Gordon G. Parker
- MEEM 803
John & Cathi Drake Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
Agile & Interconnected Microgrids Center Co-Director
- PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Parker specializes in control system design and correlation of nonlinear dynamic models to experimental data. A key area of his research is the optimal control of microgrids with particular attention given to networked topologies. Closed loop control and real-time optimization for harmonizing use of available energy generation and storage assets, while satisfying loads, is the main theme. Applications requiring temporary or remote power motivate much of his funded research along with disaster relief scenarios. Development of a scalable, optimal control solution is critical for allowing the interconnection, in both power and communication, of separately deployed microgrids. The main challenge stems from a microgrid’s ever-changing energy asset and load portfolio and their effect on the system models used for optimal planning and control system design. Rational segregation of distributed versus centralized optimization and control is another research area. In the past year Dr. Parker and his colleagues formed the Agile and Interconnected Micrgorid (AIM) Center to bring together faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences and Learning, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to focus an interdisciplinary team on this technical area. More generally, nonlinear control, system simulation, nonlinear system parameter identification and optimization, are present in most of Dr. Parker’s ongoing projects. Examples include active control of diesel engine aftertreatment systems and at-sea control of naval equipment.
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- Nonlinear Controls
- Control system design
- Methods for correlating nonlinear dynamic models to experimental data
- Nonlinear control
- System simulation
- Nonlinear system parameter identification and optimization
- Kramer, Denise, and Parker, Gordon G., 2011, "Current State of Military Hybrid Vehicle Development," International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 369-387.
- Parker, Gordon, Shi, Z., Granstrom, J., 2010, "Kinematic Analysis of a Swash-Plate Controlled Variable Displacement Axial-Piston Pump With a Conical Barrel Assembly," Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements, and Control, Vol. 132, No. 1, 011002, 8 pages.
- Parker, Gordon, Johnson, John H., Devarakonda, M., Strots, V., 2009, "Model-Based Control System Design in a Urea-SCR Aftertreatment System Based on NH3 Sensor Feedback,” International Journal of Automotive Technology, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 653-662.
- Parker, Gordon, Yang, Song-Lin (Jason), Johnson, John H., Singh, N., 2009, "Vehicle Engine Aftertreatment System Simulation (VEASS) Model: Application to a Controls Design Strategy for Active Regeneration of a Catalyzed Particulate Filter," SAE 2005 Transactions Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, SAE Paper No. 2005-01-0970.
- Parker, Gordon, Johnson, John H., Devarakonda, M., Strots, V., and Santhanam, S., 2009, "Model-Based Estimation and Control System Development in a Urea-SCR Aftertreatment System," SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 646-661.
- Parker, Gordon, Bleck, J.C., Epp, D.S., Sumali, H., 2009, "A Simple Learning Control to Eliminate RF-MEMS Switch Bounce," Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 458-465.
- Parker, Gordon, Schaub, H., Natarajan A., 2007, "Reconfiguration of a Nadir-Pointing 2-Craft Coulomb Tether," JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 60, No. 6, pp. 209-218.
- King, Lyon (Brad), Parker, Gordon, Schaub, H., Natarajan, A., 2007, "Coulomb Force Virtual Space Structures," ESA SP-633, Noordwijk: ESA Publications Division, pp. 39-44.