Research Activities

Research Interests

  • System identification and modeling for control; nonlinear control systems; automotive control systems; energy storage systems modeling, identification and control; robotics and automation; flexible mechanical structures; aerospace control systems; process control systems; welding control systems.
  • Engine and powertrain control systems; combustion feedback control; after treatment systems modeling and control; torque converter control; energy storage systems modeling, identification and control.

Research Publications from the last 10 years (archival journals only, selected from approximately 250 technical publications)

  • A. Al-Durra, M. Canova, and S. Yurkovich, “A Model-Based Methodology for Real-Time Estimation of Diesel Engine Cylinder Pressure,” ASME J. Dynamics Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 133, No. 3, 2011.
  • J. Meyer, S. Yurkovich, and S. Midlam-Mohler, “A Model Based Estimator for Cylinder Specific Air-to-Fuel Ratio Corrections,” ASME J. Dynamics Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 133, No. 3, 2011.
  • Y. Hu and S. Yurkovich, “Linear parameter varying battery model identification using subspace methods,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 196, No. 5, pp. 2913 – 2923, 2011.
  • Y. Hu, S. Yurkovich, Y. Guezennec, and B. J. Yurkovich, “Electro-thermal battery model identification for automotive applications,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 196, No. 1, pp. 449 – 457, Jan   2011.
  • A. Al-Durra, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “On the Control of Automotive Traction PEM Fuel Cell Systems,” to appear in Trends and Developments in Automotive Engineering, MSc Iva Lipovic, Ed., INTECH, ISBN 978-953-7619-X-X, Vienna, Austria, 2010.
  • A. Al-Durra, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Study of Nonlinear Control Schemes for an Automotive Traction PEM Fuel Cell System,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 35, No. 20, pp. 11291 - 11307, Oct 2010.
  • Y. Hu, S. Yurkovich, Y. Guezennec, and B. J. Yurkovich, “A technique for dynamic battery model identification in automotive applications using linear parameter varying structures,” IFAC Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 17, pp. 1190 – 1201, 2009.
  • M. Canova, Y. Guezennec, and S. Yurkovich, “On the Control of Engine Start/Stop Dynamics in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 131, Issue 6, 2009.
  • D. O. Sigthorsson, P. Jankovsky, A. Serrani, S. Yurkovich, M. A. Bolender, and D. B. Doman, “Robust Linear Output Feedback Control of an Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2008.
  • C.H. Won and S. Yurkovich, “Introduction and Literature Survey of Statistical Control: Going Beyond the Mean,” Advances in Statistical Control, System Theory and Engineering Education(selected papers from the Workshop by the same title, held in Notre Dame, IN, Oct 2007, bound volume published in 2008).
  • Y. Luo, A. Serrani, S. Yurkovich, M. W. Oppenheimer, and D. B. Doman, “A Model-Predictive Dynamic Control Allocation Scheme for Re-entry Vehicles,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Navigation, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 100-113, Jan-Feb 2007.
  • J. Parker, A. Serrani, S. Yurkovich, M. A. Bolender, and D. B. Doman, “Control-oriented Modeling of an Air-breathing Hypersonic Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Navigation, pp. 856-869, May-Jun 2007.
  • Y. Luo, A. Serrani, S. Yurkovich, M. W. Oppenheimer, and D. B. Doman, “A Model-Predictive Dynamic Control Allocation Scheme for Re-entry Vehicles,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Navigation, Vol. 30, No. 1 , pp. 100-113, Jan-Feb 2007.
  • E.F. Camacho, R. Tempo, S. Yurkovich, and P. Fleming, “Guest Editorial,” European Journal of Control, p. 287, Vol. 11, No. 4-5, 2005.
  • V. Asnani, R. Singh, and S. Yurkovich, “Active Control of Amplitude or Frequency Modulated Sounds in a Duct,” Noise Control Engineering Journal, 53(5), 211-221, Sep-Oct 2005.
  • X. Li and S. Yurkovich, “Sliding Mode Control Methodologies for Regulating Idle Speed in IC Engines,” Electrical Engineering Handbook, M. K. Sain, Chapter Ed., Academic Press, 2004.
  • J. Hurtig and S. Yurkovich, “Nonlinear Parameter Set Estimation,” International Journal of Control, Vol. 75, No. 2, pp. 111-122, 2002.
  • X. Li and S. Yurkovich, “Sliding Mode Control of Delayed Systems With Application to Engine Idle Speed Control,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 802-810, 2001.
  • X. Li and S. Yurkovich, “Neural Network Based, Discrete Adaptive Sliding Mode Control for Idle Speed Regulation in IC Engines,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Vol. 122, No. 2, pp. 269-275, Jun 2000.

