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People, Degrees and Courses

Principal Advisor- Prof. Bernard Roth
Others on Committee
Prof. John McCarthy
Prof. Jerome Feldman
Prof. David Thompson

Proposed Title for Deg.   Ph. D. in Automation

Special field of investigation- Automated manufacturing systems

Tentative title of dissertation-  A totally automated system for the design and
manufacture of sheet metal parts.

Degrees Received:

	B.S. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mass. Inst. of Tech. June 1963
	M.S. Mechanical Engineering,  Stanford University, June 1965
	Diploma of Engineering-Fluid Dynamics, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode St. Genese,  Belgium- July 1967
	Engineer- Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, June 1969

Courses completed as a graduate student-(At Stanford Univ. unless noted)

Fluid Mechanics- Propulsion 

AA280B Rocket Propulsion 2Q
AA280C Rocket Propulsion 2Q
AA282 Nuclear Propulsion  3Q
AA281 Electric Propulsion 3Q

Fluid Mechanics

ME138A Fluid Flow 3Q
ME238A Continum Fluid Mech. 3Q
AA220 Aerodynamic Physical Measurements 3Q
Fluidics -VKI- 3Q
Low Speed Aerodynamics- VKI 3Q


ME231A Heat Transmission 3Q
ME231B Heat Transmission 3Q
ME233 Adv. Thermodynamics 2B

Systems Engineering

Engr. 235 Satellite Syst. Eng. 6Q
EE373 Adaptive Systems 3Q
ME291 Engineering Problems 6Q - Solar Energy Systems Studies under Dr. William Bollay


ME217A Analytical Design 3Q
ME 116 a,b,c- Product Design 9Q
ME112a,b- Product Design- 6Q
ART 155B Design Problems 3Q

Mechanics and Dynamics

ME222 Kinematic Synthesis
EM202A Elasticity 3Q
EM221N Dynamics 3Q
EM222N Dynamics 3Q

Control Systems

ME218A Control Systems 3Q
EE128 Control Systems 3Q
EE171H Control Systems Lab. 3Q
ME228 Fluidics 3Q
Control Systems- VKI- 3Q


EM 250 Mathematical Methods 3Q
EM 251 Mathematical Methods 3Q

Seminars during several quarters

Engineers Deg. Thesis title:  Design of a Computer Controlled Manipulator
Diploma Paper-VKI-" Pulsed and Oscillating Flow Thrust Augmenting Ejectors"
Bachelors Deg. thesis- M.I.T.- Design of a Fully Submerged Foil Hydrofoil Boat

Completed several other short courses, including Fortran and Algol Programming.
Engineering problem work with Profs. B. Roth, A. London, R. McKim and W. Bollay on
various subjects.

Proposed Course Program

One course in Industrial Engineering
One course in Advanced Programing

Statement of Purpose

	The dissertation  topic I  have chosen-  The Automated  Sheet
Metal  Shop- will require the  use of facilities  and capabilities of
various  departments.  Specifically,  the  topic  will  involve   the
development of both  new software and new hardware systems  and an in
integrated  management  and  control  system  to  perform  the proper
functions in  a industrially  and commercially  realistic manner.  My
sponsoring committee has been chosen  from the fields which I think I
will draw most heavily from  during the development and execution  of
this dissertation.   The  initial phase  will be  a project  planning
phase, involving a systems engineering approach with interaction with
industrial organizations.    Part of  this  phase will  also  involve
obtaining  sufficient funds  and other  material resources  to enable
execution of the later hardware phases.  

	The software development section of the project will utilizee
many of the  resources of the  Artificial Intelligence project.   The
design phase  of the project will  involve use of  the A.I. project's
interactive  graphics  capability.  Existing  software  and   display
terminals  will be  used.  New  planning  programs will  have  to  be
developed,   These  programs  will  draw   heavily  on  both  current
industrial practice, and on new guidelines which will be developed as
the  project progresses.    These  guidelines will  be  based on  the
availability and  use of multiple machines rather than single machine
oriented industrial planning programs.  

