MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO
College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Technology

Vincent Winstead, PhD, PE
Associate Professor
254 Trafton Science Center North 
Mankato, MN  56001
Tel:  1.507.389.5456
vincent.winstead<at>mnsu.edu

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RESEARCH

My primary research interests are in three areas, the application of Model-Based Predictive Control (MPC) methods to nonlinear optimization problems, the development of game theoretic methods for autonomous robot trajectory planning and optimization problems associated with applications in renewable energy.  MPC is a receeding horizon optimization methodolgy which has the advantage of incorporating constraints explicitly.  It has the disadvantage of being computationally expensive for high order and/or large horizon problems.  MPC is not a recent addition to the field of control systems although a relatively recent resurgence within the control sciences community, due in part to advances in computing capability, has produced some interesting applications-oriented results.  My current work in this area has centered on the applicability of using MPC methods to generate trajectories for constrained multi-vehicle coordinated control problems which are optimal under system uncertainties and various cost criteria.  Such problems are nonlinear due to the dynamics associated with vehicle motion.

EDUCATION

BS 1992 Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
MS 1994 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
PhD 2005 University of Wisconsin-Madison

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Control Systems, Autonomous Robotics, Optimization, Automotive Powertrain Systems Modeling

FILES AND LINKS OF INTEREST

MIT OpenCourseWare






Drexel University Mathematics Library

CURRENT AND PAST STUDENTS

Sumanth Museboyina - MS (Fall 2011)
Priti Sood - MS (Fall 2011)
Aaron Dahlen - MS (Spring 2012)
Isiah Hoedek - MS