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Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field in which the following disciplines act together: electronic systems (microelectronics, power electronics, sensor and actuator technology), information technology (systems theory, automation, software engineering, artificial intelligence) and mechanical systems (mechanical elements, machines, precision mechanics), mechanical part normally dominating. Nowadays, mechatronic systems can be found everywhere: in medical applications (medical robotics, dental machines), in vehicular applications (automatic gear, engines with electronics, automatic and driver-less vehicles), in production industry (industrial robotics, production lines), in aerospace (mobile robotics, robotic arms, actuated wings tillers), in precision systems (atomic force microscopes, hard disk driver, electronic-mechanical watches, microrobotics), in petroleum engineering (extraction machines, actuated networks of pipelines)...
The contribution of control theory as well as the contribution of design methodologies in the development of mechatronic systems are undeniable: gain of time during the design, designed systems that (almost) satisfy various criterias, guaranteed performances in open-loop and closed-loop manner...
The objective the MACS research group is twofold :
- the design and development of mechatronic systems, with particular focus on micromechatronic ones.
- and the study and development of systems and control theory
The following lists some know-how and ongoing works at the MACS group:
- Energy harvesters development and applications
- Methodologies of design for micromechatronic systems and smart matters
- Observation and measurement methodologies for micro/nano systems
- Modeling and control of port-Hamiltonian systems in finite and infinite dimensional spaces
- Feedforward control for nonlinear and for badly damped smart materials based mechatronic systems
- Interval control techniques
- Modeling and control of micromechatronic systems
The MACS group is composed of 12 permanent researchers and engineers and approximately ten per year PhD students, post-docs and internships.
The group coordinates or participates in national and European projects and has strong relations with national and international partners (Chili, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Austria, USA, Australia, China, Canada...).