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The Autonomous Systems Lab

Our effort is focused on building autonomy into various systems operating in unstructured or uncertain environments. This includes navigating with natural signals without GPS—using the magnetic field, angles to the sun, moon, stars, or landmarks, and gravity for orientation and positioning. Autonomous path and mission planning aim at permitting a few operators to control a large number of assets, such as sensors or unmanned vehicles. Adaptation to changing vehicle conditions needs health monitoring and adaptive control. Our work on energy management aims to balance supply and demand in the smart grid at various levels—in the grid to improve utility efficiency and grid safety, at residences or commercial facilities to reduce their costs and billing uncertainties arising from real time prices—all without operator intervention. Our work on facility security dynamizes security settings in a variety of systems to make it hard for intruders to compromise the system without operators having to monitor very much. We develop and use tools of system identification: static and dynamic, on the sensing systems we construct and the utility and facility data that pass through our controllers. We also use tools of estimation and control of stochastic systems to make sense of the data collected, to convert economic signals to control signals, and to alert human operators.



Contact Information:

Kartik B. Ariyur, Vitae: PDF

Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: (765) 494-8613
FAX: (765) 494-0539




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