Plenary lecture by Dr. Ottino available for download

Plenary Talk: Thinking in a Complex World: Navigating Art, Technology, and Science

Professor Julio M. Ottino, Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Distinguished McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University

Download the lecture slides  presented at the DSCC 2011.

Download the article published in Forbes co-authored by Dr. Ottino

Link to the the video of a similar talk given at  the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Link to the abstract and brief biography of Professor Ottino

Nyquist 2011 lecture available for download, NOW!!

Download Nyquist 2011 lecture delivered by Prof. Vidyasagar on November 1, 2011 here: Download

Read about Prof. Vidyasagar here

Funding Agency Sessions @ DSCC2011!!!!

Funding Agency Session I:

The Department of Defense (DoD) AND The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Tuesday, 6:00pm-7:30pm – Ballroom B
  • Marc Steinberg (Office of Naval Research)
  • George Chiu (National Science Foundation)
  • Thomas F. Russell (National Science Foundation)

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Funding Agency Session II: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:30pm – Ballroom B
Speaker: Grace C. Y. Peng
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NSF/DSC Workshop on Frontiers of Dynamic Systems and Control, November 2-3, 2011

 Sponsored by ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division and the National Science Foundation, CMMI Division  

 The goal of this workshop is to map out some new directions for research and education for the DSC community. It is the fourth in a series of workshops that started with the first DSCC. So far there have been workshops on Bio-Systems and Control, Neuro-mechanical Engineering, Building Systems, and on the future of Intelligent Transportation Systems. This workshop will bring together researchers from BIO, CISE, and ENG communities with diverse interests in topics that include human motor control, bio-inspiration, and nano-manufacturing. In addition, program officers representing NSF and DOD agencies will contribute both formally and informally to workshop presentations and discussions. Each of our workshops this year will be video'ed by the experts at Savvy Productions. They are the premier Utah Video Production supplier and will provide the best footage of each of our sessions.  



Registration: Please confirm your attendance by e-mail. Also please list your order of preference (1 for top priority, 3 for the least) for breakout sessions: human motor control , bio-inspired control, nano-manufacturing/cyber physical systems. It is anticipated that partial travel support of the order of $400-500 will be available for 40 participants. More information will be made available at the workshop.    

 For more inofrmation and details, please visit the following link:

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“Thinking in a Complex World: Navigating Art, Technology, and Science”, Plenary lecture by Dr. Julio M. Ottino


Wednesday, November 2, 8:30 AM

Thinking in a Complex World: Navigating Art, Technology, and Science

Dr. Julio M. Ottino


Why are people afraid of complexity? Complexity was named the number one challenge in the most recent IBM Global CEO Study, and creativity was named the most important leadership skill over the next five years. However, despite the challenges it presents, it is possible to thrive under complexity. This requires a new way of looking at the world — a world where things that were once disjointed combine, leading to spectacular new results; where science merges with technology and new disciplines appear; where technologies combine with other technologies, services merge with technologies, and services combine with other services; and where thinking is augmented in new and unexpected ways. How do we develop people who are comfortable bridging and blurring these domains? This talk will focus on the evolution of art, science, and technology and lessons that may be transferred across these domains. These lessons can help produce people who see simplicity in complexity and complexity in simplicity.

Julio M. Ottino


Dr. Julio M. Ottino is the dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University where he holds the titles of Distinguished McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Ottino’s current research is focused on granular dynamics and complex systems and has been featured in articles and on the covers of Nature, Science, Scientific American, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. He currently is on the Scientific Board of AkzoNobel and several startup companies.

Ottino received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and held positions at UMass/Amherst and chaired and senior appointments at Caltech and Stanford.  Ottino is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Alpha Chi Sigma and the Walker Awards from AIChE and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society, where he is also a Fellow. In 2008 he was selected by AIChE as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era.”

Dr Ottino is also an artist, having exhibited his paintings and sculptures (  He is currently working on a book about the creative processes connecting technology, business, and art.

Explore the surroundings: Experience DC!

Washington DC Monuments

Washington DC area caters to all age groups and interests!!

For exploring and planning: visit The official tourism website of Washington DC.

