Doctor Michael Ruppert has been announced as one of the 2021 Fresh Scientists. This program is run by Science in Public and aims to upskill Early Career Researchers into science communicators. Michael is an Early Career Researcher in the School of Engineering working in the field of Microelectromechanical Systems, Control Systems and Nanotechnology. Working with expensive, [...]
Matheus from the Precision Mechatronics Lab wins the school heat at the University of Newcastle of the 2021 3 Minute Thesis Competition. With his talk titled "Soft Medical Robots: A Bioinspired Revolution" - Matheus inspired the audience with this rapidly growing field in robotics. Not only are these new types of robots elastically deformable, [...]
The Precision Mechatronics Lab was successful in receiving a 2021 ARC DP and a 2021 ARC LIEF grant.
Dr Michael Ruppert was recently interviewed by the IEEE Control Systems Magazine. The interview was published in Volume 39, Issue 3 in June 2019 under the People in Control column. Click here to read the full interview.
Date & Venue: Friday, 18 October 2019 EF122 Abstract: An atomic force microscope consists of three basic components: a microcantilever with a sharp probe at one end, an XYZ nanopositioner, and an optical beam deflection system to measure the tip deflection of the microcantilever due to interaction forces between the tip and sample. It is [...]
Congratulations to Natã Franco Soares De Bem, who placed Second during the University wide 3 Minute Thesis Competition Finals. With only 3 minutes and 1 slide, Natã convincingly explained his research and its significance in a language tailored to the general public. The force was stong within him, when Natã gave his talk on the [...]
Date & VenueTuesday, 17 July 2019, 1:00pmEF122 Figure: AFM topographic, TERS and surface potential images of WSe2 flakes. AbstractRaman spectroscopy and confocal Raman microscopy have already proved to be essential characterization tools in many areas of advanced research, with a number of these applications extending into industry. As time moves on, new applications that are [...]
Two papers from the Precision Mechatronics Lab group have been nominated for best conference paper awards at the 2019 International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS): Multivariable model-less feedforward control of a monolithic nanopositioning stage with FIR filter inversion, M. Omidbeikea, A.A. Eielsenb, Y.K. Yonga, A.J. Fleminga ,aUniversity of Newcastle, AU; [...]
Date & Venue Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 3:00pm EF122 Abstract The next generation of integrated circuits will be mass produced using extreme ultra violet lithography (EUV). The short wavelength light sources and optical masks required are prohibitively expensive with commercial systems costing upwards of $1M. Furthermore, the optical masks are unique to each IC design. [...]
Date & VenueFriday, 08 March 2019, 02:00pmEF122 Abstract Motion control has been used in automation applications such as numerically controlled machine tools for many years. With the advent of low cost microelectronics, motion control has spread into new products that often require extremely high performance position control. Examples of this are hard drives head positioning, [...]