Undergraduate Projects:

Below, for undergraduate projects, I only list current projects or past projects where actual experiments were successfully constructed and control algorithms were implemented (many other students have been are currently are involved in simulation or analytical investigation-type studies).



Nonlinear and adaptive control for an inverted wedge (J. Musacchio):

Constructed an inverted wedge that is balanced by moving a weight across the top of it. The constructed experimental testbed is still used in the Intelligent Systems and Digital Control Laboratory. Funded by: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, (Robotics and Machine Intelligence Program), "Intelligent Controllers for Robotic Systems".

For more information on the control of this experiment see: Moore M.L., Musachio J., Passino K.M., "Genetic Adaptive Control for an Inverted Wedge," To appear in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 2001.


Control of a continuously variable clutch (T. Keiser):

Constructed two types of continuously variable transmissions and developed a controller for one. This project also resulted in the code for drivers for the Keithley DAS-20 which you can obtain at:


The constructed experiment is currently being used at the OSU Center for Automotive Research. Funded by: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, (Engineering Education and Centers Program) and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at The Ohio State University: "Fuzzy Control for a Power Transmission Experiment".


EE 682P Industrial Control System Design

Here, for their senior design project the students constructed model buildings and a computer temperature control system for each room in the building. Design challenges included sensor/actuator choice and implementation, graphical user interface design, and control algorithm development. Control algorithms were tested for disturbance rejection capabilities. The web site for this class is:


Both teams in the class successfully implemented the temperature control system test bed and are pictured at the left.

Later, Todd Broceus and Tyson Rathburn improved on the design and added more flexibility to obtain the experiment below (notice that the windows can be opened and closed, etc.):