Collaboration with the University of Stuttgart

2006

We have initiated collaborations with the University of Stuttgart . Our collaboration is focused on developing FEM models of piezoelectric tube actuators suitable for controller design purposes. Contact person: Andrew Fleming.

Collaboration with IBM Zurich Research Labs

2006

We have initiated collaborations with IBM Zurich Research Labs. Our collaborations are mainly in the area of controller design for probe-based data storage systems. In particular, development of controllers for self-servo writing process. Contact person: Reza Moheimani.

Polytec MSA400

2006

A Polytec MSA400 MEMS characterization system will be installed in the lab in February 2007. This equipment is purchased using the ARC LIEF grant “Nanopositioning Facility for Nanoscale Measurement and Manipulation”, and is the first one to be installed in Australia.

ARC Discovery Grant

2006

Reza Moheimani and Rick Middleton win the largest ARC Discovery grant awarded to the University of Newcastle with funding to start from 2007. The Discovery grant, “Robust Control of Electrostatic Microactuators” brings $870,000 of funding to the lab over the next five years. It is aimed at developing advanced and robust controller design methodologies for handling instabilities in electrostatic microactuators used in MEMS.