Zachary Jackowski

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— Wind power represents one of the most promising sources of renewable energy, and improvements to wind turbine design and control can have a significant impact on energy sustainability. In this paper we make two primary contributions: first, we develop and present a actuated micro wind turbine intended for research purposes. While most academic work on(More)
In recent years the subject of flying vehicles propelled by flapping wings, also known as ornithopters, has been an area of interest because of its application to micro aerial vehicles (MAVs). These miniature vehicles seek to mimic small birds and insects to achieve never before seen agility in flight. This renewed interest has raised a host of new problems(More)
In recent years a number of new computational techniques for the control of nonlin-ear and underactuated systems have been developed and tested largely in theory and simulation. In order to better understand how these new tools are applied to real systems and to expose areas where the theory is lacking testing on a physical model system is necessary. In(More)
— Wind power represents one of the most promising sources of renewable energy, and improvements to wind turbine design and control can have a significant impact on energy sustainability. Although wind energy has not been a canonical research area in robotics, we argue here that many robotics techniques (physical system design, modeling and control, and(More)
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