Jan 28

Hierarchical Model Predictive Control for Electro-Thermal Coordination of Vehicle Energy Systems

135 Reber Building
3:35 p.m.

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Modern vehicles are governed by nonlinear dynamics spanning multiple timescales and physical domains. Due to electrification and increasing on-board power demands, managing both the electrical and thermal energy of these systems has become a significant challenge, limiting capability, safety, and efficiency. This talk will present a hierarchical control framework for vehicle energy management that meets this challenge by coordinating control actions throughout complex systems. Results to be presented include a hardware-in-the-loop implementation of electro-thermal hierarchical control and a decentralized passivity-based Model Predictive Control (MPC) approach that leverages the system structure to guarantee closed-loop stability under switching.


Dr. Herschel C. Pangborn is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on the dynamic modeling, control, and design of electro-thermal energy systems in vehicles and buildings, with particular emphasis on hierarchical control and switched systems.

Prior to earning his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019, Dr. Pangborn received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2013 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois in 2015. During the second half of 2019, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Illinois. Dr. Pangborn is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the University of Illinois MechSE Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and the ASME Energy Systems Technical Committee Best Paper Award. He has also been included on the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.


Jan 30

Micro-credentialing Workshop: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

125 Reber Building
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Feb 25

Air Products Distinguished Lecture: Democratizing Advanced Manufacturing

135 Reber Building
3:35 p.m.

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The technological foundations of advanced manufacturing continue to
rapidly evolve as ubiquitous sensing, cloud computing and storage and next
generation controllers are introduced into the manufacturing ecosystem. This
talk presents some of the technical concepts and business models that will
enable new technologies and capabilities in the manufacturing sector to be
rapidly deployed throughout the U.S. industrial base. Insights will be presented
into next-generation resilient production operations and business models
that favor local and point of assembly manufacturing. The talk will conclude
with a discussion of how rapidly advancing technical innovations will be
propagated throughout the manufacturing enterprise, ensuring a state-of-theart
manufacturing economy. This will provide opportunities for businesses of all
sizes and democratize advanced manufacturing technologies throughout the
United States.

Thomas Kurfess is the Chief Manufacturing Officer for Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL). In this position, he is responsible for the strategic planning
for advanced manufacturing at ORNL and the integration of advanced
manufacturing research and development into the overall strategic plan of
ORNL. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced
systems by rapidly developing, scaling and integrating new technologies
into production operations. Kurfess has significant experience in production
operations, manufacturing systems and policy issues related to advanced
manufacturing. During 2012-2013, Kurfess served as the Assistant Director
for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in
the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this
position, he had responsibility for engaging the federal sector and the greater
scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to




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