Marc Bodson
Professor

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
50 S CENTRAL CAMPUS DR RM 3280
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84112-9206

Office: Merrill Engineering Building, Rm 3268
Tel.: (801) 581-8590, Fax: (801) 581 5281
E-mail: bodson@ece.utah.edu

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Education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1986, University of California, Berkeley.
M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ingénieur Civil Mécanicien et Electricien, 1980, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Professional Data

Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2013.
Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Utah, July 2003 to October 2009.  Associate Chair: 1999 to 2003.
Engineering Educator of the Year award, received from the Utah Engineers Council, 2007.
Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for “contributions to the theory of adaptive control to electromechanical and flight control systems”, 2006. 
Plenary speaker at 2006 IEEE SMC Workshop on Adaptive and Learning Systems, Logan, Utah, July 2006.
Plenary speaker at the Conférence Internationale Francophone d'Automatique, Douz, Tunisia, November 22, 2004.
Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2000 to 2003. Associate Editor: 1996 to 1999.
Professor in the ECE Department at the University of Utah, 1999 to present. Associate Professor: 1994 to 1999 (tenured in 1997).
Assistant and Associate Professor in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University, 1987 to 1993.
Fellow, Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, Israel, 1990. Spent 12 months at the Technion, in Haifa, Israel.
Fellow, Belgian American Educational Foundation, Belgium, 1980.

List of publications


Research Interests

Modeling, identification and control, with an emphasis on adaptive control. Applications to aerospace and electromechanical systems. Current projects include:

  • Control of electric motors and generators:
    The general objective is to maximize the performance of electric motor and generator drives using nonlinear and adaptive control techniques. A current project is focussed on induction generators, which are often found in renewable energy applications such as wind and hydroelectric sources. New results have been obtained regarding the operation of self-excited induction generators that operate off-grid. We are also studying nonlinear control methods for doubly-fed induction generators, which are typically used in wind farms, and squirrel-cage induction generators. On the left is a picture of a wind farm at the mouth of Spanish Fork, South of Salt Lake City.
  • Adaptive algorithms for active noise and vibration control:
    The objective is to develop methods for the cancellation of noise using speakers. The emphasis is on multi-channel systems and periodic noise sources of unknown frequency. The picture on the left shows an application to a propeller aircraft, where microphones are shown in green and speakers in red. Current research is aimed at developing algorithms that can adapt to changes in the properties of propagation of sound from the speakers to the microphones.


  • Flight control systems:
    Earlier research has developed reconfigurable flight control laws that automatically adjust their strategy after failures or damages (see, for example, the results of our flight tests). Recent research produces algorithms that optimize the use of multiple, redundant control surfaces (the so-called control allocation problem). In the example of the C-17 aircraft shown on the left, there are 16 control surfaces that can, potentially, be controlled independently.


  • Teaching Activities

    Control of Electric Motors: ECE 5670/6670, Fall 13. Click here to view the course syllabus for Fall 13

    Introduction to Feedback Systems: El En 3510, Spring 03. Click here to view the course syllabus

    Adaptive Control: ECE 6570, Spring 14. Click here to view the course syllabus

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    Last updated: January 14, 2014.