My research interests are in Control Systems, Estimation theory, Fault-tolerant Systems and Robotics.
I am currently working in the implementation of Real-Time Advanced Control Systems and Observers/Estimators.
Since their inception, control systems have been an enabling technology. Control systems were introduced during the
industrial revolution with devices like the James Watt flyball governor,. Over the past 40 years, the developments in
analog and digital electronics have resulted in dramatic increases in the computational power of microcomputers and microcontrollers.
These developments provided for the implementation of advanced control techniques. These advanced control techniques enabled
the successful development of high performance applications such as:
Control systems have reached a high level of theoretical development and there exists a myriad of applications. However, the development of new sensors and actuators for old and new applications continues. Therefore, the demand for new theoretical concepts and approaches, to handle increasingly complex applications remains high.
Stringent requirements for safety, reliability and profitability are demanded for the chemical and manufacturing industries. These requirements have generated the necessity of designing control systems with the ability of handling defects/malfunctions in process equipment, communication networks, sensors and actuators, . Issues related to faults may include physical damage to the process equipment, misuse of raw material and energy resources, increase in the downtime for process operation resulting in significant production losses and jeopardizing personnel and environmental safety . Management of abnormal situations is a challenge in the chemical industry since abnormal situations account annually for 10 billion in lost revenue in the U.S. alone, . Aside from the economical implications, which failures in technological systems imply, the loss of life is also a fundamental reason for designing control systems capable of handling systems’ components faults or failures. Reliability and operational safety is one of the main research focus areas in the design of current and future control systems of UAVs.