2016 Spring Topical Meeting

Precision Mechatronic System Design and Control

Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22, 2016
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Meeting Co-Chairpersons:

David L. Trumper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jan van Eijk, MICE bv
Stephen J. Ludwick, Aerotech, Inc.
Dannis M. Brouwer, University of Twente

Keynote SpeakersTutorialTechnical Program

Lab ToursSchedule

The American Society for Precision Engineering its 5th Topical Meeting in a series on the precision design and control of mechatronic systems. Advanced manufacturing and automation processes depend on mechatronic systems, but often lack easily-specified dynamic performance requirements. Many of the frequency-domain tools familiar to control system designers do not easily translate into time-domain performance metrics that define system throughput, and quasi-static machine accuracy specifications are inadequate for characterizing the motion of a lightweight, high-speed tool at a point remote from the feedback sensors. In addition, the multi-domain nature of mechatronic systems requires that designers be able to trade cost and complexity between the mechanical elements, actuators, sensors, drives, and algorithms that constitute a mechatronic system.

The Meeting developed and promoted a broader understanding of the precision engineering principles of determinism for use in meeting the challenges posed by the design and control of high-performance mechatronic systems. It brought together specialists and practitioners from academia, industry, and government for the exchange of ideas and to identify topics of common concern for further research. In addition to presentations describing newly-developed techniques and research results, we also welcomed presentations of a tutorial nature to disseminate existing best practices and practical insights. The conference schedule included significant unstructured time to allow for technical and social interactions. The opening tutorial, The Dutch Approach to High Performance Motion Control, provided participants with the opportunity to become acquainted with both fundamental principles and recent developments in the field of mechatronic system design.