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MEMS Seminar: Kira Barton, PhD

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, 012
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Modeling and Control for Advanced Manufacturing Systems 
Abstract: Manufacturing has undergone significant changes over the past five-ten years thanks to technological advancements that have been leveraged to meet a diverse set of customer requirements driven by global and societal needs. Conventional manufacturing control strategies were typically designed for robustness and speed within a controlled and well-regulated environment. However, recent demands for customization and agility coupled with big data investments have provided an opportunity for more learning-based methods to be introduced. Data driven strategies have long provided a means of harnessing information to enhance the performance of these complex systems. In this talk, motivated by real-world interest from industry, we will demonstrate how an improved understanding of how to combine data-based learning and experiential knowledge to make intelligent decisions can save time, money, and resources in advanced manufacturing processes.

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology



Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Event Contact

Kyla Kordell, kkyla@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Kira Barton is a Professor in the Robotics and Mechanical Engineering Departments at the University of Michigan. She received her B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and 2010. She is also serving as a Special Assistant to the Dean in Robotics within the College of Engineering, and as the Associate Director for the Automotive Research Center, a University-based U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of military and civilian ground systems. She was a Miller Faculty Scholar for the University of Michigan from 2017 – 2020. Prof. Barton’s research specializes in advancements in modeling, sensing, and control for applications in smart manufacturing and robotics, with a specialization in learning and multi-agent systems.  Kira is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 2014, 2015 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the 2015 University of Illinois, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the 2016 University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Award, and the 2017 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Young Investigator Award. Kira was named 1 of 25 leaders transforming manufacturing by SME in 2022, and was selected as one of the 2022 winners of the Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

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