Faculty Profile

Bob Norris

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
 Bob Norris
Bob Norris
Clinical Associate Professor
210B Transportation Building
104 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-6647

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, Duke Universiity, General Management, Decision Analysis 2007.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UIUC, Agricultural Engineering, Concentration: Control Theory, Systems Engineering, Robotics, 2001.
  • Master of Science, UIUC, General Engineering, Concentration: Control Theory. 1997.
  • Bachelor of Science, UIUC, General Engineering, Concentration: Control Systems/ Robotics, 1996.

Academic Positions

  • Clinical Associate Professor, UIUC

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Other Professional Employment

  • Business Owner/ Consultant - Robust Smart Control Solutions LLC, iMS2, LLC - Rock Hill SC 2009-2017
  • Entrepreneur in Residence - Innovation Fund North Carolina - 2013-2015
  • Deere and Company - research and product development - senior, staff engineer, program manager, business manager 2001-2009

Resident Instruction

  • SE 597 Independent Study
  • SE498 Introduction to Autonomous Systems
  • IE597 Independent Study

Course Development

  • SE498 Introduction to Autonomous Systems

Research Interests

  • Mechatronics
  • Control Systems
  • Expert Systems
  • Decision Analysis
  • Adaptive Systems
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Autonomous/ Unmanned Systems

Selected Articles in Journals

  • J. Reid, J. Schueller, and W. Norris. ￿Reducing the Manufacturing and Management Costs of Tractors and Agricultural Equipment￿. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR Journal of Scientific Research and Development￿. Vol. V.Invited Overview Paper. Presented at the Club of Bologna meeting November 16, 2003. Bologna, Italy.
  • Norris, W. R., R. Sreenivas, Q. Zhang, and J. C. Lopez￿Dominguez. 2001. Hierarchical rule￿base reduction for a fuzzy logic based human operator performance model. In Intelligent Engineering Systems through Artificial Neural Networks, Vol. 11: 285￿294. C. H. Dagli, A. L. Buczak, J. Ghosh, M. J. Embrechts, O. Ersoy, and S. Kercal, eds. New York, N.Y.: ASME Press.
  • Norris, W.R., Q. Zhang and R. Sreenivas, 2006. Rule-base reduction for a fuzzy human operator performance model. Applied Engineering Agriculture, 22(4): 611-618.
  • Norris, W. R., Zhang Q. and Sreenivas, R. S. A Human Operator Performance Model for Designing the Steering Control System of an Articulated Off-road Vehicle. Accepted January 2003. Special Edition - Computers and Electronics in Agriculture.
  • Norris, W. R., Q. Zhang, R. Sreenivas, and J. C. Lopez-Dominguez. 2003. A design tool for operator-adaptive steering controller. Transactions of the ASAE 46(3): 883-891.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Norris, W.R., Reid John F. The Assessment of Path Following Capability for Autonomous Agricultural Vehicle Systems. Accepted to AgEng2004 Leuven, Belgium International Conference on Agricultural Engineering Sept. 2004.
  • Norris, W.R., Reid John F. Human Perception Modeling Applied to Autonomous Agricultural System Path Following Control Applications. Accepted to AgEng2004 Leuven, Belgium International Conference on Agricultural Engineering Sept. 2004.
  • Norris, W. R., Sreenivas, R. S., and Zhang Q. An Approach Using a Neural Network Based Adaptive Filter for Performing Real-Time, On-line Qualitative System Design. Proceedings of the Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment (ATOE) 2002, ASAE, Chicago, Illinois, July 2002.
  • Norris, W. R., Sreenivas, R. S., and Zhang Q. A Real-Time Human Operator Performance Model for Performing Adaptive System Design. Proceedings of the Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment (ATOE) 2002, ASAE, Chicago, Illinois, July 2002.
  • Norris, W. R., Sreenivas, R. S., Zhang Q. and Lopez - Dominguez, J. Virtual Design Tools: A Technique for Performing Qualitative Human-in-the-Loop System Design. Proceedings of the 2001 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Sacramento, California, July 2001. Honorable Mention for Best Paper.
  • Norris, W. R., Sreenivas, R. S., Zhang Q. and Lopez - Dominguez, J. Qualitative Control System Design Incorporating Operator Preferred Performance Characteristics Using Virtual Environments. Proceedings of the SCI 2001 Conference, IEEE, Orlando, Florida, July 2001. Best Control Systems Paper at Conference.
  • Norris, W. R., Sreenivas, R. S. On a Control Policy that Maintains Indoor Air Quality in a Variable-Air-Volume Air-Handling Unit. Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE/ASME Conference on Control Applications, Hartford, Connecticut, October 1997.