	Much of the operator feedback, during the design and planning
phase   of  the  problem   will  come   from  data   and  performance
specifications obtained  and developed  from mechanical  engineering,
manufacturing and  control  engineering considerations.   This  phase
will rely heavily  on the engineering departments associated with the

	The hardware development phase of the dissertation  will make
use of both  previous experience in the field  of computer controlled
manipulators  and machines  and also  draw heavily on  the Mechanical
Engineering  and   Electrical  Engineering   Departments  for   their
capabilities and resources in  the area of machine design and control
of these machines.  

Statement of Purpose
	The  area  of  study  which  I  have chosen-  Automation-  is
basically  an interdisiplinary  field.   At present  there is  no one
department at Stanford which provides more than one or two courses in
this field. 

	The dissertation  topic I  have chosen-  The Automated  Sheet
Metal Shop-[reference my Dissertation Proposal-attached] is a logical
extension of  both my  broad academic  pursuits and  my  professional
experience in  the  fields of  automation engineering  and design  of
computer  controlled manipulators  and devices.   The project  I have
proposed involves the research,  design,  development,  and execution
in both software and hardware  of a complete operational system. Some
of the  fields of science and engineering which will be tapped in the
execution of this project are:

Systems Engineering-Proposal, State of the  Art Research, Feasability
		    Studies, Cost and Effort Planning, Funding.

Human Factors  Engineering-Man-Machine Interface.   Design Philosophy
			   and Process.

Computer  Graphics-  Display  Routines,    Interactive  Planning  and

Product Design- Development of guidelines and models of building 
		block sheet metal parts and components.

Machine Design- Design and development of computer controlled and/or
		operated machines.

Robot Factors  Engineering-A new engineering disipline involving
			   Robot-Machine  Interface Problems,  Robot
			   Task planning,Design of machines to be
			   controlled and operated by robots and

Control Systems  Engineering- R and D and  Design of computer control
	 of  machines and  robots. Sensors  and feedback devices  and
	 associated sub-systems.

Manufacturing Operations-  Time, Motion,   and Cost studies  of sheet
	metal fabrication.  Sequence of operations.  Estimation rules
	and operational sequence planning and program development.

Programming-  Development  of  new  display,  planning,   interactive
		design, machine-robot, sensing, and  control routines.   

Electrical  Engineering and Logic Design- Planning and development of
			computer-machine and computer-robot interface.

	I have carefully studied the broad scope of this project, and
feel that to  successfully execute the project in a reasonable period
of time will require both a close working relationship with my chosen
committee,  and the  use of  a large  range of  University resources.
Each  member of my committee has been  selected with the objective of
having a respected "consultant" in each of the major study areas. See
Attachment C, section 4. 

	The  project  will  physically be  located  at  the  Stanford
Artificial Intelligence  Lab. which already has the required computer
facilities. The laboratory also has the displays, computer controlled
manipulators, and sufficient supporting software and hardware to make
a  project of this  scale a realistic  goal at Stanford,  but not yet
realizable by any one industrial organization.

	In addition, I expect to maintain communication with numerous
members  of various departments,  including the  Depts. of Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical  Engineering, Engineering  Economic  Systems,
Chemistry(all of  the A.I. lab's manipulators  have been manufactured
by the Chemistry Dept.).

	As a furthur statement  of purpose,  I feel that  the time is
right  for  an engineer  to  try to  utilize  more than  a  decade of
progress  by  computer   scientists  in   the  field  of   Artificial
Intelligence to produce a viable,  industrially acceptable,  computer
automated integrated design, planning and manufacturing system.

Prof. B. Roth-  Industrial  automation   ,    machine   design,
		manufacturing processes, product design.

Prof. J. McCarthy-  Conceptualization, imagination, allied fields
		    implications, programming philosophy.

Prof. J. Feldman-   Display techniques, Programming guidance,
		    Computer-Machine and Robot-Machine 		
		    interfacing  and  programming.   

Prof. D. Thompson-  Human factors, robot factors, graphics and display
		    methods and approaches.  Planning and weighting 
		    of component sub-systems development.