Welcome to the MACS team!

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field in which the following disciplines act together: electronic systems (microelectronics, power electronics, sensor and actuator technology), information technology (systems theory, automation, software engineering, artificial intelligence) and mechanical systems (mechanical elements, machines, precision mechanics), mechanical part normally dominating. Nowadays, mechatronic systems can be found everywhere: in medical applications (medical robotics, dental machines), in vehicular applications (automatic gear, engines with electronics, automatic and driver-less vehicles), in production industry (industrial robotics, production lines), in aerospace (mobile robotics, robotic arms, actuated wings tillers), in precision systems (atomic force microscopes, hard disk driver, electronic-mechanical watches, microrobotics), in petroleum engineering (extraction machines, actuated networks of pipelines)...

The contribution of control theory as well as the contribution of design methodologies in the development of mechatronic systems are undeniable: gain of time during the design, designed systems that (almost) satisfy various criterias, guaranteed performances in open-loop and closed-loop manner...

The MACS research team deals with the study and development of methodologies of control techniques (including feedforward, feedback, observers, linear, nonlinear, Port-Hamiltonian approach...) and of design devoted to mechatronic systems, see Figure below. The systems which are particularly treated are those working at small sizes and called micromechatronic systems.

Scientifically, the research axes of the MACS team can be summarized as follows:

- the design and development of smart materials based mechatronic systems, with particular focus on micromechatronic ones,

- observer and measurement techniques for micromechatronic systems,

- the control of systems working at the micro-nano scale,

- and modeling and control of port-Hamiltonian systems.