Booz Allen Colloquium: Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Tech, "Control and Computing in Cyber-Physical Systems"
Monday, March 7, 2011
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
Booz Allen Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium in Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Control and Computing in Cyber-Physical Systems"
Prof. Marilyn Wolf
Rhesa "Ray" S. Farmer, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Embedded Computing Systems; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Georgia Tech
Cyber-physical systems is a new area whose goal is a fundamental understanding of the relationship between control and computation. We know surprisingly little about control/computing co-design despite 60 years of designing control systems using computing. We will start with our thoughts on the state of the field. We will then discuss two aspects of cyber-physical system design pursued jointly with Fumin Zhang and others. First, we will discuss the relationship between the stability space of a simple control system---namely a set of stick balancers---and the scheduling space of the processes that control the control system. Second, we will show how to design a battery-powered control system in a way that minimizes the effect of the battery's time-dependent behavior.
Marilyn Wolf is Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1980, 1981, and 1984, respectively. She was with AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1984 to 1989. She was on the faculty of Princeton University from 1989 to 2007. Her research interests included embedded computing, embedded video and computer vision, and VLSI systems. She has received the ASEE Terman Award and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM and an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member.