Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
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Peter J. Seiler
Assistant Professor
Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow

Peter Seiler

Contact information
Office: 224 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-626-5289
E-mail: seile017 (at) umn.edu

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Professor Seiler’s research is in the area of control systems with applications to aerospace systems. Modern flight 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. Professor Seiler is currently applying modern control design and analysis 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. He hopes to develop algorithms to achieve high levels of reliability in other domains, e.g. unmanned aerial vehicles, automotive vehicles, and medical devices, without using redundant components.

Degrees

B.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Experience

2011 - current: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2008 - 2011: Senior Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2004 - 2008: Principal Scientist R&D, Honeywell
2002 - 2004: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2002:  Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
1997 - 2001: Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Five Recent Publications

  • K. Glasheen, J. Annoni and P. Seiler, 2016, Design of a Model Wind Turbine for Wind Farm Control, submitted to the AIAA Science and Technlology Forum and Exposition, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • J. Annoni, J. Nichols and P. Seiler, 2016, Wind Farm Modeling and Control Using Dynamic Mode Decomposition, submitted to the AIAA Science and Technlology Forum and Exposition, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • B. Hu and P. Seiler, 2015, A Probabilistic Method for Certification of Analytically Redundant Systems, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 103-116, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • B. Hu and P. Seiler, 2015, Pivotal Decomposition for Reliability Analysis of Fault Tolerant Control Systems on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, vol. 140, pp. 130-141, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • H. Pfifer and P. Seiler, 2015, Less Conservative Robustness Analysis of Linear Parameter Varying Systems Using Integral Quadratic Constraints, submitted to the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF

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Honors and Fellowships

U of MN Postdoc. Assoc. Outstanding Post Doctoral Mentor, Hon. Mention, 2014
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2013
Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow, 2012
Honeywell Bravo Silver Award for work on 787 Flight Control Electronics, 2004
O. Hugo Schuck Award for best paper, American Control Conference, 2002
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Univ of CA, Berkeley, 2001
Bronze Tablet, Awarded to top 3% of graduating class, U of IL, 1996
B.T. Chao Award, University of Illinois –Urbana/Champaign, 1996
Thiokol Award, Awarded for excellence in engineering design, U of IL, 1996

Scientific and Professional Societies

American Intitute of Aeronautics and Astronautic
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Subjects and Courses Taught

Undergraduate
AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 2301 -- Mechanics of Flight
AEM 3101 -- Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
EE 4231 -- Linear Control Systems: Designed by Input/Output Methods
AEM 4321 -- Automatic Control Systems
Graduate
EE 5235 -- Robust Control System Design
AEM 8421 -- Robust Multivariable Control Design
AEM 8423 -- Convex Optimization Methods in Control
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls
Curriculum Vitae

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