Production Systems Engineering (PSE) is a recently developed branch of engineering that addresses manufacturing problems using system-theoretic tools. It offers a comprehensive set of methods for analysis, design, and continuous improvement of production systems in large volume manufacturing. It also offers a toolbox, which implements the algorithms developed. In this talk, the main results of PSE will be overviewed and a recent development related to re-entrant lines will be described.
Bio: Semyon M. Meerkov received his MSEE degree from the Polytechnic of Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1962 and Ph.D. in Systems Science from the Institute of Control Sciences, Moscow, Russia, in 1966. He was with the Institute of Control Sciences until 1977. From 1979 to 1984 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Since 1984 he has been a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He has held visiting positions at UCLA (1978-1979), Stanford (1991), Technion, Israel (1997-1998 and 2008) and Tsinghua, China (2008). He was the Editor-in-Chief of Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Department Editor for Manufacturing Systems of IIE Transactions and Associate Editor of several other journals. His research interests are in Systems and Control with applications to production systems and communication networks and in Theory of Rational Behavior with applications to resilient monitoring and control.