ASPE 2020 Spring – Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems

ASPE 2020 Spring – Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems

ASPE 2020 Spring Topical Meeting
Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems

Wednesday-Friday, May 6-8, 2020
Virtual Meeting: hosted via Zoom

Meeting Co-Chairpersons
David L. Trumper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chinedum Okwudire, University of Michigan
Dick Laro, MI-Partners
Wouter Hakvoort, University of Twente

Attendee Type Member Non-Member
Tutorials (price per tutorial) $275 $295
Digital conference pass – Day 1 $100 $120
Digital conference pass – Day 2 $100 $120
Digital conference pass – student – Day 1 $75
Digital conference pass – student – Day 2 $75
Full conference pass – (includes 1 yr. ASPE membership)
Note – Tutorial fees are separate
$300 $330
Full conference pass – student (includes 1 yr. ASPE membership)
Note – Tutorial fees are separate

Please note: Attendee conference fees do NOT include tutorials. If you plan to attend a tutorial, this must be purchased separately.

Please note: the updated registration fees for the virtual meeting. If you had already registered using the original pricing, we are happy to provide you with a refund or apply the additional funds as a credit towards your 2021 ASPE membership dues or your registration for the ASPE Annual Meeting in October. Please let us know which option you prefer by sending an email to


Schedule of Events to be posted.

  • **ASML Student Scholarship information and application** – Deadline passed.
    • With the generous support of the ASML company, we will have 12 student scholarships to award to students who are submitting and selected to present a paper at the 2020 ASPE Spring Topical Meeting on the Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems. These scholarships will cover the cost of conference registration for the spring topical meeting. Students selected will be able to attend the conference without paying the registration fee. Fees for the conference tutorials on Wed. May 6 are not included in the scholarship.
    • The ASML student scholarship is available to students who are attending university and will be attending at the time of the conference. To apply for the scholarship, please click the link above for more information.
  • **Paper Submission** 

The deadline for short abstract submission to the ASPE Spring Topical Meeting on the Design and Control of Precision Mechatronic Systems is extended to Friday Feb. 7, 2020. Please submit your abstract * here *. Abstracts received by this revised deadline will be reviewed, with an acceptance decision by Tuesday Feb. 18. Deadline passed.

Meeting Overview:

The American Society for Precision Engineering is holding its sixth topical meeting on the design and control of precision mechatronic systems. The conference solicits papers in theory and applications of control with a focus on achieving high precision in research efforts and in industrial applications. The use of precision control is of particular current interest, given the increasing use of mechatronic solutions in many fields with very high performance requirements, especially in the context of the so-called fourth industrial revolution (aka Industry 4.0 or IIoT).

Mechatronic systems are critical to a wide range of advanced manufacturing and automation processes. The importance of precision mechatronic system control is only expected to rise with the strong push for smarter and more automated manufacturing processes, as well as systems driven by Industry 4.0. Mechatronic systems in the age of Industry 4.0 are more likely to integrate traditional technologies (i.e., mechanical elements, actuators, sensors, drives, and control algorithms) with emerging technologies like cloud computing, big data analytics and artificial intelligence towards achieving high performance. These degrees of freedom bring new opportunities and challenges for precision mechatronic system design and control, but often lack easily-specified requirements on dynamic performance. Many of the frequency-domain tools familiar to control system designers do not readily translate into the time-domain performance that defines system throughput, and quasi-static machine accuracy specifications are of limited usefulness in describing the motion of a lightweight, high-speed tool at a point somewhat distant 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 conference is intended to further develop and promote a broader understanding of the precision engineering principle of determinism for use in meeting the challenges posed by the design of high-performance mechatronic systems, especially considering the opportunities and challenges brought about by Industry 4.0. It will bring together specialists and practitioners from academia, industry, and government for the exchange of ideas and to identify topics of common concern for further research. We encourage presentations of a tutorial nature to disseminate existing best-practices as well as those that highlight and introduce new research and other novel developments. The conference schedule will include tutorial sessions on the pre-conference day May 6. The conference presentations will occur on May 7 and 8. The conference will also include significant unstructured time to allow for technical and social interactions, as well as a student poster session and walking tours of MIT laboratories.