This lab demonstrates how controls are applied to automation processes such as: pointing and stabilization for payload systems, embedded servo control systems, autonomous systems, robotics, mechanism control and power electronics.
Student projects include controller, power, and telemetry electronics hardware and software for payloads; stabilization and pointing control systems, as well as autonomous ground vehicle development.
The Controls Lab offers a variety of model control systems replicating scale versions of real systems. Students conduct experiments to mathematically model their system and then design and implement a controller to achieve given specifications. The range of model systems available are suitable for introductory control and for advanced techniques such as multivariable or robust control. This lab serves Control Systems (EE 314), elective courses and special student projects.