    icon The ifaconf.doc file, which can be used as a template for IFAC paper files
    icon The ifaconf_sample_office PDF file

Instructions and template files for IFAC papers can be found here: http://www.ifac-control.org/events/information-for-ifac-authors

icon Paper submission

The paper submission site is IFAC PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System. To submit an invited session paper, the organizer of the invited session needs to submit the invited session proposal first. As soon as the proposal has been submitted a code is issued that the participating authors may use to submit their invited papers. It is not possible to issue a code without a proposal having been submitted. However, the invited session organizer may submit a tentative version of the proposal which may be replaced with the definitive version until the submission deadline.

The papers presented at the Symposium will be published on IFAC-PapersOnLine.

icon Copyright conditions

The material submitted for presentation at an IFAC meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original, not published or being considered elsewhere. All papers accepted for presentation will appear in the Preprints of the meeting and will be distributed to the participants. Proceedings of the IFAC Congress, Symposia, Conferences and Workshops will be hosted on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine.net website. The presented papers will be further screened for possible publication in the IFAC Journals (Automatica, Control Engineering Practice, Annual Reviews in Control, Journal of Process Control , Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, and Mechatronics), or in IFAC affiliated journals. All papers presented will be recorded as an IFAC Publication.

Copyright of material presented at an IFAC meeting is held by IFAC. Authors will be required to transfer copyrights electronically. The IFAC Journals and, after these, IFAC affiliated journals have priority access to all contributions presented. However, if the author is not contacted by an editor of these journals, within three months after the meeting, he/she is free to submit an expanded version of the presented material for journal publication elsewhere. In this case, the paper must carry a reference to the IFAC meeting where it was originally presented and, if the paper has appeared on the website www.IFAC-PapersOnLine.net, also a reference to this publication.

One regular registration fee at the advance registration rates must be paid by one of the authors before uploading the final version of the paper for inclusion in the conference.

Conference registration site will be available in May of 2010.
  Advance Registration Regular/On-site Registration
All Participants $550 $650 or $250 for one day
(one-day registration available only on-site)
Student $150 $200

Conference registration site will be open on May 24 of 2010 at https://ifac.papercept.net/registration/. If you have accepted papers in both the DSCC and the IFAC Mechatronics, please choose one of the following procedures to register and upload your papers (but not both):

a) First use the DSCC registration website to upload your DSCC papers. Then email your IFAC paper numbers to Prabhakar Pagilla (pagilla@okstate.edu) and he will send you additional instructions on how to upload these papers.


b) First use the IFAC mechatronics registration website to upload your IFAC papers. Then email your DSCC paper numbers to Prabhakar Pagilla (pagilla@okstate.edu) and he will send you additional instructions on how to upload these papers.

Regular conference registration rate includes the CD proceedings and the banquet, and allows authors to upload their final papers for inclusion in the proceedings. Extra banquet tickets can be purchased at an additional cost of $100 per ticket.

One day registration rate includes the CD proceedings only; authors cannot upload their final papers for inclusion in the proceedings with this registration fee. One day registration is only available on site.

The reduced rate for students includes the proceedings, but does not allow a paper upload. Students will be given banquet tickets as space allows.

There is an additional fee for people who plan to attend the workshops held right before the conference. For those people who just want to attend the workshops on Sunday, September 12, they can register for workshops only through the conference registration site. But to use the conference registration system, one still needs to get an ASME-DSCD papercept PIN (or IFAC Mechatronics papercept PIN) prior to registering just for the workshops. Other frontier and tutorial sessions are parts of the conference and people who are interested in those sessions should register for the conference.

Hotel Information

Marriott Boston Cambridge

Group rates are as follows:

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The group rate includes complimentary high-speed internet connections in guest rooms. Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservation at 1(800)228-9290 or internet link in the above (using rate code "ASIASIC"). The cutoff date for the above group rate has been extended to Thursday, August 26, 2010. Please contact Ms. Jessica Dozoretz at jdozoretz@launchpnt.com if you have any problems with the hotel reservations (e.g., no availability of rooms of conference rate for some of your planned stay at the hotel).




On-site parking: $8 per hour and $23 daily.

Valet parking: $30 daily

Vehicle height limit is 6'2".

Local Transportation

Bus Station

         South Station (2 miles SE)

Subway Station

         Kendall Square/MIT – Red Line

Train Station

         North Station (1 miles S)

         South Station (3 miles)


Boston - BOS

Distance from hotel: 5 miles E

Driving directions: Follow signs at the airport to the Sumner Tunnel. Pay the toll and take the Sumner Tunnel to Interstate 93 North. You will see a sign for Interstate 93 North at the end of the tunnel. Take 93 North to Exit 26 and follow the signs to Storrow Drive. Get onto Storrow Drive for approximately a quarter mile. There will be a LEFT exit for Government Center/Kendall Square. Take that exit and at the bottom of the exit take a right. This will put you on the Longfellow Bridge. Go over the Longfellow Bridge which will turn into Broadway. After the first set of lights, the hotel will be on the left.

Subway service, fee: $2.00 (one way)

Estimated taxi fare: $30.00 (one way)

The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Providence - PVD

Distance from hotel: 60 miles SW

Driving directions: Take I-95 North to I-93 North to Exit 26. Follow the signs to Storrow Drive. Get onto Storrow Drive for about 1/4 mile. There will be a LEFT exit for Government Center/Kendall Square. Take that exit, and at the bottom of the exit, take a right onto Longfellow Bridge, which will become Broadway once over the Charles River. The hotel is about 1/2 mile on the left.

Estimated taxi fare: $175.00 (one way)

The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Local Attractions

Boston City, the venue for the 2010 Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, is the largest city in New England. Boston has many attractions that are within close proximity of each other, most within walking distance and all on the MBTA public transportation system. Roughly speaking, they can be divided up into Historic Sites, Museums, Parks, Music and Performance Arts, Dining and Shopping, Sports, and Universities. Here are brief introductions to some most popular attractions. Participants can visit the corresponding website and buy tickets online. Please note, IFAC Mech2010 will not be responsible for organizing the tours. It's the participants' self-help activity.