Many things to do around the DSCC 2011 conference site*:

If ARTS and CULTURE is your thing, then consider-

  • National Museum of Natural History 10.5 km/6.5 miles
  • Arlington National Cemetery 6.4 km/4.0 miles
  • National Portrait Gallery 6.4 km/4.0 miles
  • Jefferson Memorial 9.0 km/5.6 miles
  • International Spy Museum 10.5 km/6.5 miles
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of The National Air and Space Museum 32.2 km/20.0 miles
  • Newseum 10.8 km/6.7 miles
  • National Gallery of Art 9.6 km/6.0 miles
  • Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum 6.4 km/4.0 miles
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 9.5 km/5.9 miles
  • US Air Force Memorial 5.5 km/3.4 miles
  • Lincoln Memorial 8.8 km/5.5 miles
  • The Smithsonian Museums 6.4 km/4.0 miles
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park 8.0 km/5.0 miles
  • National Aquarium at Baltimore 86.4 km/53.7 miles
  • National Zoo 8.0 km/5.0 miles
  • Georgetown 6.6 km/4.1 miles
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor 85.9 km/53.3 miles
  • Alexandria, VA 7.7 km/4.8 miles
  • Arlington, VA 0.0 km/0.0 miles
  • Chinatown 11.3 km/7.0 miles
  • Downtown Washington, D.C. 9.6 km/6.0 miles

*Source: Conference Hotel Website; All distances are from the hotel

Book your stay: The Westin Arlington Gateway

One of the newest hotels in the Washington D.C. area, The Westin Arlington Gateway enjoys prime access to its surrounding area. In the active Ballston area of Arlington, and just a short walk from the Ballston Metro Station, guests have the option of exploring Arlington, Virginia or venturing into the nation’s capital.

The Westin Arlington Gateway prides itself on outstanding service; with a 7,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided three ways for meeting spaces, and a total of over 10,000 square feet of state-of –the-art meeting facilities. The staff can help you plan your next event, with a professional catering service and staff. Their modern Italian steakhouse and lounge, Pinzimini, serves world-class food and is the perfect place to relax any time of day. There’s even a full service Starbucks located right in the hotel lobby.

A personalized Web site for ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Conference occurring (October 29, 2011 – November 3, 2011) has been created.  Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from August 2, 2010 to October 29, 2011.

Click here to book your hotel now!

801 North Glebe Road
Arlington,Virginia 22203
United States

Phone: (703) 717-6200

New workshop announced: “Frontiers of Fluid Systems: Milli, Micro and Nano”

New workshop announced: “Frontiers of Fluid Systems: Milli, Micro and Nano”

Noon to 5pm, Sunday, October 30, 2011

Workshop in Honor of Wayne Book

HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Professor of Fluid Power and Motion Control

on the occasion of his retirement from the Georgia Institute of Technology

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Prof. M. Vidyasagar to deliver the Nyquist Lecture at DSCC 2011!

Prof. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar from the Univ. of Texas, Dallas will give the Nyquist lecture entitled:

“Four Decades of Control: A Journey of Reinventions”

Tuesday, November 1, 8:30 AM

Read more here.

“Engineering Education: Creating Opportunity in a Changing and Uncertain World”, Plenary lecture by Dr. Charles Vest


8:30 AM, Monday, October 31, 2011

Engineering Education: Creating Opportunity in a Changing and Uncertain World

Charles M. Vest

President, National Academy of Engineering

President Emeritus, MIT

The most important product of our universities and engineering schools is opportunity – opportunity for graduates, for business and industry, and for states and regions.  We are a critically important part of the innovation system, but are faced with rapid change and stress.  Our universities, especially public institutions, are experiencing serious financial pressures that will drive change.  Enrollment in engineering schools is out of step with our national needs and with the changing demography of the U.S.  Globalization is causing us to rebalance international competition and cooperation.   Despite these stresses, it is a very exciting time to be engaged with engineering and science, and our role in society is becoming ever more central.

Charles M. VEST

Charles M. Vest is president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the author of a book on holographic interferometry and two books on higher education.  He holds 17 honorary doctorates, received the 2006 National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush, and the 2011 Vannevar Bush award from the US National Science Board.

Quick tips

1)      The whole conference will take place in the 2nd floor of the Westin Hotel  (801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, Phone: 703-717-6200).

2)      The registration desk will be close to the Ernest Hemingway Salons

3)      For those using public transportation, the hotel is 2 small blocks from the Ballston station of the Orange Line of the Metro (Metropolitan DC’s Subway system – see: ) – you can take the metro directly from the Reagan Airport (“DCA”) or through a shuttle bus ( ) from the Dulles Airport (“IAD”).  It is a short walk from the metro station to the hotel.

