Seminar on "Power Management in Complex Multi-Physics Systems"

Andrew Alleyne


Monday, April 4, 2016 - 3:30pm to Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 4:30pm


ESB 1001


Prof. Andrew Alleyne, Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professorship, the College of Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

This talk is motivated by a long term trend regarding mobile systems such as aircraft, on-highway vehicles, off-highway vehicles, marine vehicles etc. There is a steady increase in the level of electrification within these systems both in terms of overall electrical power as well as power density. The increase in electrical power density is limited by the ability to manage the thermal power resulting from inevitable system inefficiencies.  The focus of this talk is on the overall management of power flow, in multiple physical modalities (electrical/thermal).

We present a particular hierarchical approach to power flow that accommodates multiple power modes. The hierarchy allows for systems operating on different time scales to be coordinated. It also allows for different dynamic decision making tools to be used at different levels of the hierarchy based on the needs of the physical systems under control. Recent analytical and simulation results will be presented representing both generic interconnected complex systems as well as specific examples from industrial partners.

Bio: Professor Alleyne received his B.S. in Engineering Degree from Princeton University in 1989 in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and 1994, respectively, from The University of California at Berkeley.  He joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and is also appointed in the Coordinated Science Laboratory of UIUC.  He currently holds the Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professorship in the College of Engineering. He was awarded the ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Division’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the Henry Paynter Award.  He was a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands where he held a Visiting Professorship in Vehicle Mechatronics at TU Delft.  He is the recipient of the ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award and is also a Fellow of ASME.  His research interests are a mix of theory and implementation with a broad application focus. In addition to research he has a keen interest in education and has earned the College of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Award, the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. He has been active in the ASME, the IEEE, and several other societies. Additionally, has been active on several boards including the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Air Force.  Further information may be found at:


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