Title: NSF Programs in Energy, Power, Robotics, and Cyber-Physical Systems
Abstract: The goal of the presentation is to provide an update on National Science Foundation (NSF) funding opportunities in the area of Energy, Power, Control and Networked Systems research and education. Research projects in power systems with renewable energy integration, power electronics, and open-access testbeds will be presented. The presentation will include NSF programs in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and National Robotics Initiative. The CPS program brings together researchers from computations, communications, and control disciplines to address important engineering problems.
Bio: Dr. Radhakisan Baheti is a Program Director for Energy, Power, Control and Networks Program in the Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Baheti received the B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in India from VRCE Nagpur, and from BITS Pilani, respectively. In 1970, he came to USA and received M.S. in Information and Computer Science from University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. In 1976, Dr. Baheti joined the Control Engineering Laboratory of GE Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY. His work focused on advanced multivariable control for jet engines, computer- aided control system design, vision-based robots for precision welding, and Kalman filtering. Dr. Baheti and his colleagues received IR-100 award for robotic welding vision system. He has organized a series of educational workshops for GE engineers that resulted in innovative product developments and contributed to enhance university collaborations with GE business divisions. In 1989, Dr. Baheti joined NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems. His contributions include the development of NSF initiatives on “Combined Research and Curriculum Development”, “Semiconductor Manufacturing”, and NSF/EPRI Program on “Intelligent Control”. In addition, he started the NSF Program “Research Experience for Teachers (RET)” to involve middle and high school teachers in engineering research that can be transferred to pre-college classrooms. Recently, he is involved in cyber-physical systems, science of learning, robotics, and open/remote access engineering test-beds for integration of research and education. He has served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, member of the Control Systems Board of Governors, chair for Public Information Committee, and awards chair for the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). He received “Distinguished Member Award” from the IEEE Control Systems Society. In 2013, he received “Outstanding Leadership and Service Award” from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AAAS.