Dr Alejandro Donaire

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Donaire received his degree in Electronic Engineering in 2003 and his PhD in 2009, both from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina. His work was supported by the Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, CONICET. In 2009, he joined the Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, The University of Newcastle, Australia. Since 2011, he has held the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship of the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests include nonlinear and energy-based control theory with application to electrical drives, multi-agent systems, robotics, smart micro-grids networks, marine and aerospace mechatronics, and power systems.

Research Expertise
Dr Donaire's research has focused on modelling, analysis, and design of nonlinear control systems. He has particular interest on passivity-based control methods for nonlinear physical systems. His research aims to develop theory for control design in the framework of port-Hamiltonian systems, Euler-Lagrange systems, and Brayton-Moser equations, with application to electrical machines, multi-agent systems, robotics, smart grids, marine and aerospace mechatronics, and power systems.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Donaire has teaching experience in the following topics and courses - Control system design - Mechatronic systems - Dynamics and control of electrical drives - Physical system dynamics

Collaborations
Dr Donaire have collaborated with national and international researchers. He believes that teamwork, collaboration, and dedication greatly increase the quality and productivity of the research. His previous and on-going collaborations include - Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes, L2S, CNRS-Supelec-UPS, France. - Laboratory of Control, School of Electronic Engineering, National University of Rosario, Argentina. - Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Melbourne, Australia. - Laboratoire d'Automatique, Gènie Informatique & Signal (LAGIS), Lille, France.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Rosario - Argentina
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Rosario-Santa Fe-Argentina
  • Graduate Certificate, Universidad Nacional de Rosario-Santa Fe-Argentina

Keywords

  • Control system design
  • Control theory
  • Dynamic systems
  • Electrical drives
  • Mechatronics
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Passivity-based control
  • Port-Hamiltonian systems
  • Port-Hamitonian systems

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
010203Calculus of Variations, Systems Theory and Control Theory40
090602Control Systems, Robotics and Automation40
090699Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
14/03/2014 - 6/02/2015University of Newcastle Research FeUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/12/2013Research Fellow
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University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/02/2011 - 1/02/2015Fellow UON
UoN Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/08/2009 - 1/01/2011Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia
1/03/2007 - 1/06/2009Teaching assistantNational University of Rosario
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Argentina
1/09/2001 - 1/05/2005Teaching assistantNational University of Rosario
Argentina
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Perez T, Donaire AG, Renton CP, 'Port-Hamiltonian control of fully-actuated underwater vehicles', Further Advances in Unmanned Marine Vehicles, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London, UK 129-147 (2012) [B1]
2011Junco S, Donaire AG, 'Bond graph modeling and simulation of electrical machines and drives', Bond Graph Modelling of Engineering Systems - Theory, Application and Software Support, Springer, New York 269-321 (2011) [B1]
DOI10.1007/978-1-4419-9368-7_8

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Knorn S, Donaire A, Agueero JC, Middleton RH, 'Passivity-based control for multi-vehicle systems subject to string constraints', AUTOMATICA, 50 3224-3230 (2014)
DOI10.1016/j.automatica.2014.10.038Author URL
Co-authorsJuan Aguero, Richard Middleton
2014Knorn S, Donaire A, Agüero JC, Middleton RH, 'Passivity-based control for multi-vehicle systems subject to string constraints', Automatica, 50 3224-3230 (2014) [C1]

In this paper, we show how heterogeneous bidirectional vehicle strings can be modelled as port-Hamiltonian systems. Analysis of stability and string stability within this framewor... [more]

In this paper, we show how heterogeneous bidirectional vehicle strings can be modelled as port-Hamiltonian systems. Analysis of stability and string stability within this framework is straightforward and leads to a better understanding of the underlying problem. Nonlinear local control and additional integral action is introduced to design a suitable control law guaranteeing l2 string stability of the system with respect to bounded disturbances.

DOI10.1016/j.automatica.2014.10.038
Co-authorsJuan Aguero, Richard Middleton
2013Romero JG, Donaire A, Ortega R, 'Robust energy shaping control of mechanical systems', SYSTEMS & CONTROL LETTERS, 62 770-780 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.sysconle.2013.05.011Author URL
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 7
2012Donaire AG, Perez T, 'Dynamic positioning of marine craft using a port-Hamiltonian framework', Automatica, 48 851-856 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 2
2009Donaire AG, Junco S, 'On the addition of integral action to port-controlled Hamiltonian systems', Automatica, 45 1910-1916 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.automatica.2009.04.006
CitationsScopus - 37Web of Science - 22
2009Perez T, Donaire AG, 'Constrained control design for dynamic positioning of marine vehicles with control allocation', Modeling Identification and Control, 30 57-70 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.4173/mic.2009.2.2
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 2
2009Donaire AG, Junco S, 'Derivation of Input-State-Output Port-Hamiltonian Systems from bond graphs', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17 137-151 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.simpat.2008.02.007
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 5
2009Donaire AG, Junco S, 'Energy shaping, interconnection and damping assignment, and integral control in the bond graph domain', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17 152-174 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.simpat.2008.02.012
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 5
2005Junco S, Donaire A, Achir A, Sueur C, Dauphin-Tanguy G, 'Non-linear control of a series direct current motor via flatness and decomposition in the bond graph domain', PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART I-JOURNAL OF SYSTEMS AND CONTROL ENGINEERING, 219 215-230 (2005) [E1]
DOI10.1243/095965105X9542Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5
2005Donaire A, Junco SJ, 'Deriving Port-Controlled Hamiltonian Models with dissipation from Bond Graphs', International Conference on Integrated Modeling and Analysis in Applied Control and Automation, IMAACA 2005, Held at the International Mediterranean Modeling Multiconference, I3M 2005, 117-126 (2005)

