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Seminar: Managing Complexity and Interoperability in Cyberphysical Systems

Steven Shooter, PhD, P.E.
Fellow of Science and Technology Policy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy


Cyberphysical systems are complicated. They involve some form of perceiving the world (sensors), perceiving itself (sensors), modes of acting upon the world and itself (actuators), and a brain to interpret and act (cyber). There is also the challenge of interacting with other
systems and humans in systems-of-systems. In my career I have worked on industrial automation, industrial robotic workcells, service robots for nuclear power applications and planetary exploration, testing robots for humanoid walking, snowboarding and bicycling, in addition to robots for therapy, entertainment and art. The common challenge for functional and operational cyberphysical systems that are robust, reliable and resilient is the management of complexity by considering the interoperability of flows of material, energy, and information in addition to the human-in-the-loop. In this talk I will highlight some of these projects to establish context. I will then identify trends and opportunities for future research and development that leverages the unique capabilities of the UT-ORNL ecosystem.


Shooter is a Fellow of Science and Technology Policy in the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) of the US Department of Energy. At AMO he supports the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab, and initiatives in Education and Workforce Development, among others. He was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University from 1995 through 2018 where he taught capstone senior design, interdisciplinary senior design, mechatronics, manufacturing process, mechanical design, among others. His research interests involve information management for enhanced interoperability in the design of cyber-physical systems and products. Integral to this research is the exploration of the 4x4 interaction of materials, energy, information and humans. He is a registered professional engineer and has worked with dozens of companies on development of new products and production infrastructure that often involves robotics. He has published over 100 papers.

Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Dougherty Engineering Building, 409
1512 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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