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Peter J. Seiler
Associate Professor
Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow

Peter Seiler

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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 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.

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

2016 - current:: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2011 - 2016: 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

  • Carrasco J., & Seiler, P., 2018, Conditions for the equivalence between IQC and graph separation stability results, International Journal of Control, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Leung, T. J., Rife, J. H., Seiler, P. & Venkataraman, R., 2017, Comparison of fault-tree models for fault detection, isolation, and recovery algorithms, Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 14, Issue 9, p. 517-522, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Venkataraman, R. & Seiler, P., 2017, Convex LPV synthesis of estimators and feedforwards using duality and integral quadratic constraints, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Szab, Z., Seiler, P. & Bokor, J., 2017, Internal stability and loop-transformations: an overview on LFTs, Mbius transforms and chain scattering, IFAC-PapersOnLine, Vol. 50, Issue 1, p. 7547-7553, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Fry, J. M., Farhood, M. & Seiler, P. , 2017, IQC-based robustness analysis of discrete-time linear time-varying systems, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 10.1002/rnc.3731, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

Energy Systems Best Paper Award, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2016
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 4303W -- Flight Dynamics and Control
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

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