Patents Issued

  • US PATENT #7,793,641 September 14, 2010 “Model based Fuel Control for Engine Crank-to-Run Transition,” Q. Ma, S. Yurkovich, K. Dudek, S. Fulcher, R. Monchamp, and J. Miller
  • US PATENT #7,647,162 January 12, 2010 “Utilized Function for Fuel Dynamics During Engine Start and Crank-to-Run Transition,” Q. Ma, S. Yurkovich, K. P. Dudek, S. Fulcher, and R. Monchamp.
  • US PATENT #7,204,236, April 17, 2007 “Calibration of Model-Based Fuel Control with Fuel Dynamics Compensation for Engine Start and Crank to Run Transition,” Q.  Ma, S. Yurkovich, K. P. Dudek, and S. Fulcher.
  • US PATENT #7,302,937, December 4, 2007 “Calibration of Model-Based Fuel Control for Engine Start and Crank to Run Transition,” Q.  Ma, S. Yurkovich, K. P. Dudek, and S. Fulcher.

Patents Pending

  • K. P. Dudek, S. Rajagopalan, S. Yurkovich, Y. Guezennec, S. Midlam-Mohler, L. Avallone, and I. Anilovich, “Air Fuel Ratio Control System for Internal Combustion Engines,” patent application filed in  2008.
  • S. Rajagopalan, K. P. Dudek, S. Liu, S. Yurkovich, S. Midlam-Mohler, Y. Guezennec,  and Y. Hu, “Universal tracking Air-Fuel Regulator for Internal Combustion Engines,” patent application filed in  2008.
  • S. Liu, K. P. Dudek, S. Rajagopalan, S. Yurkovich, Y. Hu, Y. Guezennec, and S. Midlam-Mohler, “Off-Line Calibration of Universal Tracking Air Fuel Ratio Regulators,” patent application filed in  2008.
  • K. P. Dudek, S. Rajagopalan, S. Yurkovich, Y. Guezennec, S. Midlam-Mohler, L. Avallone, and I. Anilovich, “System and Method for Determining a Camshaft Position in a Variable Valve Timing Engine,” patent application filed in 2009.
  • J. Meyer, S. Midlam-Mohler, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Fuel Control System and Method for More Accurate Response to Feedback from an Exhaust System with an Air/Fuel Equivalence Ratio Offset,” patent application filed in 2009.
  • S. Midlam-Mohler, S. Rajagopalan, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Compensating for Random Catalyst Behavior,” patent application filed in 2009. 
  • J. Meyer, S. Midlam-Mohler, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Fuel Control System And Method For Improved Response to Feedback From an Exhaust System,” patent application filed in 2009. 
  • S. Rajagopalan, J. Meyer, S. Midlam-Mohler, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Control Systems and Methods Using Geometry Based Exhaust Mixing Model,” patent application filed in 2009. 
  • J. Meyer, S. Midlam-Mohler, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Delay Calibration Systems and Methods,” patent application filed in 2009. 
  • J. Meyer, S. Midlam-Mohler, K. P. Dudek, S. Yurkovich, and Y. Guezennec, “Delay Compensation Systems and Methods,” patent application filed in 2009.

Sponsored Research Projects

  • Cummins Engine Company: Engine Combustion Control, 2009-2012 ($640,881).
  • Cummins Engine Company: Engine Variability Measurements, 2009-2012 ($109,555).
  • Transportation Research Program (OSU) equipment support, 2009-2012 ($151,000).
  • Cummins Engine Company: Control Strategies for Hybrid Electric Vehicles, 2008-2010 ($357,919).
  • General Motors Corporation: Model-Based Algorithms for Next Generation Air-to-Fuel Ratio Control, 2004-2009 ($1,109,985).
  • Center for Automotive Research, OSU (Industrial Consortium Project): Hierarchical water transport model dynamics, control and in-situ diagnostics of water transport in automotive PEM stacks under transient load conditions, 2007-2008 ($51,154).
  • General Motors Corporation: Model-Based Algorithms for Next Generation Charge Estimation, 2004-2008 ($809,799).
  • Transportation Research Program (OSU) equipment support, 2004-2008 ($125,000).
  • Department of Energy: Graduate Automotive Technologies Education Center, 2005-2010 ($1,282,468).
  • Center for Automotive Research, OSU (Industrial Consortium Project): Control and Diagnostics of Automotive Fuel Cell Systems, 2004-2006 ($174,122).
  • General Motors Corporation: Model-Based Control Algorithms for Engine Start and Crank-to-Run Transition, 2001-2005 ($616,539).
  • Air Force Research Laboratories: Control of Reusable Hypersonic Launch Vehicles (part of the Collaborative Center of Control Science), 2001-2007 ($593,844).
  • Center for Automotive Research, OSU (Industrial Consortium Project): Control and Diagnostics of Automotive Fuel Cell Systems, 2003-2005 ($50,000).
  • Center for Automotive Research, OSU (Industrial Consortium Project): Model-based control and emissions after treatment in advanced CIDI engines, 2001 ($50,000).
  • Luk: Multifunction Torque Converters Modeling and Control, 2001-2002 ($20,000).
  • Center for Automotive Research, OSU (Industrial Consortium Project): Control Design for HEV Drivetrains, 2001 ($100,000).