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Laboratory for Embedded Control and Optimization

The Laboratory for Embedded Control and Optimization provides a venue for cutting-edge research in efficient control algorithms development and fast prototyping of control using embedded platforms such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Field Programmable Analog Arrays (FPAAs). Current research endeavors have applications in:

  1. Advanced Process Control such as Model Predictive Control,
  2. Power Systems Optimization and Control,
  3. Autonomous vehicles such as Quadcopter control, and
  4. Neuromorphic Analog Chip Design.

Research at LECO is enabled by the following hardware and software equipment:

  • Four Computer Stations (Dell OptiPlex 3020 Minitower with intel Core i5-4590 processor and running Windows 8.1 64-bit)
  • Quanser’s Quadruple tank Experiment
  • Quanser’s Two degrees of Freedom Helicopter Experiment
  • National Instrument’s Embedded FPGA “MyRIO” boards (2)
  • National Instrument’s Data Acquisition “MyDaq” boards (3)
  • Automation Directs Direct’s Logic Programmable Logic Controllers plus associated DoMore Designer Software (2).
  • Anadigms Dynamically Programmable Analog Signal Processors (dpASP-AN231E04) plus associated Anadigm2designer software (10 boards).
  • MATLAB and LabVIEW for control design, analysis and synthesis.
  • Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) Toolkit for LabVIEW



Dr. Ambrose Adegbege