Raymond de Callafon also brings the practical application of model identification and control design techniques to his classes via demos and the possibility to work with actual experimental data or physical systems available in his laboratory. Next to the regular classroom based courses, laboratory courses are being taught to cover the experimental aspects. For that purpose, experiments in specific (undergraduate) laboratory courses (MAE171a, MAE175a, MAE171b, MAE156b and ECE191) and the facilities of the Undergraduate and Graduate Control Laboratory (UGCL) are maintained by Raymond de Callafon.
During the Summer of 2013, Prof. de Callafon is teaching the COSMOS cluster on Engineering Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures. For the Fall Quarter of 2013, Prof. de Callafon is scheduled to teach the graduate course on System Identification MAE283a. A summary of courses taught by Prof. de Callafon is listed below.
Graduate CoursesThe following graduate courses have been taught by Prof. de Callafon:
- MAE283a, Parametric Identification - theory and tools, taught in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and 2012. This course has been scheduled to be taught by Prof. de Callafon during the 2013 Fall session.
MAE283b, Approximate Identification and Control or Identification
for Control is taught bi-annually and was given in
2001 (together with Prof.
This course has been scheduled to be taught by Prof. de Callafon during the 2014 Spring session.
MAE284, Robust and Multivariable Control,
taught in 2000,
This course has been scheduled to be taught by Prof. de Callafon during the 2015 Spring session.
- MAE291 co-teaching in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2013.
One is invited to click on one of the class numbers to get a more detailed description about the classes and course contents. The different years refer to the class website of the different years in which the classes were taught. They provide an excellent resourse for past exams, homework sets and lecture notes.
Undergraduate CoursesThe following undergraduate (laboratory) courses have been taught by Prof. de Callafon:
- MAE1, Introduction to Engineering taught in 1999 and 2000.
- AMES141b, Digital Control Systems , taught in 1999.
- MAE171a, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory and later Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Laboratory, taught in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
- MAE175a, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Laboratory Course, (along with partial responsability for MAE171a) taught in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and currently being scheduled for the in the Winter Quarter of 2014.
- MAE171b, Advanced Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, taught in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. After 2008 the course has been changed to a Technical Elective for MAE students and has been co-taught again by Prof. de Callafon in 2012.
- MAE143b, Linear Control - Theory and Applications, co-taught in 2002 and in the summer sessions of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- MAE156b, Fundamental Principles of Mechanical Design II, project participation in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The website for MAE156b is maintained by the most recent course instructors.
- CENG120, Chemical Process Dynamics and Control taught in 2003 and 2004. After 2004, the course has been cross-listed with MAE143b.
Medical Device Engineering
As part of a new Master of Advanced Study in Medical Device Engineering, Prof. de Callafon leads a new course on embedded systems for medial devices, MDE240. The course was taught in the Winter Quarter of 2013 and Prof. de Callafon is scheduled to teach the course again during the Winter Quarter of 2014.
Undergraduate and Graduate Control Laboratory
|Vibration and data acquistion hardware for teaching purposes in the UGCL|
The hardware in the laboratory has special interface software and numerous thought-provoking experiments for the study of dynamics and mechanical vibrations. The equipment in the laboratory has many advanced system I/O and data processing capabilities. As a result, the experiments in the laboratory are used to generate experimental data for instructional purposes in several courses both at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, the experiments are used interactively by students to study problems of data-based modeling, dynamic system identification, vibration analysis and real-time control in a laboratory environment. For more information, see also the webpage of the UGCL.
COSMOS - Engineering Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures
|Close-up image of a structure used in the COSMOS cluster on Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures|
As part of the annual COSMOS program, Prof. de Callafon and Dr. Delson have been teaching the cluster on Engineering Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures since 2005. The cluster teaches students to analyse, design and build actual working devices of mechanical kinetic scultptures and interface them with sensors, actautors and a microprocessor to learn the basic concepts behind decision and control algorithms applied to a mechanical system.
The cluster uses the MAE Design Studio for manufacturing and design of mechanical parts on a LASERcamm Rapid Prototyping machine. Students learn the physics behind moving objects and learn how to program a microcontroller for processing optical sensor information and the active control of the Kinetic Sculpture. More information can be found on the cluster webpage on Engineering Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures.