Technical Short Courses Organized by the Chapter

The IEEE Control Systems Chapter, Singapore, had organized in 2005 the following short courses:

MECHATRONICS: Modeling, Component Interconnection, Sensors, Actuators, Control, and Integrated Design

Friday, May 20, 2005 (9:00am-5:00pm)

Course Outline

Mechatronics is a synergistic combination of precision mechanics, electronics, controls, and computer engineering, combined through a process of integrated design. A mechatronics engineer needs to be able to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analog and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design. It is not possible to provide an in-depth coverage of all these technologies in a single short course. The course will introduce key topics of the field of Mechatronics, as useful for both students and practicing professionals. Various concepts will be illustrated through worked examples and exercises. Case studies of Mechatronics will be provided to illustrate the integrated design process, which is involved.

Who Had Attended

The course had been well attended by 18 graduate students, researchers and engineers working in electro-mechanical or mechatronic systems.

The Course Lecturer

Dr Clarence W. de Silva, P.Eng., Fellow ASME and Fellow IEEE, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and has occupied the NSERC Research Chair in Industrial Automation since 1988. He has earned Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978) and the University of Cambridge, England (1998). Dr de Silva has also occupied the Mobil Endowed Chair Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

Dr de Silva has served as a consultant to several companies including IBM and Westinghouse in the U.S., and has led the development of six industrial machines. He is recipient of the Killam Research Prize, Outstanding Engineering Educator Award of IEEE Canada, Education Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Automation Congress, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Meritorious Achievement Award of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, and the Outstanding Contribution Award of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr de Silva has authored or co-authored 16 technical books, 12 edited volumes, over 160 journal papers, and about 200 conference papers and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards of twelve international journals, in particular as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Intelligent Engineering Systems, Senior Technical Editor of Measurements and Control, and Regional Editor, North America, of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence - the IFAC International Journal of Intelligent Real-Time Automation.

Dr de Silva is a Lilly Fellow, Senior Fulbright Fellow to Cambridge University, Fellow of the Advanced Systems Institute of British Columbia, and a Killam Fellow.

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