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Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group

Who are we?

The Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group (MICG) is concerned with the application of information and computer technology in mechanical engineering. This includes the integrated design of devices which incorporate real-time control technology, and the utilisation of advanced information systems to aid the design process. We are all volunteers from various industry sectors and academia and meet as a board four times per year, usually at Birdcage Walk.

What do we cover?

  • Mechatronics is the engineering discipline of integrating technologies from mechanical engineering, electronics, and computing to create more intelligent machines
  • Informatics is 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 concerns the design of machine controllers, based on an understanding of dynamic characteristics, so that the machine will behave in a desirable way

What do we do?

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.

The MICG 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).

Part of our remit is to organise events in the area of Mechatronics, Informatics and Control a list of up coming events can be found by clicking on the 'Events' tab in the left-hand side menu. In order to provide a first class service which is relevant to the requirements of our engineering sector and your individual professional development, we strongly encourage suggestions on topics for activities and events. Please email us at ge@imeche.org.

Ian Morris
MICG Chairman

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