Guided Tours

1. Boston harbor islands

    Website: http://www.bostonislands.org/
    Route: Start from Long Wharf ferry to 2 or more islands, 35 minutes on one way
    Transportation to Start: Orange line to state, switch blue line to aquarium, walk to start. 25 minutes.
    Fare: Adult $14, Child $8
    The Boston Harbor Islands national park on islands within 10 miles of downtown Boston. With its many natural and cultural attractions, the park offers tourists as well as Boston residents unparalleled opportunities for play and learning in a spectacular ocean setting.

2. Old town trolley tours

    Website: http://www.trolleytours.com/boston/
    Route: Start from Faneuil Hall, 14 stops, return to Boston Common, almost a half day
    Transportation to Start: Orange line to state, switch blue line to aquarium, walk to start. 25 minutes.
    Fare: Adult $36, Child $13
    Old Town Trolley Tours has provided sightseeing tours highlighting the best of Boston. The tour covers all the major areas including Downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the Theater District, and the Waterfront District. Stand on the very ground where Samuel Adams, James Otis, and other revolutionary leaders urged their fellow colonials to fight for liberty in Faneuil Hall. See the spot where the Boston Massacre occurred just outside the Old State House. Walk along the Boston Harbor where the Redcoats marched ashore in 1768.

3. Freedom trail

    Website: https://store.thefreedomtrail.org/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=2
    Route: 90 minutes each. A. From Boston Common to Faneuil Hall; B. From Faneuil Hall to Boston Common; C. From Boston Harbor and North End.
    Transportation to Start: Orange line to Downtown Crossing(A)/State(B, C), walk to start. 25 minutes.
    Fare: Adult $12, Child $6
    The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, everyone an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

4. Duck tours

    Website: http://www.bostonducktours.com/
    Route: A. Start from and end at Prudential Center, 36 sites ; B. Start from and end at Museum of Science, 36 sites,; C. Evening tour: Start from and end at New England Aquarium, 22 sites. A and B: 80 minutes; C: 55 minutes.
    Transportation to Start: A. green line to Prudential, 10 min; B. green line to Science Park, 20 min; C. Orange line to state, switch blue line to aquarium. 25 min.
    Fare: A and B: Adult $29.95, Child $20; C. Adult $25.95, Child $17
    You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your "DUCK", a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who'll be narrating your tour. Then you're off on a journey like you've never had before. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.

5. Whale watching

    Website: http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/boston-whale-watch/default.aspx?gclid=CN7j7diYyZoCFQOIFQodln3y2w
    Route: Start from and end at Long Wharf ferry. 3 hours.
    Transportation to Start: Orange line to state, switch blue line to aquarium. 25 min.
    Fare: Adult $39.95, Child $31.95
    Boston Harbor Cruise's Whale Watch cruise is both an unforgettable and educational experience. Our professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, are onboard for every trip to provide narration. They'll teach you about everything from whale behavior and migration patterns to the local ecology so you can better understand our deep-sea friends.


1. Museum of Fine Arts

    Website: http://mfa.org//
    Address: Ave of the Arts 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
    Transportation: Walk 1 mile. 20 minutes.
    Ticket: Adult $17, Child $6.5
    Come to Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and see masterpieces from around the world and across the ages. At every turn, you'll find breathtaking works of art - from masterworks of American painting to icons of Impressionism, and from exquisite Asian scrolls to ancient Egyptian mummies. There are thousands of reasons to visit.

2. Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Website: http://hmnh.harvard.edu/
    Address: 26 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA 02138
    Transportation: Orange line to downtown crossing, switch to red line to Harvard Square, Walk to dest. 40 min.
    Ticket: Adult $9, Child $6
    Explore 12,000 specimens from around the globe, including dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones and hundreds of animals all at Harvard University's most-visited museum. Get close to the world's only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft-long marine reptile. See a 1,642-lb. amethyst geode and whale skeletons. Do not miss the world famous exhibit of 3,000 "Glass Flowers".

3. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Website: http://www.jfklibrary.org/
    Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
    Transportation: Orange line to downtown crossing, switch to red line to JFK/UMASS, take shuttle bus to dest. 40 min.
    Ticket: Adult $12, Child free
    At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, step back into the re-created world of the early 1960s and experience first-hand the life and legacy of John and Jacqueline Kennedy through 25 exhibits, 3 theaters and 20 video presentations. Designed by I.M. Pei, the national memorial offers panoramic views of Boston's skyline and Harbor islands.

4. Museum of Science

    Website: http://www.mos.org/
    Address: Science Park Boston, MA 02114
    Transportation: Green line to Science Park. 25 min.
    Ticket: Adult $19, Child $16
    Science comes alive with over 700 interactive exhibits, live animal presentations, science demonstrations, ever-changing exhibits, the breathtaking Theater of Electricity, and more. Other features at the Museum of Science (requiring separate admission) include a brand new 3D Digital Cinema, the Butterfly Garden, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater - New England's only 180 degree IMAX® dome screen.

5. New England Aquarium

    Website: http://www.neaq.org/index.php
    Address: Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
    Transportation: Orange line to state, switch blue line to aquarium. 25 min.
    Ticket: Adult $19.95, Child $11.95
    Step inside the New England Aquarium and Experience more than 70 exhibits, featuring animals from around the world. Stand in awe of the four-story, 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, home to everything from sea turtles to sharks to tropical fish. Cradle a sea star, horseshoe crab or sea urchin at the Edge of the Sea Tide pool. Experience an unforgettable IMAX® 3D film* on Boston's largest screen.


