CATS Research Areas
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
CATS Core Research Areas
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
Research Focus Areas
Fuel Cell Manufacturing
Micro- and Nano-Systems
Robotics and Industrial Automation