This paper presents the formulation of Port- Controlled Hamiltonian Models from Bond Graphs. For this, the general abstract field representation of BG and its associated standard ... [more]

This paper presents the formulation of Port- Controlled Hamiltonian Models from Bond Graphs. For this, the general abstract field representation of BG and its associated standard implicit form are used in order to establish a connection among variables in both domains. This correspondence can be useful to translate energy- and powershaping control system design methods available on one domain into the other. Some examples illustrate the techniques and formulæ presented.

CitationsScopus - 1
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Conference (26 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Knorn S, Donaire AG, Aguero JC, Middleton R, 'Scalability of Bidirectional Vehicle Strings with Measurement Errors', Proceedings of the 19th IFAC World Congress, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa (2014) [E1]
DOI10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.00741
Co-authorsJuan Aguero, Richard Middleton
2014Donaire AG, Perez T, Bartlett N, 'Tracking Control of a Class of Hamiltonian Mechanical Systems with Disturbances', Proceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2014, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E2]
2013Knorn S, Donaire A, Aguero JC, Middleton RH, 'Energy-based control of bidirectional vehicle strings', 2013 3rd Australian Control Conference (AUCC), Perth, Australia (2013) [E1]
DOI10.1109/AUCC.2013.6697281
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsRichard Middleton, Juan Aguero
2013Teo YR, Donaire A, Perez T, 'Regulation and Integral Control of an Underactuated Robotic System Using IDA-PBC with Dynamic Extension', 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference On Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM). Mechatronics For Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E1]
DOI10.1109/AIM.2013.6584211
2013Valentinis F, Donaire A, Perez T, 'Control of an underactuated-slender-hull unmanned underwater vehicle using Port-Hamiltonian Theory', 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference On Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics: Mechatronics For Human Wellbeing, Wollongong, Australia (2013) [E1]
DOI10.1109/AIM.2013.6584315
2013Perez T, Donaire A, Renton C, Valentinis F, 'Energy-Based Motion Control of Marine Vehicles Using Interconnection and Damping Assignment Passivity-Based Control - a Survey', Control Applications in Marine Systems, Osaka, Japan (2013) [E2]
DOI10.3182/20130918-4-JP-3022.00072
2013Donaire A, Perez T, 'Energy-Based Nonlinear Control of Ship Roll Gyro-Stabiliser with Precession Angle Constraints', Control Applications in Marine Systems, Osaka, Japan (2013) [E1]
DOI10.3182/20130918-4-JP-3022.00046
2012Donaire AG, Perez T, Teo YR, 'Robust speed tracking control of synchronous motors using immersion and invariance', 2012 7th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), Singapore (2012) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 3
2012Renton CP, Teo YR, Donaire AG, Perez T, 'Active control of car suspension systems using IDA-PBC', Australian Control Conference 2012, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
2012Romero JG, Donaire AG, Ortega R, 'Simplifying robust energy shaping controllers for mechanical systems via coordinate changes', Proceedings of the 4th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Non Linear Control, Bertinoro, Italy (2012) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 3
2012Romero JG, Donaire AG, Ortega R, 'Robustifying energy shaping control of mechanical systems', Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, Hawaii (2012) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2011De Lamberterie P-EM, Perez T, Donaire AG, 'A low-complexity flight controller for unmanned aircraft systems with constrained control allocation', Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2011, Melbourne, Vic (2011) [E1]
2011Donaire AG, Perez T, Renton CP, 'Manoeuvring control of fully-actuated marine vehicles. A Port-Hamiltonian system approach to tracking', Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Control Conference, AUCC 2011, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E1]
2011Perez T, Donaire AG, De Lamberterie P-EM, Williams B, 'A framework for testing robust autonomy of UAS during design and certification', AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2011 Online Proceeding, St Louis, Missouri (2011) [E2]
2011Perez T, Donaire AG, De Lamberterie P-EM, Williams B, 'Joint motion control and control allocation design for UAS flight control systems', AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2011 Online Proceeding, St Louis, Missouri (2011) [E2]
2010Perez T, Donaire A, 'Control design for positioning of underwater vehicles with control allocation', International Maritime Conference 2010 Program and Abstract Book: Maritime Industry - Challenges, Opportunities and Imperatives, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E2]
2010Perez T, De Lamberterie P, Donaire A, Herrero ER, 'Parameter estimation of thrust models of uninhabited airborne systems', IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) (2010)

