Dr. Hashem Ashrafiuon

 

Research Topics

·        Trajectory Tracking Control of Unmanned Vehciles

·        Autonomous Surface Vessels

·        Nonlinear dynamics of EEG signal

·        Sliding Mode Control

·        Underactuated Systems

·        Nonlinear Control Shape Memory Actuated Robots

·        Analysis and Control Cable Suspended Systems

·        Analysis and Control of robots

·        Human body dynamic modeling, analysis, and control

 


Research Grants

·         ATK, “Detumbling and Attitude Control of Helicopter Active Protection System,” July 2013 – May 2014, $52,094.

 

·         ATK, “Aerodynamics Analysis of ATK Expendable Projectile,” July 2013 – May 2014, $57,414.40.

 

·         Office of Naval Research, “Autonomous System Robust Path Planning, Tracking, and Coordinated Control,” Sept. 2009 – Present, $280,000.

·         Brain-Computer Interface & Ben Franklin Institute, “Acquisition and Analysis of Brain Waves Using MATLAB,” Jan. 2010 – Present, $28,500.

·         Office of Naval Research / NAVSEA, “Robust Control Underactuated Unmanned Surface Vessels,” Nov. 2005 – Dec. 2009, $394,134.

·         Delaware County Keystone Innovation Grants (DCKIG), “An Intelligent Exoskeleton for Spinal and Lower Extremities Rehabilitation,” Mar. 2009 – Dec. 2009, $11,400.

·         Office of Naval Research & Ablaze Development Inc., “A Cable Driven Monitoring and Decontamination System,” June 2007 – Dec. 2008, $20,000.

·         Ben Franklin Institute & Live Event Media, Inc., “Analyses and Simulations for Aerial Camera System,” May 2008 – Dec. 2008, $18,000.

·         Ben Franklin Institute & Easy Walking, Inc., “Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Human Walking,” May 2008 –Aug. 2008, $12,000.

·         Ben Franklin Institute & Genesis, LLC, “Development of Cutter Profile for Convoloid Gears,” July 2007 – October 2007, $6,000.

·         Office of Naval Research, “Robust Control Underactuated Unmanned Surface Vessels,” June 2004 – May 2005, $60,000.

·         Ben Franklin Institute & Ablaze Systems, LLC, “Feasibility Study of an Aerial Robotic Transport System,” June 2005 – July 2005, $12,000.

·         DARPA & CTC’s NASEC, “Systems Engineering for Miniature Devices (SEMD) – Micro-Robotics Project,” June 1999 – May 2002, $510,000.

·         Environmental Tectonics Corporation& Ben Franklin Institute, “Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of ETC Flight Simulation Centrifuge Systems,” Aug. 1997 – Aug. 1999 @ $45,000.

·         August Design, Inc. & Ben Franklin Institute, “Design and Computer Simulation of an Intelligent Spreader Bar System for Ship to Ship Cargo Handling,” Aug. 1995 – May 1998 $45,000.

·         AFOSR Research Extension Grant, “Finite Element Modeling of the Human Neck and Its Validation for the ATB Model,” Jan. – Dec. 1995, $25,000.

·         Villanova Univ. 2003 Summer Research Fellowship Program, “Dynamics & Control of a Mobile Hyper-Redundant Manipulator,” June – Aug. 2003.

·         Villanova Univ. 1996 Faculty Summer Research Program, “Design of a Front Seat for Reduction of Lower Extremity Injuries in Automobile Crashes using the Articulated Total Body Model,” June – Aug. 1996. 

·         Villanova University 1991 Faculty Summer Research Program, “Optimal Design of Mounting System for Aircraft Engine,” June – Aug. 1991.

 

Patents

·        H. Ashrafiuon and M. Nikkhah, “Exoskeletal Device for Rehabilitation,” Patent No. 7,190,141 B1, March 13, 2007.

 

 

Fellowships

·        National Academies/NRC Faculty Research Fellowship, “Appendage maneuvers for attitude control of underactuated satellites,” AFRL/Space Vehicle Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM, May – August 2004.

·        National Academies/NRC Faculty Research Fellowship, “Robust nonlinear control algorithm for underactuated satellites,” AFRL/Space Vehicle Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM, May – August 2003.

·        US Army Faculty Summer Research and Sabbatical Fellowship, “Human Neck Modeling and Simulation of Head Supported Devices during Impact and Helicopter Crashes,” U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort Rucker, AL., July 1995 – Dec.1995.

·        AFOSR Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, “Finite Element Modeling of the Hybrid III Dummy Neck and Its Validation for the ATB Model,” Biodynamics Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, May – Aug. 1994.

·        AFOSR Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, “A New Mathematical Model of the Human Body,” Biodynamics Division, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, May – August 1993.

·        Visiting Scientist, “A new algorithm for design optimization of vibration mounting systems,” Lord Corporation, Erie, PA, May – Aug. 1989.

 


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