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Manufacturing is a highly integrative discipline and manufacturing-related problems are among the most complex, interdisciplinary problems faced by modern society. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has encouraged university researchers to build linkages with industry for manufacturing research and education, in individual research projects, Engineering Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, and Engineering Education Coalititions. As a result, industry participation in manufacturing related university proposals and university faculty participation in small business research projects has steadily increased. At the individual investigator level, the GOALI (Grants Opportunity for Academic Liaison with Industry) Program provides for Engineering Faculty Internship and Industry-University Cooperative Research Projects. The presentation will discuss NSF programs to increase cooperation and cross fertilization of ideas between control systems engineering and advanced manufacturing technology.
Dr. Kishan Baheti is a Program Director for Engineering Systems Program in the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems at NSF. Dr. Baheti received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1975. From 1975 to 1989, he was a research scientist with General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York. His research interests include sensor based multivariable control systems for advanced manufacturing applications. He has received the IR-100 award for his contributions to the design of vision based robotic welding system. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Member Award for his contributions and service to IEEE Control Systems Society.