A Unique Teaching Laboratory Experience at UWM with the Quanser Rotary Servo

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

In this webinar, Prof. Brian Armstrong from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) will discuss how they used the Quanser Rotary Servo in their control systems laboratory to teach progressively more detailed system identification, modelling, and controls design techniques. The activities conclude with a unique competitive motion tracking challenge. Prof. Armstrong will describe how they modified the Rotary Servo hardware for this motion tracking experiment, the motivation behind it, and how the suppression of an accidental sliding mode was discovered. 


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Presenter’s Bio

Brian Armstrong studied Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT and Stanford.  Since arriving at UWM in 1989, he has  taught Circuit Analysis, Controls and Embedded Computing to undergraduate and graduate engineering students; published two books  and several score of referred articles on robotics, controls and image metrology.  He co-launched and led a startup company, Metria Innovation,  to commercialize a 3D image metrology technology developed in his laboratory.  Armstrong has been awarded 22 US and international patents.   
In 1992 Armstrong and colleague Ron Perez worked with Jacob Apkarian and the nascent Quanser Consulting to enhance the mechanical durability of the SRV-01, leading to an order for 8 SRV-02 units.  Having contributed to the training of several thousand Electrical and Mechanical engineering students, those units were replaced with SRV-02B’s in 2017.   In 2001 Armstrong and Perez published an article on their curriculum in IEEE Control Systems Magazine: “A Controls Laboratory Program with an Accent on System Identification.”