Invited Lectures

  • Model Based Control System Design
  • Model Based Control System Design and a Human Operator Modeling.
  • Automation and Robotics in Agriculture

Patents

  • (Disclosure) Ad Hoc, Reconfigurable, Mesh Network Beacon System for Use in Obstructed and Unobstructed Environments: W.R. Norris and A.E. Patterson. (September 2018).
  • EP2551133 (B1) Active suspension system
  • EP2033118 (B1) Multiple mode system with multiple controllers
  • 9,429,944 Versatile robotic control module
  • 9,098,080 Systems and methods for switching between autonomous and manual operation of a vehicle
  • 9,043,016 Versatile robotic control module
  • 8,874,300 Systems and methods for obstacle avoidance
  • 8,825,294 Vehicle center of gravity active suspension control system
  • 8,510,034 Perception model for trajectory following autonomous and human augmented steering control
  • 8,498,796 Perception model for trajectory following autonomous and human augmented speed control
  • 8,473,140 Networked multi-role robotic vehicle
  • 8,195,364 Perception model for trajectory following autonomous and human augmented steering control
  • 8,020,657 Systems and methods for obstacle avoidance
  • 7,895,135 Human perception model for speed control performance
  • 7,894,951 Systems and methods for switching between autonomous and manual operation of a vehicle
  • 7,769,512 Vehicle steering control method and performance
  • 7,743,159 Reusable application framework for translating between a client and an external entity
  • (Provisional) Neural Networks as a Modulation Surface for Electrohydraulic Systems: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).
  • (Provisional) Adapative Modulation Curve for Electrohydraulic Systems using Neural Networks: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).
  • (Provisional) Virtual Interpreter and Trajectory Mapping: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).
  • (Provisional) Virtual Design Tools: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).
  • (Provisional) Adaptive Modulation Curve for Electrohydraulic Systems using Adaptive Optimization Functions: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).
  • (Provisional) Human Performance Modeling Using Fuzzy Logic: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).

Reports

  • Norris, W. R. Intelligent Vehicle System Evaluation Methodology ￿ Guidance, Obstacle Detection, Safeguarding and Safety. Submitted Technical Report, John Deere, January 2003.
  • Norris, W. R. Multi-attribute Utility Analysis for Evaluation of and Selection of Autonomous Systems. Submitted Technical Report, John Deere, January 2003.
  • Norris, W. R. Intelligent Vehicle System Evaluation Methodology, T-4477 P-9120, Technical Report, John Deere, December 2002.
  • Norris, W. R. Steering Control System Evaluation for The 5510n Autonomous Tractor For Orchard Operations TR-281 P-9120, Technical Report, John Deere, December 2002.
  • Norris, W. R. UtilRate Programmer￿s Manual, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL. September 2002.
  • Norris, W. R. UtilRate User Manual, Technical Report, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL. September 2002.
  • Van Blaricum, V., Norris, W. R. Cathodic Protection Equipment Demonstration on Remote Locations, Technical Report, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL. July 2001.
  • Van Blaricum, V., Norris, W. R. Cathodic Protection Equipment Demonstration. User Guide, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL. April, 1997.
  • Van Blaricum, V., Norris, W. R. Cathodic Protection Equipment Demonstration. Technical Report, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL. April, 1997.
  • Defense Air Quality Management System (DAQMS) Version 0.5, Software Development and User Manual, United States Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories, USACERL, December 1997.
  • Auxiliary Power Supply for the Electronic Control Module, Cummins Engine (Power), Senior Design Project. May 1996.