Parks: Boston has multiple park systems within the city, including the Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of nine parks, including the Public Garden and the Boston Common. In the summer, the Boston Common's Frog Pond features a spray pool for children and the Swan Boats at the Public Garden. Just a short ferry ride from the city, you can visit the Boston Harbor Islands, the country's newest National Park. Visitors to 6 the Harbor Islands can enjoy full or halfday trips for swimming, boating, island tours, hiking, fishing and bird watching. Music and Performance Arts: Boston has a strong tradition of performing arts. In the theatre district, there are the Opera House, Colonial Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, Shubert Theatre and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts. Outside of the theatre district, there are The Huntington, The American Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage, The Calderwood Pavilion and the Emerson Majestic Theatre. Dance performances remain a cultural strong point in Boston and the Boston Ballet, known for its classical and modern works, is one of the best in the world. The world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops (which plays lighter, more popular classics) perform at Symphony Hall.

Dining and Shopping: Dining in Boston offers options for all palates and budgets. In the Back Bay, visitors can walk the length of Newbury Street for some of Boston's most chic, fashionable stores. Boylston Street (which runs parallel to Newbury Street) has a number of fine department stores. There are several shopping centers in the heart of the city; the Shops at the Prudential Center connects by walkway to Copley Place, an enclosed mall full of upscale stores and restaurants. Downtown Crossing has the full range of national department stores, boutiques and pushcarts, which offer both the familiarity of home and local Boston souvenirs.

Sports: Boston is home to several well-known franchises, most especially the Boston Red Sox, who won the 2004 World Series Championship. Universities: In addition to Northeastern University, Boston has many other colleges and universities that are available to visit, including scientific and engineering-focused schools such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Other prominent institutions are Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Emerson College, New England Conservatory, and many more. More than a quarter million students attend colleges and universities in Boston alone making Boston a very young, energetic, and inspiring city.

The 5th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems is sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems with technical co-sponsorship from:

Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME International

Industrial Sponsors:

        - Gold Sponsor
        - Silver Sponsor
        - Sponsor 



Technical Programs

Final ASME DSCC'2010 program is available on-line at https://asme-dscd.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/DSC10/program/

Final IFAC Mechatronics'2010 program is available on-line at http://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/MECH10/program/ .


The Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME presents a series of six (6) division awards and various ASME society awards. Each division award is given biennially except for the “Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award,” which is given annually. ASME society awards are given annually. These awards recognize excellence and achievement for technological, scientific, service and educational contributions in the field of dynamic systems and control. The following awards will be presented at the 2010 DSC Awards Ceremony, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

ASME Society Awards

Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal – Rolf Isermann

The Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal is a prestigious society award for lifetime achievements in automatic control. Inaugurated in 1968, the medal recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control. Such achievements may be, for example, in the areas of education, research, development, innovation, and service to the field and profession. The award was established to honor Rufus Oldenburger for his distinctive achievements in the field and his service to the Society and Division.

Citation: For pioneering contributions in blending modern control, system identification and fault detection and diagnostic methodologies in the design and operation of engineering systems, in particular, mechatronic systems.

Rolf Isermann studied Mechanical Engineering and obtained the Dr.-Ing. degree in 1965 from the University of Stuttgart. In 1968 he became "Privatdozent" for Automatic Control and since 1972 Professor in Control Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. From 1977 until 2006 he was Professor for Control Engineering and Process Automation at the Institute of Automatic Control of the Darmstadt University of Technology. Since 2006 he is Professor emeritus and is head of the Research Group for Control Systems and Process Automation in the same institution. R. Isermann received the Dr. h.c. (honoris causa) from L'Université Libre de Bruxelles and from the Polytechnic University in Bucharest. In 1996 he was awarded by the “VDE-Ehrenring”, and in 2007 by “VDIEhrenmitglied”. The MIT Technology Review Magazine awarded him in 2003 to the Top Ten of emerging Technologies in Mechatronics.

R. Isermann has published books on Modeling of Technical Processes, Process Identification, Digital Control Systems, Adaptive Control Systems, Mechatronic Systems, Fault Diagnosis Systems, Engine Control, and Vehicle Drive Dynamics Control. Current research concentrates on the fields of identification and digital control of nonlinear systems, intelligent control and model-based methods of process fault diagnosis with applications to servo systems, fault-tolerant systems, combustion engines, automobiles and mechatronic systems. The research group on combustion engines works on multivariable engine modeling, HiL-simulation, combustion pressure control and fault diagnosis of both, CR-Diesel engines and FSI-gasoline engines. In the vehicle dynamics group present topics are parameter estimation for drive dynamics control, fault detection of sensors, suspensions, tires and brake systems and the development of collision avoidance systems with surrounding sensing and active braking and steering.

Since 1975 he held several chair positions of IFAC-Technical Committees. In 1996 he was elected as Vice-President of IFAC until 2002. From 2002 to 2008, he was member of the IFAC-Council. R. Isermann organized several national and international conferences like the 10th IFAC-World-Congress in Munich 1987, the 1st IFAC-Symposium SAFEPROCESS, Baden-Baden, 1991 and the 1st IFAC-Conference on Mechatronic Systems, Darmstadt held in 2000. He also organized the biannual VDI-/VDEConference AUTOREG (control of vehicles and power trains) from 2002 to 2008.

ASME Dedicated Service Award – Jeffrey L. Stein

In 1983, the ASME Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Dedicated Service Award. The award may be presented to selected individuals who have served the Society for at least ten years in one or more of the following areas: Standards and Certification; Centers; Strategic Management; Knowledge & Community; Board of Governors; Institutes; The ASME Foundation; The ASME Auxiliary, Inc.; Committees reporting to the Board of Governors.

Citation: For unusual dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness.

