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News Archive 2001 - 2010

$738,000 in Grants to Automation & Robotics Research Institute

August 1, 2002

Professor Frank L. Lewis, associate director for research at ARRI, professor of Electrical Engineering and Moncrief-O'Donnell Endowed Chair, is the principal investigator on all of the research projects. They are:

  • "Nonlinear Network Structures for Dynamic System Control," NSF, $200,000 for 3 years;
  • "Optical MEMS-Based Sensors for Medical and Biological Applications," a Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry project. Lewis' co-investigators on this project are Professor Khosrow Behbehani, chair of Biomedical Engineering at UTA, Professor Ed Kolesar of the Engineering Department of Texas Christian University, and D. B. Wallace, vice president of Microfab, an optics and micro-jetting research company in Dallas. NSF, $258,000 for 3 years;
  • Bi-National Effort on Distributed Manufacturing Supervisory Control Systems," NSF/CONACyT (the NSF-equivalent in Mexico), $80,000 for 3 years;
  • "Nearly Optimal Solution of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation using Neural Networks: Applications to Control of DoD Systems and MEMS Assembly," U.S. Army Research Office, $200,000 for 3 years.

UTA has one of the strongest MEMS/nanotech programs in North Texas because of modern facilities such as ARRI and the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility and the existing and recently hired faculty who specialize in MEMS research.