Shimon Y. Nof, Professor, Ph.D.
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Shimon Y. Nof, Professor, Ph.D.

PRISM Center

Production, Robotics, and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management (est. 1991)


PRISM Global Research Network
(est. 2001)

Current Research Projects at PRISM Center and Affiliates

- Best Matching Protocol
- Collaborative Decision Networks
- Conflict & Error Prevention/Detection
- HUB-CI Telerobotics
- More at PRISM...

Learning and research impacts

Key accomplishments and impact:

  • An original computer-aided methodology for concurrent facility design, later enhanced with a knowledge-based approach for integration;
  • Original investigation and development of small-scale, educational physical simulators of computerized facilities, later applied at over 400 university and industry labs worldwide;
  • The Manufacturing Operating System, MOS, model for intelligent control of distributed factories, applied by manufacturers of DNC, FMS, and for multi- robot cells;
  • RTM, the robot-time-and-motion technique for performance estimation and planning of alternative robot models and methods, that has been called by other researchers "the standard approach to robot work measurement", inspired the development of several commercial robot simulators;
  • Algorithms, protocols and procedures for optimizing robotic electronics assembly, applied by several microelectronics and communication corporations;
  • IRD, interactive robotic device to aid severely disabled children in learning, independent living;
  • TIE, a Teamwork Integration Evaluation parallel computing simulator family;
  • Defined Collaborative Control theory and influenced the IFAC Technical Board to adopt it as one of IFAC¡¯s key research initiatives;
  • Design principles, theories and tools for the development of Collaborative e-Work, defined by the PRISM Center in1999 as ¡°Collaborative, computer-enabled and communication supported activities of highly distributed organizations of people, robots, and autonomous systems, for significantly augmenting the abilities of humans at work and of enterprises to cooperate¡±.
  • Client-server and LAN models of integrated assembly-and-test facilities, implemented by several Indiana companies;
  • FDL, a collaborative Facility Design Language and its extension to FDL-CR with automated conflict resolution, integrated in commercial CAD systems;
  • CEDM, the conflict and error detection and prevention middleware developed for GM and others, resulting in IPDN Patent;
  • MDI, low cost mock drill portal for transportation security training and decision support in Indiana, applied by INDOT and recommended by Indiana DHS.
  • FTTP, fault-tolerant timeout protocol for wireless sensor and RFID networks communication, and TIF, timeout-based information forwarding protocol, resulting in the FTTP-TIF Patent.
  • FSN, Facility Sensor Network invention with interdisciplinary Technology and Engineering team at Purdue of MEMS sensor and RFID networks for real-time facility monitoring.
  • CCT, Collaborative Control Theory (see Nof, ARC, 2007).
  • CI, the Collaboratorium Initiative implementing CCT (under development as a School of IE initiative with Discovery Park, 2008- ).
Shimon Y. Nof, Professor, Ph.D.


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