Jeffrey L. Stein has been on faculty at the University of Michigan since 1983 becoming a Full Professor in 1996. He received his B.S. in premedical studies with a minor in Psychology (1973) from the Univ. of Massachusetts; S.B. and S.M. (1976) and Ph.D. (1983) all in Mechanical Engineering and all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Director of the Automotive Research Center (ARC). He is the current chair of the Dynamics Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Honors and Awards Committee, and the DSCD representative to the American Automatic Control Council Board of Governors. He is a former chair of the Executive Committee of the DSCD of ASME, Associate Editor of the ASME Transactions: Journal of Dynamics Systems Measurement and Control and Area Editor of Simulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International and the current Associate Editor of Simulation Modeling: Practice and Theory.

Professor Stein’s specialty is in the use of computer based modeling and simulation tools for system design and control. His most significant contribution is the development of the field of Proper Modeling having developed algorithms for automating the development of dynamic mathematical models with physical state variables and parameters that have the minimum yet sufficient complexity. He is currently the PI for the NSF EFRI Project “EFRI-RESIN: A Multi-Scale Design and Control Framework for Dynamically Coupled Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructures, with Application to Vehicle-to-Grid Integration. He is an ASME Fellow (2006) and a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award recipient (1987).

ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Awards

Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award – Roberto Horowitz

Nominations for the Henry M. Paynter Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD.

Citation: For outstanding contributions in mechatronics and control systems in a wide range of application areas - from micro-mechatronic devices requiring nano-level precision and ultra-high control bandwidth, to large-scale complex traffic networks spanning many miles and involving thousands of sensing and actuation elements.

Roberto Horowitz was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1955. He received a B.S. degree with highest honors in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in 1983 in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1982 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a Professor and holds the James Fife Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering. Dr. Horowitz teaches and conducts research in the areas of adaptive, learning, nonlinear, optimal and robust control, with applications to micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), computer disk file systems, robotics, mechatronics and intelligent vehicle and highway systems (IVHS). Dr. Horowitz is co-director of the Computer Mechanics Laboratory (CML) and incoming director of the Partners for Advance Transportation and Highways (PATH) research programs of University of California. Dr. Horowitz received an IBM Young Faculty Development Award in 1984, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1987, and a Japanese Ministry of Education Foreign Researcher Award in 1997. He is co-author of the paper “Mixture Kalman filter based highway congestion mode and vehicle density estimator and its application,” which received the 2005 AACC Hugo Shuck Best Application Paper Award. Dr. Horowitz is a member of ASME and IEEE and is currently the chair of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division executive committee.

Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award – Eduardo A. Misawa

Nominations for the Michael J. Rabins Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership contributions to the DSCD, to ASME, and to fields of interest to the DSCD.

Citation: For his outstanding record of leadership to the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division as well as American Automatic Control Council and the broad dynamical systems and control community.

Eduardo A. Misawa has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Sao Paulo (1979 and 1983) and Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT, 1988), all in Mechanical Engineering with concentration in Dynamics and Control. He is currently a Program Director in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. His research experience includes Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Control, Robust Control, Vibrations, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Precision Engineering, Vehicle Dynamics, Fluid Power Control, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering.




Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award – Bradley E. Paden

Nominations for the Charles Stark Draper Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member for either excellent sustained contributions or for an outstanding major, singular contribution in innovative applications of dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice.

Citation: For his innovations and entrepreneurial leadership in actively controlled electromagnetic devices and systems.

Bradley E. Paden is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also co-founder and CEO of LaunchPoint Technologies – a firm focused on new technology ventures. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley in 1978, 1982, and 1985 respectively. From 1978 to 1980 he was a design engineer with Linkabit Corporation. Professor Paden was the recipient of the 1993 Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, and the 2001 IEEE Control Systems Society Technology Award. Dr. Paden is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has authored over 80 publications and holds 17 patents in the field of engineering systems.



Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award – Soo Jeon, Masayoshi Tomizuka, and Tetsuaki Katou

The Rudolph Kalman Best Paper Award is a Division award for best paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control in the previous year as selected by the Honors and Awards Committee from nominations received from the Editor of the Journal.

This year’s award is for “Kinematic Kalman Filter (KKF) for Robot End-Effector Sensing” ASME Transactions: Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 131, 021010 (2009) (8 pages); Soo Jeon, Masayoshi Tomizuka, and Tetsuaki Katou

Soo Jeon received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. Until June 2009, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer for the Applied Materials Inc. in Santa Clara, California. In July 2009, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada where he is currently an assistant professor. He teaches courses in control and mechatronic design for graduate and undergraduate students. His current research projects include Integrated Sensing and Control for Coordinated Manipulation, Instrumentation and Control of Braking Availability Tester for Airport Runway, and Supervisory Actuator Control for Electric Vehicles. Dr. Jeon is the recipient of Samsung Humantech Thesis Award (1999), Korean Ministry of Education Award (2001), and ASME DSCD Best Student Paper Award (2007).


Masayoshi Tomizuka was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1946. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan and his Ph. D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1974. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where he currently holds the Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr., Distinguished Professorship Chair and serves as Executive Associate Dean of Engineering. He teaches courses in dynamic systems and controls. He served as Program Director of the Dynamic Systems and Control Program of the National Science Foundation (2002-2004). He served as Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control (J-DSMC) (1988-93), and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (1997-99). He is a Fellow of the ASME, the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is the recipient of the J-DSMC Best Paper Award (1995), the DSCD Outstanding Investigator Award (1996), the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (ASME, 1997), the Rufus Oldenburger Medal (ASME, 2002) and the John R. Ragazzini Award (AACC, 2006).

Tetsuaki Katou was born in Osaka, Japan in 1960. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan in 1986. In 1986, he joined the Robot Laboratory at FANUC LTD where he was responsible for the development of industrial robot software. He is currently the manager of Basic Robot Laboratory.


