Peter J. Seiler

Peter Seiler

Peter J. Seiler

Associate Professor and Russell J. Penrose Fellow,
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Contact

Akerman Hall
Rm 224
110 Union Street SE

Minneapolis,

MN

55455

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996

B.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996

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Professional Background

Russell J. Penrose Felow, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2019-Present

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2016-Present

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2011-2016

Senior Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2008-2011

Software Consultant, MUSYN, Inc., 2001-Present

Principal Scientist R&D, Honeywell, 2004-2008

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002-2004

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1997-2001

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Research Interests

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Professor Seiler’s research is in the area of control systems with applications to aerospace systems and wind energy. Modern control systems are typically designed using a model of the aircraft dynamics. One aspect of Professor Seiler’s research is to develop tools to analyze the effect of model uncertainty and nonlinearities on system performance. He also develops the theory required to design control algorithms that are robust to model uncertainty and nonlinearities. Professor Seiler is currently applying his tools to make wind energy more cost-effective. Advanced control algorithms can increase the power capture and reduced structural loads on large, industrial scale wind turbines. Another aspect of Professor Seiler’s research is to develop algorithms to increase the reliability of safety critical systems. Professor Seiler previously worked on the flight control electronics for the Boeing 787 aircraft. Commercial aircraft achieve remarkable levels of safety and reliability mainly through the use of redundant components, e.g. multiple redundant computers. He hopes to develop algorithms to achieve high levels of reliability in other domains, e.g. unmanned aerial vehicles and automotive vehicles, without using redundant components.

Teaching Subjects
AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 3101 -- Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
AEM 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
AEM 8421 -- Robust Multivariable Control Design
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 2011 -- Statics
EE 5235 -- Robust Control System Design
AEM 8421 -- Robust Multivariable Control Design
Honors and Awards

2016: Energy Systems Best Paper Award, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference

2014: U of MN Postdoc. Assoc. Outstanding Post Doctoral Mentor, Hon. Mention

2013: NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award

2012: Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow

2004: Honeywell Bravo Silver Award for work on 787 Flight Control Electronics

2002: O. Hugo Schuck Award for best paper, American Control Conference

2001: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of CA, Berkeley

1996: Bronze Tablet, Awarded to top 3% of graduating class, University of Illinois

1996: B.T. Chao Award, University of Illinois –Urbana/Champaign

1996: Thiokol Award, Awarded for excellence in engineering design, University of Illinois

Selected Publications

R. Venkataraman and P. Seiler, "Fault-Tolerant Flight Control Using One Aerodynamic Control Surface," accepted to the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

P. Seiler, R. Moore, C. Meissen, M. Arcak, and A.K. Packard, “Finite Horizon Robustness Analysis of LTV Systems Using Integral Quadratic Constraints", Automatica, vol. 100, p. 135-143, 2019

D. Ossmann, J. Theis, and P. Seiler, “Robust Control Design for Load Reduction on A Liberty Wind Turbine,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2016. (Energy Systems Best Paper Award)

P. Seiler, “Stability Analysis with Dissipation Inequalities and Integral Quadratic Constraints,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 60, no. 6, p.1704-1709, 2015.

P Seiler, R Sengupta, "An H-infty approach to networked control IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control," 50 (3), 356-364, 2005.

P. Seiler and R. Sengupta, “A Bounded Real Lemma for Jump Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 48, no.9, p.1651-1654, 2003

P. Seiler, A. Pant, and J.K. Hedrick, “Disturbance Propagation in Large Interconnected Systems,” American Control Conference, p.1062-1067, 2002. (O. Hugo Schuck Award for best paper) 

 

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