Research Profile

Richard Kavanagh

Biography

Richard Kavanagh is a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Cork where he directs the Mechatronics Research Laboratory. He has previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist with PEI Technologies, and as a Senior Project Engineer with SPS Laboratories Ltd. His current research interests include improved sensor design through advanced signal processing and the analysis of quantization effects in data acquisition systems. He also works in the areas of servosystem control, virtual reality and signal processing for digital cartography. Dr. Kavanagh is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He is a Chartered Engineer and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Research Interests

Theoretical Analysis and Design of DSP filters for Quantized Signals Improved Digital Speed Sensing – Theoretical analysis and practical Implementation Nonuniformly sampled signals – reconstruction and filtering VRML-based visualization for Mechatronics education Simulation and Measurement of Complex Web Processing Plants Mechatronic Test Systems

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2010)'New Learning Algorithm for High-Quality Velocity Measurement and Control When Using Low-Cost Optical Encoders'
Boggarpu, NK; Kavanagh, RC; (2010) 'New Learning Algorithm for High-Quality Velocity Measurement and Control When Using Low-Cost Optical Encoders'. IEEE Transactions On Instrumentation and Measurement, 59 :565-574 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'An enhanced constant sample-time digital tachometer through oversampling'
Kavanagh, RC; (2004) 'An enhanced constant sample-time digital tachometer through oversampling'. Transactions of The Institute of Measurement and Control, 26 :83-98 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Nonlinear FIR differentiator for quantised input signals'
O'Donnell, GM,Murphy, DD,Kavanagh, RC; (2002) 'Nonlinear FIR differentiator for quantised input signals'. Electronic Letters, 38 :1319-1321 [DOI] [Details]
(2001)'Probabilistic learning technique for improved accuracy of sinusoidal encoders'
Kavanagh, RC; (2001) 'Probabilistic learning technique for improved accuracy of sinusoidal encoders'. IEEE Transactions On Industrial Electronics, 48 :673-681 [Details]
(2001)'FIR differentiators for quantized signals'
Kavanagh, RC; (2001) 'FIR differentiators for quantized signals'. IEEE Transactions On Signal Processing, 49 :2713-2720 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2014)ASME 2014 Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
Haiyang Li, Guangbo Hao*, and Richard Kavanagh (2014) Synthesis of Decoupled Spatial Translational Compliant Parallel Mechanisms via a Freedom and Actuation Method (FAM) ASME 2014 Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis [Details]
(2006)IEEE Computers in Power Electronics Workshop (COMPEL'06)
Foley R.F.; Kavanagh R.C.; Marnane W.P.; Egan M.G.; (2006) Sensorless Current-Sharing in Multiphase Power Converters . In: * eds. IEEE Computers in Power Electronics Workshop (COMPEL'06) Troy, New York, USA, , 16-JUL-06 - 19-JUL-06 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2006)IEEE Intl. Symp. on Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM 2006)
Sulligoi G., Kavanagh R.C.; (2006) An Innovative Method for Improved Real-Time Measurements of Angular Acceleration in Motion Control Systems . In: * eds. IEEE Intl. Symp. on Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM 2006) Taormina, Sicily, , 23-MAY-06 - 26-MAY-06 , pp.658-662 [Details]
(2005)IEEE Appl. Power Electronics Conf. (APEC 2005)
Foley R.F., Kavanagh R.C., Marnane W.P., Egan M.G.; (2005) An Area-Efficient Digitpal Pulsewidth Modulation Architecture Suitable for FPGA implementation . In: * eds. IEEE Appl. Power Electronics Conf. (APEC 2005) Austin, Texas, USA, , 06-MAR-05 - 10-MAR-05 , pp.1412-1418 [Details]
(2005)IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition APEC’05
Foley R.F.; Kavanagh R.C.; Marnane W.P.; Egan M.G; (2005) An Area-Efficient Digital Pulswidth Modulation Architecture Suitable for FPGA Implementation . In: * eds. IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition APEC’05 Austin, Texas, USA, , 06-MAR-05 - 10-MAR-05 , pp.III-1412-III1418 [Details]
(2005)IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conf. (PESC 2005)
Foley R.F., Kavanagh R.C., Marnane W.P., Egan M.G.; (2005) A Versatile Digital Pulsewidth Modulation Architecture with Area-Efficient FPGA Implementation . In: * eds. IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conf. (PESC 2005) Recife, Brazil, , 11-JUN-05 - 16-JUN-05 , pp.2609-2615 [Details]