Plenary Lectures
Three excellent plenary lectures have been scheduled. Some of the details are given below:

Plenary I Mechatronic Systems in Cars - Status and Outlook


12:40 to 1:40PM on Monday in Salon 3-4


Rainer Kallenbach
Executive Vice President
Automotive Electronics
Robert Bosch GmbH


Mechatronic systems have great and further increasing importance in modern vehicles regarding safety, energy efficiency and comfort. The contribution gives an overview on today's status and future outlook of the application of mechatronic systems in modern cars as well as underlying technologies. The aspects of systems architecture, mechatronics hardware and software as a basis for those systems are covered, selected implementation examples are given.

Brief Biography :

Dr.-Ing. Rainer Kallenbach is the Executive Vice President of Automotive Electronics of Robert Bosch GmbH, Reutlingen, Germany.  He obtained Diploma Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Systems and Control Engineering ("Technical Cybernetics") from the University of Stuttgart in 1982. From 1983 - 1986, he was an Assistant Professor at the Institute B of Mechanics, University of Stuttgart (Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. W. Schiehlen), and obtained a Ph.D.  (Dr.-Ing.)  in the field of System Dynamics (Parameter Identification of Mechanical Systems) in 1986.  In 1987, he joined Bosch Group.  He engaged in the development of suspension control systems (simulation, control systems, application, drive testing, electronic hardware and software development) within various positions (specialist, group manager, department manager) at Bosch Brake Systems division (1987-1992), served as the Manager of Application Engineering for starters, alternators, and small electrical motors at Bosch Mexico (Toluca) (1993-1997), Manager of the corporate department "Coordination Product and Market Planning" (1997-2000), Manager of the corporate department "Coordinationof Automotive OE Sales" at Bosch Headquarters, Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe (1999-2000), General Manager of the Bosch subsidiary ASSET Automotive Systems and Engineering Technology GmbH, Systems Division Vehicle Functions (today: Bosch Engineering GmbH) (2000-2006), and Executive Vice President Automotive Electronics, Robert Bosch GmbH, responsible for Engineering (2003-2006).  Since 2007 he is responsible for Sales and the product areas Body Electronics and Steering Drive Electronics as Executive Vice President Automotive Electronics, Robert Bosch GmbH.     

Plenary II Inspiring Present and Future Engineers to Innovate


08:00 to 09:00AM on Tuesday in Salon 3-4


Dean Kaman  
Founder of Deka R&D and FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)


The need for scientists and engineers to play a more central, visible, and celebrated role has never been clearer of more urgent. As an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, Kamen speaks about his award-winning inventions and his commitment to FIRST, the non-profit organization he founded to inspire young people's interest and participation in education and careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Brief Biography :

Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined -- his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology and endocrinology. In 1976 he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first insulin pump for diabetics. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients.  In the year 2000, Dean was awarded the National Medal of Technology. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. He was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. In addition to DEKA, one of Dean's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.

Plenary III New Actuators for Advanced Mechatronics


08:00 to 09:00AM on Wednesday in Salon 3-4


Toshiro Higuchi
Department of
Precision Engineering
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan


There have been increasingly wider use of novel actuators in various fields.  In industry, precise and high speed positioning is one of the most important technologies.  In particular, in the production of semiconductors and flat panel displays, dust-free transporting and precise positioning systems for wafers and thin glass plates are needed to avoid generation of dusts.  In peripheral machines for computers like disc memories, small and thin linear actuators are necessary to satisfy the demand of reduction of thickness and weight of the products.  In cases like these conventional actuators seem to be difficult to satisfy the new and advanced demands in the near future.  Therefore, seeking for new actuators has been activated recently.  Our laboratory in the University of Tokyo has been enrolled to develop new actuators of various kinds in order to cope with severe demands of coming production systems and future automated machines. Among the developed actuators, I would like to introduce impact drive mechanism and surface acoustic wave motor, as examples of the actuators that utilize piezoelectric materials.  And as examples of actuators and manipulations using electrostatic force, powerful electrostatic motor, thin film electrostatic motor, electrostatic transportation devices of particles and droplets, and electrostatic suspension and drive of thin plates of glass and silicon wafers are introduced

Brief Biography :

Professor Toshiro Higuchi received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in precision machinery engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1972, 1974, and 1977, respectively. He was a lecturer at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, from April 1977 to March 1978, and an associate professor from April 1978 to November 1991. Since November 1991, he has been a Professor in the department of precision machinery engineering, the University of Tokyo. He was the leader of the Higuchi Ultimate Mechatronics Project, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology, from April 1992 to March 1997.  Since December 2002, he has been a director of Nano Control Co., Ltd., a venture business which was founded to industrialize his inventions about piezoelectric actuators.  Since April 2005, he has also been a director of Tsukuba Seiko Co., Ltd,  which commercializes his advanced research achievement about electrostatic levitation technology. From 2004 to 2009, he had been the leader of the national research project “Next-Generation Actuators Leading Breakthrough”. He received the following awards: the Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 1999, the Prize Paper Award from IEEE Industry Application Society in 2000, the VR News Best Paper Award from IEEE Virtual Reality Society in 2001, the Kayamori Best Paper Award of IEEE ICRA in 2006, and the Award of Merit from IFToMM in 2007. His research interests include mechatronics, piezo actuators, magnetic bearings, electrostatic actuators, MEMS, robotics, micro TAS, and manufacturing.     


Workshop and Tutorial
Two excellent full day workshops have be tentatively scheduled at the conference hotel on Sunday, September 12 of 2010. Details of these workshops are given below. To partially cover the cost of the workshops, a registration fee independent of the conference registration is needed. The rates for each workshop are:
  Advance Registration Regular/On-site Registration
All Participants $225 $275
Student $115 $140

The workshops will be offered in the conferences only after certain number of advanced registrations are received to cover the partial cost of running the workshops. So to secure the actual offering of the workshop you are interested in attending, you need to register for the workshop in advance. For those people who just want to attend the workshops on Sunday, September 12, they can register for workshops only through the conference registration site. But to use the conference registration system, one still needs to get an ASME-DSCD papercept PIN (or IFAC Mechatronics papercept PIN) prior to registering just for the workshops. Other frontier and tutorial sessions are parts of the conference and people who are interested in those sessions should register for the conference.

