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Center for Automation, Robotics and Distributed Intelligence


The mission of the Center for Automation, Robotics and Distributed Intelligence (CARDI) is to engage in interdisciplinary research encompassing the fields of control systems, robotics and automation, and distributed systems and networking. Focus areas include the theory of adaptive and non-linear control, intelligent and learning control systems, system identification and fault detection, computer vision and image processing, wireless communication networks, intelligent autonomous robotic systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence, network communication protocols and simulation and modeling of computer networks. Applications of CARDI research can be found in renewable energy and power systems, materials processing, sensor and control networks, bio-engineering and medicine, data mining and activity recognition, defense and homeland security, smart structures, intelligent geo-systems, and environmental monitoring. CARDI research concentrates on problems which are not amenable to traditional solutions within a single discipline, but rather require a multi-disciplinary systems approach to integrate technologies.

Established in 1994, CARDI includes faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Research is sponsored by industry, federal agencies, state agencies, and joint government-industry initiatives. Interaction with industry enables CARDI to identify technical needs that require research, to cooperatively develop solutions, and to generate innovative mechanisms for the technology transfer. Enthusiastic and motivated students are encouraged to join CARDI for education and research in the area of automation, robotics, and distributed systems.