This paper presents a method for the estimation of thrust model parameters of uninhabited airborne systems using specific flight tests. Particular tests are proposed to simplify t... [more]

This paper presents a method for the estimation of thrust model parameters of uninhabited airborne systems using specific flight tests. Particular tests are proposed to simplify the estimation. The proposed estimation method is based on three steps. The first step uses a regression model in which the thrust is assumed constant. This allows us to obtain biased initial estimates of the aerodynamic coefficients of the surge model. In the second step, a robust nonlinear state estimator is implemented using the initial parameter estimates, and the model is augmented by considering the thrust as random walk. In the third step, the estimate of the thrust obtained by the observer is used to fit a polynomial model in terms of the propeller advanced ratio. We consider a numerical example based on Monte-Carlo simulations to quantify the sampling properties of the proposed estimator given realistic flight conditions.

2010Perez T, De Lamberterie P-EM, Donaire AG, Revestido-Herrero E, 'Parameter estimation of thrust models of uninhabited vehicles and systems', 7th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, Lecce, Italy (2010) [E1]
DOI10.3182/20100906-3-IT-2019.00062
2010Perez T, Donaire AG, Williams BP, 'On evaluation of robust autonomy of uninhabited vehicles and systems', 7th IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, Lecce, Italy (2010) [E1]
2010Donaire AG, Perez T, 'Port Hamiltonian Theory of motion control for marine craft', 8th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Rostock, Germany (2010)
2008Nacusse MA, Junco SJ, Donaire AG, 'AUTOMATIZANDO EL MODELADO Y SIMULACION CON BOND GRAPHS DE SISTEMAS FISICOS CONMUTADOS', Mecanica Computacional, San Luis, Argentina (2008) [E1]
2008Junco S, Rahmani A, Hihi H, Donaire AG, 'On the stability of a class of switches bond graphs', Proceedings 22nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Nicosia, Cyprus (2008) [E1]
2006Achir A, Junco S, Donaire A, Sueur C, 'A bond-graph method for flatness-based dynamic feedback linearization controller synthesis: Application to a current-fed induction motor', 20th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation ECMS 2006, Bonn Rhein Sige Univ Appl Sci, Bonn, GERMANY (2006)
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2006Donaire A, Junco S, 'Energy shaping and interconnection and damping assignment control in the bond graph domain', 20th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation ECMS 2006, Bonn Rhein Sige Univ Appl Sci, Bonn, GERMANY (2006) [E1]
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
2006Achir A, Junco S, Donaire AG, Sueur C, 'A Bond-Graph Method for Flatness-Based Dynamic Feedback Linearization Controller Synthesis: Application to a Current-Fed Induction Motor', Proceedings 20th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Sankt Augustin, Alemania (2006) [E1]
2002Junco S, Donaire A, Garnero G, 'Speed control of series DC motor: A bond graph based backstepping design', Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (2002)

A speed-tracking problem is solved on a series DC-motor via a bond graph based backstepping technique. A switched excitation circuit allowing for field-weakening demands two desig... [more]

A speed-tracking problem is solved on a series DC-motor via a bond graph based backstepping technique. A switched excitation circuit allowing for field-weakening demands two designs, each of them being accomplished via a basic methodology combining backstepping and an elementary tracking design. A Lyapunov-redesign method is further applied in order to assure closed loop asymptotic stability of the whole system. The essential BG concepts and techniques used in the methods are minimal paths, bicausality and I-O inversion. The bond graph technique gives physical insight into the choice of the intermediate variables for the backstepping design. The controller performance is shown with the help of digital simulation results.

CitationsScopus - 1
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Perez T, Donaire AG, '[Commercial in confidence]', CFW-Hamilton Jet & Co Ltd, New Zealand, 9 (2009) [R2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$522,796

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20121 grants / $40,000

Nonlinear State Estimation and Control of Multiple UUV’s in Close Proximity$40,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project TeamDoctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
SchemeResearch Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200327
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20113 grants / $482,796

2010 Research Fellowship - PRCCDSC$457,796

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Alejandro Donaire
SchemeResearch Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100065
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Energy-Based Control of Constrained Port-Hamiltonian Systems (PHS)$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
SchemeFellowship Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100066
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Energy-based Control of Underwater Vehicles$10,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Funding bodyDefence Science and Technology Organisation
Project TeamDoctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100466
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Nonlinear State Estimation and Control of Multiple UUV's in Close Proximity
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
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Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Passivity-Based Control of a Class of Underactuated Robotic System
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Alejandro Donaire

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Emailalejandro.donaire@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 7459

Office

RoomES431a
BuildingES
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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