Tsu-Chin Tsao, Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
University of California Los Angeles


Degrees Field  Institution

Date Awarded

Ph.D. Mech. Eng. University of California, Berkeley Aug. 1988
M.S. Mech. Eng. University of California, Berkeley Dec. 1984
B.S. Mech. Eng. National Taiwan University Jun.1981

Research Areas:

Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems with Applications in Mechanical Systems, Manufacturing Processes, Automotive Systems, and Energy Systems; Digital Control, Repetitive and Learning Control, Adaptive and Optimal Control; Mechatronics.

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor (8/88-8/94), Associate Professor (8/94-7/99), Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor (7/99-  ), Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.

Postgraduate Award and Recognition:

National Science Foundation, Research Initiation Award, June 1990.

Advisors List for Advising Excellence, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1990.

1994 ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control Best Paper Award, 1995. (awarded for best paper selected among papers published in the Journal in 1994)

Senior Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1996

("in recognition of excellence in engineering research during the past five academic years")

ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Outstanding Young Investigator Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1997. ("in recognition of his significant contributions, both in theory and application to digital adaptive feedforward control and repetitive control algorithms")



Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 1994-1997.


Professional Societies and Activities:

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Member, ASME Dynamic System and Control Division

Members of Adaptive and Optimal Control Technical Panel (Chairman, 90-93), Manufacturing Systems Technical Panel, and Fluid Power Control Technical Panel.

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Senior Member, North American Manufacturing Research Institute of Society of Manufacturing Engineer.

Co-organizer, Symposium on Monitoring and Control for Manufacturing Processes, 1990 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, 1990.

Member, Program Committee, Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation, Kyoto, Japan, July 1990.

Member, Program Committee, Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation, San Francisco, CA, July 1992.

Co-organizer, Symposium on Mechatronics for Manufacturing, 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 1993.

Co-organizer, Invited Session in American Control Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 1993.

Co-organizer, Symposium on Mechatronics 1994 ASME Internation Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Chicago, IL, Nov. 1994.

Member, Program Committee, International Conference on Recent Advances in Mechatronics - ICRAM'95," Istanbul, Turkey, Aug. 1995.

Member, Program Committee, 4th International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control, Tsu, Mie, Japan, March, 1996.

Member, Program Committee, Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation, Boston, MA, July 1996.

Member, Program Committee, International Conference on Advnaced Intelligent Mechatronics '97, Tokyo, Japan, June, 1997.

Member, Program Committee, Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation, Kotsu, Japan, July 1998.

Member, Program Committee, 1998 International Conference on Mechatronic Technology, (ICMT'98), Hsinchu, Taiwan, Nov. 1998.

Technical Consulting:

Motorola Inc. , 1996-97.

Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd., 1997.

ALCOA Inc., 1998-2000

Supervision of Completed Graduate Theses:

Ph.D. Theses:

  1. Alter, D. M., 1994, Control of Linear Motors for Machine Tool Feed Drives.

  2. Hanson, R. D., 1996, Dynamic Variable Depth of Cut Machining for Dynamic Error Compensation.

  3. McLaughlin, J. K., 1997 (Co-Advisor: L. L. Christianson), Supervisory Control of a Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System.

  4. Kim, D. H., 1997, Precision Motion Control of Electrohydraulic Actuators.

  5. McNab, R. J., 1997, Digital Tracking Control for Machine Tool Feed Drives.  

  6. Li, J, W., 1999, Robust Performance Repetitive Control And Its Applications.  

  7. Babinski, A., 2000, Control of Voice Actuator with Application to Cam Turning.  

  8. Sun, Z. X., 2000, Tracking Control And Disturbance Rejection with Applications to Non-Circular Turning for Camshaft Machining.  

  9. Kim, B. S., 2001, Enhanced Robust Performance Repetitive Control And Application to Dual-Stage Actuating Systems.

M.S. Theses:

  1. Burke, J. A., 1991, Active Control of Face Milling to Reduce the Effects of Periodic Disturbances (Co-Advisor: P. Ferreira).

  2. Levand, G. A., 1991, Digital Tracking Control, Theory of Optimization with Experiments.

  3. Pong, K. C., 1991, Variable Speed Control of Direct-Drive Spindles And Its Applications in Face Milling.

  4. Ruiz-Suarez, P. J., 1992, Modeling and Control of Magnetic Bearing Systems - A Feedback Linearization Approach.

  5. S. T. Pang (Co-Advisor: L. A. Bergman), 1992, Structural Dynamics, Control and Control-Structure Interaction in Distributed Parameter Systems.

  6. Ariano, D. J., 1992, Introduction to Fuzzy Logic Control and Its Application to a Heat Exchanger.

  7. Rasmussen, J. D., 1993, A Piezoelectric Tool System for Variable Depth of Cut Machining.

  8. Nemani, M.,1993, Multi-Rate Analysis and Design of Visual Feedback Servo Control System.

  9. Snider, E.A., 1993, A Programmable Logic Controller Based Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Control System.

  10. Kim, D. H., 1993, An Improved Linearized Model of Electrohydraulic Servo Actuators and Its Usage for Robust Performance Control System Design

  11. Ditman, J. B., 1993, The Design of Extended Bandwidth Shape Memory Alloy Actuators (Co-Advisor: L. A. Bergman).

  12. Ling, Min, 1994, Control of Variable Air Volume HVAC Systems.

  13. Prell, A. 1996, Application of Repetitive Control to Active Vibration Control. (Co-Advisor: L. A. Bergman).

  14. Jacobsen, M. 1997, Design of a High-Speed Solder Deposition Method for Semiconductor Manufacturing And a Kalman Filter Based Linear Velocity Observer.

  15. Flores, M. A., 1997, Supervisory Control of Machining Using Open Architecture CNC.

  16. Anderson, M. D., 1997, Adaptive Control of a Camless Electrohydraulic Valvetrain System.

  17. Sun, Z. X., 1997, Adaptive Control with Asymptotic Tracking Performance And Its Application to Non-Circular Machining.

  18. Tai, C. 1999, Adaptive Feedforward with Feedback Control of an Electrohydraulic Camless Valvetrain.

  19. A. J. Hanson, 1999, (Co-Adviser: J. Peters), Experimental investigation of Camless Engine.

  20. White, D. M. 1999, Intelligent Control for Agile Deep-Hole Drilling.

  21. Lee, S. H.. 2000, Nonlinear Backstepping Control for an Electrohydraulic Material Testing Machine.

  22. Stubbs, A. 2000, Modeling and Controller Design of an Electromagnetic Engine Valve.

Supervision of Graduate Theses in Progress:

Ph. D Students: Chun Tai

M. S. Students: J. Q. Wang, K. Kalyanam

Visiting Researchers and Post Doctoral Appointments

W. Zhang Visiting Scholar 09/1995-12/1996
R. D. Hanson Post Doctoral Research Associate
100% Academic Appointment
C. T. Choi Visiting Post Doctoral Research Associate 07/1997-05/1998
K. Matsubara Visiting Post Doctoral Research Associate 09/1997-09/1998
A. Pesterev Visiting Researcher 01/2000-06/2000
B. S. Kim Post Doctoral Research Associate
100% Academic Appointment

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