Dynamics and Control of Flexible Structures


Event details

Date and time 03.05.2011 05.05.2011  
Place and room
GC G1 515
Speaker Prof. Robert Skelton, Professor Emeritus, University of California at San Diego
Category Conferences - Seminars
Lecture 1 (10:30 am – 11:30am, May 3rd) Dynamics and Control of Flexible Structures Universities often teach dynamics and control as separate and independent subjects, often leading to contradictory design criteria. But structure design and control design are extremely interdependent tasks, with no clear analytical tools to unify them. This talk explains key elements of the challenges, which impact our traditional concepts of model error, controllability, and system design. Motivation is given for using tensegrity structures as the paradigm for controllable structures using the smallest possible control energy and the smallest possible mass. To integrate these topics one must include information architecture (locations and precisions of all actuators and sensors) in the design and decision-making procedure. Algorithms to do this are given. Lecture 2 (10:30 am – 11:30am, May 4th) Tensegrity Fractals and Optimal Complexity of Structures Lecture 3 (10:30 am – 11:30am, May 5th) Tensegrity Structure Design Biography of Prof. Robert Skelton Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1999. External Independent Readiness Review Committee, 1997-1999: Second and Third Servicing Missions for the Hubble Space Telescope Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 1995. Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 1990. Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1992 Russell Severance Springer Chair, University of California Berkeley, 1991. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award, 1986. National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board 1983-88. Lockheed Missles and space company, Huntsville 1963-1965 Sperry Rand, Huntsville 1965-1975

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • Dr. Thanh N. TRINH



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