Important Notice: Workshop I has been cancelled. Refund will be provide to people who have registered for the workshop!

Workshop IQuantitative Local Analysis of Nonlinear Systems Using Sum-of-Squares Programming


DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee

Time and Location:

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, September 12, 2010, Marriott Boston Cambridge, Cambridge, MA


Andrew Packard - Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Gary Balas - Professor and Department Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota

Peter Seiler, Ph.D. – Currently at the University of Minnesota

Ufuk Topcu, Ph.D. – Currently at the California Institute of Technology

Brief Description:

The workshop will focus on the use of computational tools to derive quantitative bounds on the behavior of uncertain, nonlinear dynamical systems. Three canonical analysis questions regarding systems behavior are considered: region-of-attraction, L2 gain, and reachable set analysis. The uncertain dynamics are modeled in several ways, including polytopes of vector fields, parametric uncertainty, and unmodeled dynamics. Examples from flight control, adaptive systems, robotics, and systems biology will be presented and various hands-on computational exercises will be provided.

Extensive class notes will be provide to the registered participants as well as access to downloadable Matlab® toolboxes, specifically developed for this workshop.

Full description

Target audience:

The target audience includes professors, graduate students and re- searchers interested in computational methods for provable, quantitative assessment of nonlinear system behavior.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 – 12:00        Lecture

12:00-1:00           No host lunch break

1:00-2:00              Lecture and computational exercises.

Main Speakers’ Brief Biography and Qualifications

Andrew Packard is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the analysis and robust control of multivariable linear and nonlinear systems, as well as managing uncertainty in general complex models and dynamic systems. Professor Packard is an IEEE fellow and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2005 IEEE Control Systems Society Control Systems Technology Award, the 1995 American Automatic Control Council Donald P. Eckman Award, the 1995 University of California Distinguished Teaching Award and the 1990, National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Gary Balas is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at University of Minnesota. His main research interest is narrowing the gap between engineering requirements, real-time control implementation and theoretical control analysis and design techniques as well as to develop an integrated framework for fault detection and isolation, control modeling, analysis, and synthesis, based on physically motivated assumptions, which make use of the specific characteristics of each system to be controlled. Professor Balas is an IEEE fellow and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a Distinguished McKnight Fellowship, 2007, the 2006 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award and the 1999 ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award.

Professor Packard and Professor Balas have a long history of collaborative work (since their graduate student days) in the development of extremely useful and popular analysis and control synthesis software tools including the mu-synthesis and robust control synthesis MATLAB® toolboxes.


Workshop II Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Robotics for Upper and Lower Extremity


DSCD Robotics Technical Committee

Time and Location:

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, September 12, 2010, Dana Room, Marriott Boston Cambridge, Cambridge, MA


Marcia O’Malley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director, Mechatronics and Haptics Interfaces Laboratory, Rice University

Neville Hogan, Ph.D. Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences;  Director, Newman Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hermano Igo Krebs, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist & Lecturer

Mechanical Engineering Dept, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Brief Description:

The field of rehabilitation and therapeutic robotics has grown steadily over the past decade, with significant clinical contributions. Studies have demonstrated both the efficacy and advantages of robotics for assessing and treating motor impairment. There is significant opportunity for engineers in this area, and there has been a recent trend of increasing governmental agency interest in funding such efforts.

The purpose of this full-day workshop is to provide a concise yet broad-based introduction to key topics in the field of rehabilitation and therapeutic robotics, such as basic neuroscience and rehabilitation, impairment based approaches, design and control of devices from a mechatronics perspective, and clinical implications. The tutorial will include a series of speakers with expertise in upper and lower extremity rehabilitation robotics representing both engineering and clinical research labs. The tutorial will conclude with a tour of Interactive-Motion Technologies, a company (founded by co-organizers Hogan and Krebs) committed to developing advanced and effective technologies that enable rehabilitation professionals to achieve optimal patient outcomes.  

Full description

Target audience:

This tutorial is intended for researchers in the areas of dynamics systems, controls, robotics, and mechatronics who have not necessarily worked in this area of rehabilitation and therapeutic robotics. The content will provide some review of the state of the art without precluding discussion of outstanding challenges in the field.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 – 11:20        Upper Extremity Session

11:20 – 12:00      Working Lunch            

12:00 – 2:30        Lower Extremity Session

2:30 – 5:00           Tour of Interactive Motion Technologies (transportation provided)

Frontier and Education Sessions
The following frontier and education sessions have be scheduled, free to all conference participants. Refer to the final technical program for the time and locations of these sessions.

Frontier Session I Perspectives on Energy Futures


Energy Subcommittee of DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee


Scott A. Bortoff, Mitsubish Electronics Research Laboratory

Tuhin Das, Rochester Institute of Technology

Anna G. Stefanopoulou, University of Michigan

Brief Description:

This Frontier Session on Energy Systems is an attempt to enhance communication, interest and awareness in the scientific community about research and education in this field. It is also an attempt to engage the community to generate discussion and ultimately provide solutions to the energy problems of the future. The industrial component of this session will reveal some of the current technological trends in energy and projected engineering challenges of the future. While there is significant ongoing growth in individual fields within energy research, research at the interface of these fields is sporadic. It is expected that this Frontier Session will provide a platform that will foster new ideas toward assimilating and unifying energy systems across domains. Cross-disciplinary research/educational topics are expected to emerge from this session which will cover a variety of application domains. On the educational side, there is an immediate need to increase the pervasiveness of energy education for producing the next generation of scientists, educators and industry leaders with the required expertise in such a multi-disciplinary area. This session consists of presentations from industry and academia spanning a diverse spectrum of energy applications and educational initiatives that will provide a perspective on future directions in energy research and education.


