Cybernetics in Material Science - Pavel Václavek
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Cybernetics in Material Science - Pavel Václavek

Management

Prof. Pavel Václavek, Ph.D. Prof. Pavel Václavek, Ph.D.
Research Group Leader
Petr Fiedler, Ph.D. Petr Fiedler, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher

Research areas

  • Smart sensors and signal processing, sensors design using new materials
  • Advanced control technologies, electrical actuators control
  • Mobile robotic systems, reconnaissance robotics, telepresence
  • Embedded systems and communication technologies

Main objectives

  • Development of novel sensors, control and communication technologies
  • Development of advanced reconnaissance mobile robotic system equipped with novel chemical, biological and nuclear sensors
  • Application of new materials and technologies in sensors, actuators and robotic systems
  • Development of control systems and instrumentation for research and production of new materials

Content of research

Advanced control, sensors and communication technologies are key components of many industrial systems. Current progress in development of these technologies enables new possibilities of practical applications of new results of other research fields including advanced materials.

Research of advanced control technologies is aimed to energy optimal, safe and reliable control of robotics systems and technological processes. Special attention is paid to advanced control of electrical drives with applications in precise servo-drives in robotics, technological processes, actuators and ecological transportation systems. In the sensors field the research deals with the development of special smart sensors and power harvesting devices. The main goal is the application of advanced materials and new methods of signal processing, especially for data fusion, signal processing of sensor arrays, autocalibration and autodiagnostics. Special attention is paid to acoustic and vibration sensors and acoustic emission transducers. Interests in embedded systems include development of communication interfaces for special instrumentation including smart sensors and actuators; the design of new solutions for distributed data acquisition and data fusion; the development of special electronics for technological processes. Reconnaissance mobile robotic systems for special environments are being developed. The systems are to work in hazardous environments, such as areas with chemical, nuclear and biological contamination. Due to the nature of these environmental conditions, the systems use special materials to be able to withstand massive contamination, decontamination processes, and to decrease their detectability. Smart sensors are used on-board the robots to enhance their functionality.

 

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