News & Events

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  •  NEWS   MERL collaborates with MIT on heat management in compact fusion reactors
    Date: October 11, 2018
    MERL Contacts: Piyush Grover; Christopher Laughman
    Research Area: Multi-Physical Modeling
    Brief
    • A new approach to heat management in compact fusion reactors that emerged from a class at MIT, developed by graduate student Adam Kuang and 14 other MIT students, engineers from Commonwealth Fusion Systems as well as Piyush Grover and Chris Laughman from MERL, and Professor Dennis Whyte, was recently published in Fusion Engineering and Design. This solution was made possible by an innovative approach to compact fusion reactors, using high-temperature superconducting magnets. This method formed the basis for a massive new research program launched this year at MIT and the creation of an independent startup company to develop the concept. The new design, unlike that of typical fusion plants, would make it possible to open the device's internal chamber and replace critical components; this capability is essential for the newly proposed heat-draining mechanism.

      In the one-semester graduate class 22.63 (Principles of Fusion Engineering), students were divided into teams to address different aspects of the heat rejection challenge. These teams evaluated alternate concepts and subjected candidate designs to detailed calculations and simulations based, in part, on data from decades of research on research fusion devices such as MIT's Alcator C-Mod, which was retired two years ago. C-Mod scientist Brian LaBombard also shared insights on new kinds of divertors, and two engineers from MERL worked with the team as well. Several of the students continued working on the project after the class ended, ultimately leading to the solution described in this new paper.
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  •  EVENT   MERL participates in SIAM Career fair
    Date & Time: Monday, July 11, 2016; 10 AM - 9:15 PM
    MERL Contacts: Matthew Brand; Piyush Grover; Joseph Katz; Arvind Raghunathan
    Location: Westin Boston Waterfront Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts
    Brief
    • MERL researchers participate in SIAM Job fair to showcase MERL's research and highlight employment and intern opportunities at MERL. The Career Fair emphasizes careers in business, industry, and government, and takes place during the SIAM Annual Meeting.

      The SIAM Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Career Fair is an informational and interactive event at which employers and prospective employees can discuss careers. It is a great opportunity for prospective employees to meet government and industry representatives and discuss what they are looking for and what each employer has to offer.
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  •  NEWS   MERL makes a strong showing at the American Control Conference
    Date: July 6, 2016 - July 8, 2016
    Where: American Control Conference (ACC)
    MERL Contacts: Mouhacine Benosman; Scott Bortoff; Petros Boufounos; Daniel Burns; Claus Danielson; Stefano Di Cairano; Abraham Goldsmith; Piyush Grover; Uroš Kalabić; Christopher Laughman; Daniel Nikovski; Arvind Raghunathan; Yebin Wang; Avishai Weiss
    Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics, Data Analytics
    Brief
    • The premier American Control Conference (ACC) takes place in Boston July 6-8. This year MERL researchers will present a record 20 papers(!) at ACC, with several contributions, especially in autonomous vehicle path planning and in Model Predictive Control (MPC) theory and applications, including manufacturing machines, electric motors, satellite station keeping, and HVAC. Other important themes developed in MERL's presentations concern adaptation, learning, and optimization in control systems.
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  •  NEWS   AIP Chaos: publication by Piyush Grover and others
    Date: December 1, 2012
    Where: AIP Chaos
    MERL Contact: Piyush Grover
    Research Area: Dynamical Systems
    Brief
    • The article "Topological Chaos, Braiding and Bifurcation of Almost-cyclic Sets" by Grover, P., Ross, S., Stremler, M. and Kumar, P. was published in AIP Chaos
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  •  NEWS   AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012: publication by Piyush Grover and others
    Date: August 13, 2012
    Where: AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
    MERL Contact: Piyush Grover
    Research Area: Dynamical Systems
    Brief
    • The paper "Efficient Estimation and Uncertainty Quantification in Space Mission Dynamics" by Grover, P. and Sato, Y. was presented at the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
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  •  NEWS   AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2012: publication by Piyush Grover and others
    Date: January 29, 2012
    Where: AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
    MERL Contact: Piyush Grover
    Research Area: Dynamical Systems
    Brief
    • The paper "Optimized Three-Body Gravity Assists and Manifold Transfers in End-to-End Lunar Mission Design" by Grover, P. and Andersson, C. was presented at the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
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