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
  • 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

Code Description Percentage
090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified 20
010203 Calculus of Variations, Systems Theory and Control Theory 40
090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation 40

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2011 - 1/12/2013 Research Fellow

Mechatronics

University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/02/2011 - 1/02/2015 Fellow UON

UoN Research Fellowship

University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/08/2009 - 1/01/2011 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Australia
1/03/2007 - 1/06/2009 Teaching assistant National University of Rosario
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Argentina
1/09/2001 - 1/05/2005 Teaching assistant National University of Rosario
Argentina
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
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 Group

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Group
Project Team Doctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
Scheme Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1200327
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20113 grants / $482,796

2010 Research Fellowship - PRCCDSC$457,796

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Alejandro Donaire
Scheme Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100065
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
Scheme Fellowship Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100066
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Energy-based Control of Underwater Vehicles$10,000

Funding body: Defence Science and Technology Group

Funding body Defence Science and Technology Group
Project Team Doctor Alejandro Donaire, Associate Professor Tristan Perez
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100466
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Passivity Based Control of Constrained Physical Systems PhD (Electrical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2013 Masters Passivity-Based Control of a Class of Underactuated Robotic System M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Alejandro Donaire

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

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

Office

Room ES431a
Building ES
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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