Subbarao Varigonda - United Technologies Research Center

on control opportunities in distributed power, building energy and fuel cell hybrid bus applications

Yilmaz Hakan – Bosch

on advanced combustion systems and controls

Scott Bortoff - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

on energy mechatronics  

Nalin Chaturvedi – Bosch Palo Alto

on battery electric storage

Christopher Rahn – Pennsylvania State University

on energy education

Huei Peng – University of Michigan Ann Arbor

on energy education


Educatiion Session I Extremum Seeking for Robotic Swarms


DSCD Model Identification and Intelligent Systems Technical Committee


Nabil Chalhoub, Wayne State University

Giscard Kfoury, Laurence Technological University  

Brief Description:

Extremum seeking has been studied over the past half a decade for navigation of autonomous agents in GPS-denied environments in applications that range from underwater contaminant plume tracking to bacterial chemotaxis. More recently, efforts have expanded to collaborative source seeking problems for swarms of vehicles that have some minimal capability to exchange the measurement information, and to non-cooperative and adversarial problems where the vehicles compete in a Nash game setting without communicating.  

This Educational Session will be conducted by Professor Miroslav Krstic. He will be providing an overview of this method to re-introduce it to the DSCD community. Most importantly, he will be covering control design issues, stability and convergence analysis of this method along with theoretical and experimental results in interesting applications as stated in the above abstract.


Special Session I: Teaching System Dynamics, Controls, and Mechatronics to Tomorrow’s Engineer (DSCC-MoCT6)

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Salon II

Sponsor: The MathWorks


Rohit Shenoy – The MathWorks

Drew McGrady – The Mathworks

Brief Description:

Modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems in Simulink: presented by Carlos Osorio. Modeling and simulating multiple physical domains simultaneously has been an area of focus for MathWorks for several years, driven largely by the needs of engineers in automotive, aerospace, and industrial automation industries. University students around the world, prepare for exciting careers in these fields using MathWorks products. Carlos will show how to solve industry relevant problems that combine control and multi-domain physical systems, including data from CAD systems, in the Simulink environment. He will also explain how these tools can be used in a classroom and research setting for the study of advanced mechatronics, system dynamics and kinematics.

Control of dynamic multi-domain systems: presented by Bora Eryilmaz, PhD. In its 2009 Controls Curriculum Survey, the IEEE Control System Society identified the gaps between control system education and industry expectations of entry-level control engineers. In January 2010, MathWorks developed new interactive educational materials for online access. These materials support the teaching of control systems with MATLAB and Simulink and help address the needs of industry. Additionally, the MathWorks control system design tools have added new capabilities that also help address these industry needs. Bora will show how you can incorporate the tutorial materials into your courses and leverage the new product capabilities in your teaching and research for control system analysis and design.

Implementation of and testing of control algorithms for mechatronics and real-time operation: presented by Rohit Shenoy and Doug Jones, PhD. Simulating a control system is only half the battle. The reality of physical implementation creates design constraints and challenges that must be addressed. Furthermore economic constraints must be addressed while still meeting the needs of a well rounded engineering education. This session will explore a range of solutions for implementing and testing control systems that have been developed in MATLAB and Simulink. Educators and researchers will learn about very low cost hardware options ideal for developing mechatronics curriculum, while also being introduced to industrial grade systems for rapid-prototyping and HiL testing

Special Session II: Rapid Deployment of Graphical and Textual Code to Real-Time Targets (DSCC-WeAT6)

Time: Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Salon I

Sponsor: National Instruments


Jeannie Sullivan Falcon, Ph.D. – Principal Engineer, National Instruments

Meghan Kerry – Marketing Manager, National Instruments

Brief Description:

National Instruments has introduced a number of high-level development frameworks, commonly referred to as “models of computation,” into a unified graphical system design platform. Examples include text-based math, C code, UML compatible statecharts data flow and signal flow. This software can also be used to target multicore processors, off-the-shelf real-time and FPGA-based systems as well as custom microprocessor and microcontroller devices. This presentation will include live demonstrations of real-time control system deployment to embedded targets. Real-time system identification, optimization, and vision will also be discussed and demonstrated.


Social Events

1. Tuesday Evening Tour

 5-wits Espionage show at Patriot Place

A tour of the new 5-wits Espionage and/or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attractions at Patriot Place  in Foxborough was arranged by the ASME local Boston Chapter, and has been scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 9/14. The tour will include an inside glimpse of the behind-the-scenes workings of the show as well as the opportunity to experience one of the two shows from start to finish. A charter bus will depart at 7:30 pm from the Marriott Boston Cambridge to take the tour participants to Patriot Place, and is expected to return to the hotel at 11:30 pm.

Registered conference participants must purchase a $20 ticket for each person attending the tour at the on-line Conference registration site at https://asme-dscd.papercept.net/registration/. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and are expected to be sold out, so please purchase your tickets early.

For more information about the new and exciting 5-wits Espionage and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attractions please visit:


2. Welcome Reception

Time: Sunday, 12 September 2010, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Location: Salon III–IV

Sponsor: The MathWorks

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Welcome Reception sponsored by The MathWorks to celebrate the opening of the 2010 DSC Conference and the IFAC Symposium of Mechatronic Systems.

3. Student, Young Professional, and Newcomer Orientation

Time: Sunday, 12 September 2010, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Location: Salon II

4. Women in DSCD Luncheon

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010,11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Meet at Registration Desk

5. Conference Luncheon and DSCD Awards Ceremony

Time: Tuesday, 14 September 2010, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Location: Salon III–IV

The conference luncheon will be followed by the annual DSCD Awards Ceremony. The DSCD awards for 2010 will be presented, including the Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award, the Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award, the Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award, and the Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award. The ASME Rufus Oldenburger Medal and the ASME Dedicated Service Award will be presented by the ASME President, Mr. Robert Simmons. The Student Best Paper finalists will be introduced and the winner will be announced. The Nyquist Lecturer will be acknowledged. This will be followed by a lecture given by the recipient of the Oldenburger Medal.

