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Event Scheduled for Jan 29, 2013

Event: ECE Special Systems Seminar Presentation -Transient Analysis of Production Lines: A System-Theoretic Approach- Dr. Liang Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Location: ITEB 336

Time: 10:00 am

Details of Event:
Abstract: Steady state behavior of production lines with unreliable machines and finite buffers have been studied extensively for over 60 years. Among these studies, performance analysis and optimization are mostly investigated. In contrast, transient analysis of production systems has received significantly less attention. Transient behavior of production systems, however, has significant practical and theoretical implications. Indeed, many production systems operate partially or entirely in the transient regime. In addition, in modern manufacturing, as more and more real-time data are collected on the factory floor, rigorous methods for analyzing production system transients must be available in order to effectively utilize these data for timely decision-making. Moreover, transient analysis is considered as one of the most important directions in production systems research. In this presentation, we focus on serial production lines with Bernoulli machines and discuss their analytical performance evaluation and system-theoretic properties. A case study in an automotive paint shop is provided to demonstrate the applicability of the methods developed to guide energy-efficient operations in practice.

Dr. Liang Zhang received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include modeling, analysis, continuous improvement and control of manufacturing, supply chain, and service systems, and mathematical modeling, analysis and control of battery systems. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, General Motors, Johnson Controls, and MillerCoors LLC.

Target Audience: Open to All

Sponsored By: Electrical and Computer Engineering

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