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CATS Research Areas

CATS Overview

The Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) provides a means for industry to utilize an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the science and technology of automation. More than 30 faculty members in nine departments at Rensselaer participate in the research and educational programs of the Center. With annual funding from the State of New York, the CATS pursues a mission of research excellence and service to industry, with a focus on applying these core technologies to a broad range of applications.

The traditional engineering of automated systems is frequently addressed by conservative over-design or by experience-based trial and error. However, the steady advances in computational power and miniaturized sensors and actuators make feasible new strategies: the broad application of an integrated systems approach, which promises higher performance, efficiency, robustness, and reliability.  The CATS works with industrial partners to pursue such strategies, advancing model-based methods and applying them to design, optimization, control, and monitoring for challenging and high impact real-world problems.

Example CATS Industrial Projects precision motion

CATS Core Research Areas cats eye graphic

CATS Spring 2008 Technology Showcase, April 2008: Posters Pictures Presentations

CATS Spring 2007 Tech Valley Engineering Symposium, April 2007: Presentations

CATS Spring 2006 Automation Open House, April 2006: Posters Pictures



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Research Focus Areas

Opto_Mechatronics Systems
nav_icon  Optomechatronics

Fuel Cell Manufacturing
nav_icon  Fuel Cell Manufacturing

Biomechanical Sensing
nav_icon  Biomedical Systems

Distributed Monitoring

nav_icon  Distributed Systems

Micro/Nano Assembly

nav_icon  Micro- and Nano-Systems

Industrial Automation

nav_icon  Robotics and Industrial Automation