About the Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group
The Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group is concerned with the application of information and computer technology in mechanical engineering.
We work to promote and develop this highly important technical area which underpins modern mechanical engineering in many sectors, including aerospace, automotive, energy, manufacturing, rail and maritime.
We also aim to equip engineering professionals with the highest standards of technical knowledge on the subject, and organise events to encourage sharing of best practice and new technology.
- Mechatronics - the engineering discipline of integrating technologies from mechanical engineering, electronics, and computing to create more intelligent machines
- Informatics - the science of processing data for storage and retrieval. The successful design of complex systems is highly dependent on how design information is represented, managed and retrieved
- Control engineering - the design of machine controllers, based on an understanding of dynamic characteristics, so that the machine will behave in a desirable way
The Group incorporates the Mechatronics Forum, which has been actively promoting mechatronics internationally for the past 20 years. It also supports the UK Automatic Control Council (UKACC), which is the national representative for the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).
The MICG supports CPD courses at Bath University
In partnership with the University of Bath, MICG supports short courses for Continuing Professional Development in the areas of hydraulics, electrical drives, and control. The courses are presented in Bath by experienced staff and researchers from the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control at the University. Lectures covering the fundamentals are complemented by a range of experimental laboratory sessions, tutorials, design exercises, and computer simulation classes.
Scheduled courses include:
- Introduction to hydraulic circuits and components (by distance learning)
- Introduction to hydraulic circuits and components
- Component selection for hydraulic systems
- Hydraulic Systems and Efficiency
- Electrical drives for mechanical engineers
- Introduction to control of mechatronic systems
- Control of electrohydraulic systems<
- Simulation of hydraulic systems.