Brad Paden

Brad Paden

Mechanical Engineering
paden [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Institute Role
Member of Building & Design Solutions Group

Role in Affiliated Centers
Member of the Center for Energy Efficiency Design and Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation 

Professor Paden's research is directed at understanding the dynamics and control of electromechanical systems. Applications of interest are biomedical systems, precision machine control, control of flexible robots, MEMS, and magnetic bearings. A substantial fraction of his research deals with theoretical developments in nonlinear tracking control. Nonlinear control of periodic motions by methods known as repetitive controllers and learning controllers is one current topic. Applied research is focused on robust design and control of MEMS oscillators, and the control of artificial hearts, and biomedical systems, is an emerging research activity in Professor Paden's group. 

Professor Paden received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1985 and is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Mechanical Engineering Department with a joint appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests focus on nonlinear control theory and its application to electromechanical systems. He was a visiting fellow at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia in 1988. In 1993, he won the Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and the IEEE Control System Society Technology Award in 2001. In 2002, he was a distinguished foreign visitor and plenary speaker at the Brazilian Control Conference - the largest control conference in South America. An additional conference award is the 2001 James Yorke Red Sock Award given at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems for his work on experimental chaos. He has consulted for industry on the design and control of magnetic bearings, design of medical devices, and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Robotic Systems. He is co-founder and president of LaunchPoint Technologies - a systems firm specializing in venture engineering. He has 17 patents and is a Fellow of IEEE and AIMBE. 

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