4)      Of course you can also take a taxi to the hotel.

5)      We have added some extra opportunities to talk with our colleagues and friends and meet new ones.  In addition to longer breaks (30 minutes) with the necessary coffee and tea, we have added two new opportunities for those who decide to have breakfast or lunch at the hotel and continue with the converstion.  The amount of food will be limited given that many of you will opt to go out in small groups to explore the numerous great restaurants in the area.  These are:

Continental BreakfastTime: Every day, Monday – Wednesday, 7.00 – 8.30 amLocation: F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer

Networking LunchTime:  Monday and Wednesday, noon – 1.30 pmLocation: F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer

6)      The area has many great restaurants and bars, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore them.  For those with more time to explore: the Washington DC area is known to have both the quality and culinary diversity similar to New York or San Francisco.  Talk to locals (like Azim, local arrangements chair or me) or the hotel concierge for recommendations.

Availability of Student Travel Grants announced!

Availability of Student Travel Grants to the 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC 2011). For details, visit

New frontier and education sessions announced!

Education Session:

 Transforming Engineering Education: A Panel Discussion

 Organizers: A. Galip Ulsoy and Eduardo Misawa

Moderator: A. Galip Ulsoy

 Monday, Track A, Ballroom C (MoAT7)

 Several studies and workshops have pointed to the fact that the challenge for engineering schools in the USA is how to educate engineers that provides five times the value added when compared to the global competition.  A panel of experts will summarize their opinions and some of the earlier reports and recommendations.  They will present the challenges and opportunities that the engineering community is facing; of particular interest will be role that the dynamic systems and controls professionals and academics can play in shaping the future for our future colleagues.

 Speakers include:

  • Will Durfee – Professor and Director of Design Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • A. Galip Ulsoy – C.D. Mote, Jr. Distinguished University Professor and William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Chuck Vest – President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • William J. Wepfer – Professor and Vice Provost for Distance Learning and Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology


Frontier Session:


Dynamic System and Control Issues in Bio-Systems and Health Care


Offered by:  ASME DSCD Bio-Systems & Health Care Sub-Technical Committee

Organizer: H. Harry Asada


Monday, Track C – Ballroom C (MoCT7)


The focus of this Frontier Session is to address dynamic systems and control issues in bio-systems and health care. There is a significant increase in research volume and activities of

the ASME members working in the field of bio-systems and health care. Dynamic systems and control issues are one of the major challenges in those activities, but their works have been published in many isolated conferences and societies where the dynamic systems and control aspect is not a focal point. The objective of this Frontier Session is to identify those isolated research activities and address dynamic systems and control issues that are essential and common to the diverse research topics on bio-systems and health care. Specifically, we will discuss:

  • What is the role of dynamic systems and control in bio-systems and health care research?
  • What are long-term research interests and goals for us in the DSCD?
  • Does the traditional discipline of dynamic systems and control meet the needs in bio-systems and health care research?
  • What sort of new tools, methodology, and theory of dynamic systems and control are needed for advancing research in bio-systems and health care?
  • How should we educate students working on bio-systems and health care research?

Speakers will be brought in from various fields of bio-systems and health care, ranging from molecular and cell biology, cellular systems and organs, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine to rehabilitation, surgical robotics, medical devices, health monitoring, point-of-care, and elderly care.

Tentative speakers include:

  • Jaydev P. Desai – Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Xiaopeng Zhao – Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee
  • Jun Ueda – G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering,Georgia Institute of Technology
  • H. Harry Asada – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Industry Session I:

 Teaching Control Systems with the Latest MATLAB Capabilities

 Sponsor: MathWorks

 Speaker: Bora Eryilmaz – Engineering Manager, Control and Identification Group, Mathworks

 Monday, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Ballroom C (lunch provided)


Control systems are present in many applications and disciplines, including robotics, mechatronics, and renewable energy. Join us to learn about recently introduced MATLAB and Control System Toolbox capabilities that you can use to enhance teaching and learning in control systems classes. In this session, we’ll present industry-relevant techniques and capabilities that help students understand control system design and analysis. Additionally, we will demonstrate techniques to help you share MATLAB code and course examples with a wider audience through the web.

Topics include:

  • Code publishing of course examples and exercises to the web (HTML, PDF) directly from your MATLAB code
  • PID controller design capabilities in MATLAB and Simulink
  • Working with time-delay systems and analysis of feedback systems with internal delays
  • Working with multiple plant models for approximate robust controller design using the SISO Design Tool

The session will also provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions with a senior MathWorks developer in the controls area.


