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Welcome to the homepage of IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems! 

 This is one of the younger IFAC technical committees, but one that has been growing at a rapid pace in response to the increasing requirements to design and construct/manufacture engineering systems, industrial automation, and emerging technology and innovations.  This growth is reflected in the membership of TC4.2, and publications of IFAC conferences and journals. Both reflect the truly multidisciplinary nature of mechatronics, as defined in the "Scope" section. 

 Mechatronics, from a control engineer's perspective, is a synergistic approach to utilize advanced control, sensing, and actuation methodologies in a variety of applications across many fields such as robotics and automation, motion and vibration control, automotive systems, biomedical systems, micro and nanoscale systems, energy systems, and information storage systems.  If you are interested in mechatronics and control engineering, please consider joining the Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems and participating in activities organized by the Committee.  We host mechatronics sessions at IFAC World Congresses and organize IFAC Symposia on Mechatronic Systems. Our flagship journal is the IFAC International Journal of Mechatronics.  I look forward to meeting you at these events.

Tsu-Chin Tsao, Chair

TC 4.2 Mechatronic Systems


 Many processes and products involve the integration of mechanics and electronics (hardware) with information processing (software), called mechatronic systems, and they exist in a broad range of industrial sectors such as aerospace, agriculture, consumer, energy, health care, manufacturing, mining, transportation, etc.  The signature of mechatronic systems is enabling or innovative solutions attributed to the synergistic integration of sensors, actuators, and real-time computing systems, algorithms for real-time estimation, decision, and control are embedded.

 The scope of the TC includes fundamental theory, design methodology, technical innovation, and advances in industrial and emerging applications.  Topics of interest include modeling, identification, control, sensing, actuation, and synergetic interdisciplinary and inter-domain design and system realization methodologies.   These topics are applied not only to a broad range of industrial sectors but also to basic scientific and applied research and development. For example, mechatronic systems contribute to the education and the technological advances in nano/micro/macro manufacturing, aero/space/ground/underwater powertrains and vehicles, energy systems, medical systems, telecommunications, space exploration, cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-Things, etc.