Scott A. Bortoff

Scott A. Bortoff
  • Biography

    Scott's research interests are in applications of nonlinear and optimal control theory to motion control, path planning and process control problems. Before joining MERL in 2009, Scott led the Controls Group at the United Technology Research Center and previously was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

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  • Internships with Scott

    • BI1050: Nonlinear Robot Control

      MERL seeks an intern to conduct research and development of nonlinear control algorithms for mechatronic systems described by differential algebraic equations (DAEs). The research would address problems in the design of nonlinear feedback for robotic systems engaged in assembly applications. The applicant should be enrolled in a graduate program of research at a leading research university, with a strong education in linear and nonlinear control system design and robot dynamics and control, and should have research interests in nonlinear control system design and implementation. Experience with Modelica modeling langauge is an advantage. Starting and ending dates are negotiable.

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    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling of Vapor Compression System"
      Inventors: Burns, Dan J; Jain, Neera; Laughman, Christopher; Di Cairano, Stefano; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,625,196
      Issue Date: Apr 18, 2017
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Vapor Compression Systems"
      Inventors: Burns, Dan J; Laughman, Christopher; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,534,820
      Issue Date: Jan 3, 2017
    • Title: "Motion-Control System for Performing Different Tasks"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Jiang, Yu; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,529,341
      Issue Date: Dec 27, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Temperature and Humidity in Multiple Spaces using Liquid Desiccant"
      Inventors: Laughman, Christopher; Burns, Dan J; Bortoff, Scott A.; Waters, Richard C.
      Patent No.: 9,518,765
      Issue Date: Dec 13, 2016
    • Title: "Optimization of System Control Based on Solving Multi-Point Boundary Value Problems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,378,469
      Issue Date: Jun 28, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Redundant Actuators of a Machine"
      Inventors: Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,261,872
      Issue Date: Feb 16, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators Arranged to Minimize Vibration in Elevator Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,242,837
      Issue Date: Jan 26, 2016
    • Title: "Elevator Rope Sway Estimation"
      Inventors: Benosman, Mouhacine; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,096,411
      Issue Date: Aug 4, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Determining Trajectory of Multi-Motor Control System Avoiding Obstacle"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Yu, Han; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,076,337
      Issue Date: Jul 7, 2015
    • Title: "Elevator Rope Sway Estimation"
      Inventors: Benosman, Mouhacine; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 9,045,313
      Issue Date: Jun 2, 2015
    • Title: "Cabling Configuration for Railless Elevators"
      Inventors: Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Bortoff, Scott A.; Katz, Joseph
      Patent No.: 8,978,831
      Issue Date: Mar 17, 2015
    • Title: "Laser Cutting Machine"
      Inventors: Yerazunis, William S.; Barnwell, III, John C.; Bortoff, Scott A.; Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Goldsmith, Abraham M.
      Patent No.: 8,921,734
      Issue Date: Dec 30, 2014
    • Title: "Controller for Reducing Vibrations in Mechanical Systems"
      Inventors: Benosman, Mouhacine; Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,855,826
      Issue Date: Oct 7, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators Arranged to Minimize Vibration in Elevator Systems"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,849,465
      Issue Date: Sep 30, 2014
    • Title: "An Energy Efficient Motion Control System"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Koichiro, Ueda; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,816,627
      Issue Date: Aug 26, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Semi-Active Actuators"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,768,522
      Issue Date: Jul 1, 2014
    • Title: "Method for Generating Trajectories for Motor Controlled Actuators"
      Inventors: Wang, Yebin; Bortoff, Scott A.; Zhao, Yiming
      Patent No.: 8,700,190
      Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
    • Title: "System and Method for Controlling Operations of Vapor Compression"
      Inventors: Bortoff, Scott A.; Burns, Dan J; Laughman, Christopher
      Patent No.: 8,694,131
      Issue Date: Apr 8, 2014
    • Title: "Base Vibration Attenuation and Load Tracking in Mechanical System"
      Inventors: Shilpiekandula, Vijay; Bortoff, Scott A.
      Patent No.: 8,513,906
      Issue Date: Aug 20, 2013
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