The Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) provides a means for industry to utilize an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the science and technology of automation. Nearly fifty faculty members across nine departments and three schools at Rensselaer participate in the research and educational programs of the Center. With annual funding from the State of New York, the CATS pursues a mission of research excellence and service to industry, with a focus on applying these core technologies to a broad range of applications.
A Systems Level Approach
Automated systems are often engineered by way of conservative over design or by experience-based trial-and-error. With rapid advances in computational power and the miniaturization of sensors and actuators, it is now possible to apply an integrated systems approach to attain higher performance, efficiency, robustness, and reliability. The CATS works with industrial partners to apply such an approach, utilizing model-based methodologies to the design, optimization, control and monitoring for challenging, high-impact problems.