Industry Session II:

Rapid Deployment of Control Code to Real-Time Targets

Sponsor: National Instruments


  • Jeannie Falcon, Chief Engineer, Control and Simulation, National Instruments
  • Andy Chang, Control Systems Engineer, National Instruments

Tuesday, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, Ballroom C (appetizers and drinks provided)

National Instruments has introduced a number of high-level development frameworks, commonly referred to as “models of computation,” into a unified graphical system design platform. Examples include text-based math (including user-developed .m files), signal flow (for dynamic systems), C code, UML compatible statecharts, and data flow.

This software can also be used to target multicore processors, off-the-shelf real-time and FPGA-based systems as well as custom microprocessor and microcontroller devices. This presentation will include live demonstrations of real-time control system deployment to embedded targets.  Various case studies in the areas of robotics, green engineering, biomedical devices, education, and manufacturing will also be presented.

A drawing for a free real-time board-only target will be held at the end of the session.


Industry Session III:

How Quanser Can Help You Advance Your Research

Sponsor: Quanser


  • Paul Karam
  • Leor Grebler

Monday, October 31, 6:00 – 6:45 pm, Ernest Hemingway Salon 1 (appetizers and drinks provided)

Too many research projects are adversely affected by inadequate preparation or insufficient knowledge of available resources. That is totally unnecessary when leading edge tools and resources exist to help researchers focus on what’s most important – the
research itself.

In this 45-minute presentation, Quanser will explain how it has helped researchers around the world avoid serious developmental obstacles and move forward to achieve their research goals in a timely and efficient manner.

The presentation will include case studies, videos and live demonstrations.  A wide range of research topics will be discussed, including unmanned vehicle systems, mechatronics and haptics. Our presenters will show that Quanser has helped researchers speed up their work. The process requires early engagement of a Quanser Academic Solutions Advisor; meetings between researchers and Quanser experts to discuss research goals, available products and processes; and agreement on a collaborative plan of action.

The individual project and goals determines if the collaborative plan of action is simple or multi-dimensional. Solutions typically range from utilizing simple control design software, software plus hardware, design consultation with Quanser engineers, to engaging Quanser to build prototypes to the research team’s specifications. Two decades of experience and relationships with over 2,500 universities and research institutions worldwide are behind the solutions that will be discussed.

This is a presentation that shouldn’t be missed.

Advance registration deadline extended to Sep. 25!

Go to to register for the conference.

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Dr. Richard Burton to deliver Koski lecture!

Robert E. Koski Medal Lecture

Tuesday, November 1, 8:30 AM

Full Cycle: Some thoughts on education of undergraduate and graduate students in the area of fluid power

Dr. Richard T. Burton, 2011 Robert E. Koski Medal recipient

So I thought about this and started asking myself what have I learned over this cycle and what contributions have I made. This led me to think about how I have handled my career from a teaching, research and administrative point of view. I have done things that work, and others that have not been so successful. Since one of my research areas was in based on “expert systems”,  and since these areas represent my passion. I thought what better way try to add to the fluid power community by discussing some things that others might consider as they develop their own careers.  And so that is what my objective is.This presentation will be an interactive one in that I will draw on the audience for their experiences and ideas for discussions on some of the topics which I will discuss.  Some of these topics will include: team work, contributions, the importance of graduate students, teaching undergraduate students and how technology has changed the way we pursue education, and other topics if time permits.

Full cycle!!


Richard Burton has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan since 1974 and a Professor since 1985. He received his BE in Engineering Physics from the U of S in 1968, his M.Sc, in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1974. He served as Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs, (1999-2004). He has taught over 26 undergraduate and graduate courses in his career, and has supervised/co-supervised over 75 M.Sc. and PhD students. He has presented and published over 200 papers in national and international peer reviewed conferences and Journals. He has been very active in the International Fluid Power community as a member of the executive of the FPST division of ASME since 1995 (Chair in 1997), Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, and a Board Member and convenor for FPNI. He has served as session chair for numerous international conferences, reviewer for many journals, external examiner (opponent) for many PhD students internationally, and active in award committees of several international organizations. He has been an ME Accreditation Visitor (CEAB) for five Canadian Universities. In 2012, he will retire and spend time with his children and grandchildren.

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