Systems, Measurements & Controls   

Systems is where everything comes together.  Purdue researchers model processes in everything from manufacturing and aerospace, to energy and human-machine interaction.  They pioneer new ways to gather diagnostic data on engines, computer networks, buildings, and many other complex systems.

Purdue also has a long history in automatic control, studying both theory and application.  Expertise in control and feedback leads to better mechatronics, robotics, vehicles, biomedical tools, and more.

Faculty in Systems, Measurements & Controls

  • Light scattering
  • Discrete dipole approximation (DDA)
  • Biomedical optics
  • Instrument development for food safety
  • Optical characterization of soot
  • Uncertainty propagation
  • Inverse problems
  • Propagation of information across scales
  • Optimal learning
  • Materials by design
  • Growing robots
  • Soft robotics
  • Bioinspired systems
  • Wearable robots
  • Haptics
  • Soft matter
  • Predictive computational tools for biological adaptation processes
  • Tissue expansion
  • Wound healing
  • Reconstructive surgery optimization
  • Numerical methods for biological membranes
  • Multi-scale robotic manipulation and assembly
  • Mobile micro/nano robotics
  • Micro/nano aerial vehicles
  • Micro-Bio robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • MEMS/NEMS
  • Automation for the life sciences
  • Dynamic systems and control
  • Mechatronics
  • Digital and functional printing and fabrication
  • Motion and vibration control and perception
  • Embedded systems and real-time control
  • Biomolecular nanomanufacturing
  • DNA origami and self-assembly
  • Optical nanoscopy and nanosensors
  • Bioinspired nanomechanical systems
  • Nanoscale energy conversion
  • Sound quality
  • Signal Processing
  • Data analysis
  • System modeling and identification
  • Condition monitoring of machinery
  • Perception-based engineering
  • Seat-occupant modeling
  • Principles of aerial and aquatic locomotion in animals
  • Experimental fluid mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Control
  • Bio-inspired robotics
  • Biologically inspired micro aerial vehicles and underwater robots
  • Bio-sensing and sensor fusion algorithms
  • Structural Dynamics and Control
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Machine Vision
  • Real-time Hybrid Simulation
  • Damage Detection and Structural Condition Monitoring
  • Cyberinfrastructure Development
  • Laser-absorption spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, & IR imaging sensors for gas temperature, pressure, velocity, and chemical species
  • Molecular spectroscopy, photophysics, & energy transfer in gases
  • Energetic materials (e.g., explosives & propellants) detection & combustion
  • Combustion and propulsion systems (small and large scale)
  • Biomedical sensing
  • Dynamic modeling and optimal control; model predictive control; decentralized control
  • Thermodynamics-based optimization; entropy generation minimization; exergy analysis
  • Integrated energy management and storage in distributed energy systems, building systems
  • Optics
  • Optical and laser-based measurements
  • Engineering instrumentation
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Diode-laser-based sensors
  • Gas turbine and internal engine combustion
  • Materials processing and synthesis
  • Combustion science
  • Fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Robotics
  • Marine Robotics
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Energy Autonomy
  • Systems Design
  • Coordination and Controls
  • Motion and vibration control
  • Adaptive control
  • Intelligent control using fuzzy logic and neural networks
  • Engine and emissions diagnostics
  • Robotics
  • Computational Design of Socio-Technical Systems
  • Secure Design and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Design by Self-Organized Virtual Communities
  • Integrated Products and Materials Design
  • MEMS, nanotechnology
  • BioMEMS
  • Biosensors
  • Protein detection
  • Aptamers (Nucleic-acid-based receptor molecules)
  • Model-based system and control design of commercial vehicle power trains
  • Connected and automated commercial vehicles
  • Internal combustion engine & after-treatment system design and controls
  • Flexible valve actuation in diesel and natural gas engines
  • Laser additive manufacturing
  • Ultrafast laser matter interaction
  • Laser welding
  • Laser assisted machining
  • Laser shock peening
  • Multi-physics, multi-scale modeling
  • Micro-nano manufacturing
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Metrology
  • Optomechanics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Contact mechanics
  • Laser-matter interactions
  • Laser-induced plasma and laser-plasma interaction
  • Laser applications in manufacturing, materials processing, and other areas
  • Adaptive and robust control
  • Nonlinear control
  • Precision control of mechanical systems
  • Vehicle control
  • Robotics
  • Multiscale superfast 3D optical sensing
  • Biophotonic imaging
  • Optical metrology
  • Machine/computer vision
  • 3D video telepresence
  • 3D video processing
  • Virtual reality
  • Human computer interaction