2010 Oldenburger Lecture

Title: On Driver Assistance Systems for Collision Avoidance – Strategies, sensor fusion, warnings and active interventions, driving experiments

Professor Rolf Isermann

Institute of Automatic Control, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Abstract: Accident statistics show that a further progress in the reduction of accidents can especially be expected by next generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This will be facilitated by mechatronic braking and steering systems that are already introduced. The talk presents some results of the joint Industry-University research project “PRORETA” with the goal to develop steps towards accident free driving. The first project considers a “driver assistance system for obstacle collision avoidance.” The obstacle on the own lane is detected by a fusion of LIDAR and camera data providing the system with information about distance and location. If the driver does not brake or steer in time the system automatically triggers an emergency braking and/or swerving to avoid a collision. This includes a fast and precise evasive trajectory control by automatic steering (e.g. by internal model control, nonlinear control, or local linear control). The goal of the second project is to develop a “driver assistance system for overtaking maneuvers” with regard to two lane rural roads. Far range RADAR detects the velocities and distances to the preceding and oncoming vehicle and a video camera supplies images of the road and vehicles. The measured data of the two sensors undergo a sensor fusion with Kalman filters. If the beginning of an overtaking maneuver is detected, the probable course of the maneuver is predicted by using the measured data for all three vehicles. If an accident free overtaking might not be possible, warnings are given to the driver and if the driver does not react a full braking of the own vehicle is fired such that the driver can turn back behind the overtaken vehicle. The talk shows the developed strategies, some basic computational solutions and the designed nonlinear control systems. Measured data are shown and some videos give an impression of driving experiments on a runway.

6. Student, Young Professional, and Newcomer Social Activity

Time: Tuesday, 14 September 2010, 7:30 – 11:30 pm

Location: Charter bus to 5-wits at Patriot Place in Foxborogh

7. Farewell Reception

Time: Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Salon III

Join us for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the success of the 2010 DSC Conference and the IFAC Symposium of Mechatronic Systems.


Committee Meetings


IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics Management Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Hospitality Suite

IFAC Mechatronics Technical Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 11:30 am – 12:40 pm

Location: Salon I

DSCD Model Identification and Intelligent Systems Technical Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Coolidge

DSCD Robotic Technical Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Hospitality Suite

DSCD Vibration and Smart Structure Technical Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Salon I

DSCD Mechatronics Technical Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Salon II 

DSCD Executive Committee Meeting

Time: Monday, 13 September 2010, 8:00 – 10:30 pm (Reception at 7:30 pm)

Location: Salon III

IFAC Mechatronics Journal Editorial Meeting

Time: Tuesday, 14 September 2010, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Hospitality Suite

ASME Systems and Design Group Operating Board Meeting

Time: Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Salon II

Joint 2010 and 2011 DSCC OpCom Meeting

Time: Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Location: Salon I


International Program Committee
Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Chair
Andreas Kugi, Vice-Chair from Europe
Jia-Yush Yen, Vice-Chair from Asia
Khalid El Rifai, Vice-Chair from Industry
James Antaki
Dong-il (Dan) Cho
Li-Chen Fu
Roger Goodall
Mitsuo Hirata
Yoichi Hori
Roberto Horowitz
Martin Hosek
Rolf Isermann
Klaus Janschek
Doyoung Jeon
Karel Jezernik
Okyay Kaynak
GianAntionio Magnani
Claudio Melchiorri
Reza Moheimani
Jun Ho Oh
Kohei Ohnishi
Sumita Pennathur
Klaus Schilling
Abu Sebastian
Bruno Siciliano
Jan Swevers
Per Tunestal
Job Van Amerongen
Yan Wang
James Welsh
National Organizing Committee

Brad Paden, Chair
Jeannie Falcon, Exhibits &Sponsorship
George Chiu, Publications
Huei Peng, Finance & Registration
Bin Yao, Publicity & Website
Yingzi Lin, Local Arrangements
Masayoshi Tomizuka, DSCC General Chair
T.C. Tsao, DSCC Program Chair
Peter Meckl, DSCC Editorial Board Chair
Program Committee
Leonessa, Alexander Virginia Tech. University
Kahveci, Nazli Ford Motors  Company
Yi, Jingang Rutgers University
 Sun, Zongxuan University of Minnesota
Chiu, George Purdue University
Horowitz, Roberto University of California Berkeley
Meckl, Peter Purdue University
Tsao, Tsu-Chin University of California Los Angeles

Conference Editorial Board

Barth, Eric J.

Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN, USA

Bevly, David

Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL, USA

Camino, Juan

UniCamp, Campinas, Brazil

Choi, Jongeun

Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, USA

Costello, Mark

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA

Darbha, Swaroop

Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA

de Queiroz, Marcio

Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Dixon, Warren

Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Fernandez, Benito

The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Kim, Won-Jong

Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA

Kiriakidis, Kiriakos

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Lee, Chunhao J.

General Motors Co., USA

Leonessa, Alexander

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Louca, Loucas S.

Univ. of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Nagamune, Ryozo

The Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

O'Malley, Marcia

Rice Univ., Houston, TX, USA

Pagilla, Prabhakar

Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK, USA

Sadegh, Nader

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA

Schoen, Marco

Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID, USA

Shi, Yang

Univ. of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Sun, Zongxuan

Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA

Tang, Jiong

Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

Ukpai, Ukpai

Cummins, Inc., Columbus, IN, USA

Vahidi, Ardalan

Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC, USA

Vantsevich, Vladimir

Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI, USA

Wagner, John R.

Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC, USA

Wang, Junmin

The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA

Yao, Bin

Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA

Yedavalli, Rama

The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA

Yi, Jingang

Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Yigit, Ahmet

Kuwait Univ., Kuwait

Youcef-Toumi, Kamal

MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

Zhao, Xiaopeng

The Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, USA