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, Measurement, and Control

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Research Areas