(2005)IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference PESC’05
Foley R.F.; Kavanagh R.C.; Marnane W.P.; Egan M.G; (2005) A Versatile Digital Pulsewidth Modulation Architecture with Area Efficient FPGA Implementation . In: * eds. IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference PESC’05 Recife, Brazil, , 12-JUN-05 - 16-JUN-05 , pp.2609-2615 [Details]
(2003)Proceedings of the IHP/ICID/IEI/OPW joint National Hydrology Seminar on Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management
McGrath J., Barry K., O'Kane J.P., Kavanagh R.C.; (2003) High Resolution DEM and Sea Level Rise in the Centre of Cork - Blue City Project . In: * eds. Proceedings of the IHP/ICID/IEI/OPW joint National Hydrology Seminar on Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management Tullamore, Co. Offaly, , 11-NOV-03 - 11-NOV-03 , pp.110-118 [Details]
(1999)IEEE COMPEL Workshop, (COMPEL 2006)
Foley R.F., Kavanagh R.C., Marnane W.P., Egan M.G.; (1999) Sensorless Current-Sharing in Multiphase Power Converters . In: * eds. IEEE COMPEL Workshop, (COMPEL 2006) New York, USA, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.16/07/2006-19/07/2006 [Details]
(1996)IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks
O'Donovan, G.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Murphy, J. M. D.; Egan, M. G.; (1996) Neural Network Commissioning of a PI Controller for a Rigidly Coupled Motor/Mechanical System . In: * eds. IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks Washington D.C, , 02-JUN-96 - 06-JUN-96 , pp.2049-2054 [Details]
(1995)Proceedings - European Power Electronics Conference
O'Donovan, G.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Murphy, J. M. D.; Egan, M. G.; (1995) Estimation of Parameters in a Geared Flexible Mechanical System Using a Hybrid Neural Network/Conventional Approach . In: * eds. Proceedings - European Power Electronics Conference Sevilla, Spain, , 19-SEP-95 - 21-SEP-95 , pp.173-177 [Details]
(1994)IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference, IECON '94
O'Donovan, G.; Roche, P. J.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1994) Neural Network Based Torque Ripple Minimisation in a Switched Reluctance Motor . In: * eds. IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference, IECON '94 Bologna, Italy, , 05-SEP-94 - 09-SEP-94 , pp.1226-1231 [Details]
(1993)European Power Electronics Conference, EPE '93
Rochford, C.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1993) Development of Smooth Torque in Switched Reluctance Motors Using Self-Learning Techniques . In: * eds. European Power Electronics Conference, EPE '93 Brighton, UK, , 14-SEP-93 - 19-SEP-93 , pp.14-19 [Details]
(1992)International Conference on Electrical Machines, ICEM '92
Moynihan, J. F.; Bolagnani, S.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1992) State Observer Based Indirect Current Detection for PM Synchronous Servo Drives . In: * eds. International Conference on Electrical Machines, ICEM '92 Manchester, UK, , 15-SEP-92 - 17-SEP-92 , pp.617-621 [Details]
(1991)Proc. Colloquium on Digital Signal Processing and Control
Moynihan J.F., Kavanagh R.C., Egan M.G., Murphy J.M.D; (1991) Indirect Phase Current Detection for Field Oriented Control of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drive . In: * eds. Proc. Colloquium on Digital Signal Processing and Control Cork, Ireland, , 12-SEP-91 - 13-SEP-91 , pp.29-37 [Details]
(1991)Euro. Power Electronics Conf. '91
Moynihan J.F., Bolognani S., Kavanagh R.C., Egan M.G., Murphy J.M.D.; (1991) Indirect Phase Current Detection for Field Oriented Control of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drive . In: * eds. Euro. Power Electronics Conf. '91 Firenze, Italy, , 03-SEP-91 - 06-SEP-91 , pp.641-646 [Details]
(1991)IEEE Intl. Ind. Electronics and Control Conf '91
Kavanagh R.C., Murphy J.M.D., Egan M.G.; (1991) Torque Ripple Minimisation in Switched Reluctance Drives using Self-Learning Techniques . In: * eds. IEEE Intl. Ind. Electronics and Control Conf '91 Kpbe, Japan, , 28-OCT-91 - 02-NOV-91 , pp.289-294 [Details]
(1991)Proc. Colloquium on Digital Signal Processing and Control
Rochford C., Kavanagh R.C., Egan M.G., Murphy J.M.D.; (1991) Development of Smooth Torque in Switched Reluctance Motors with the aid of DSPs . In: * eds. Proc. Colloquium on Digital Signal Processing and Control Cork, Ireland, , 12-SEP-91 - 13-SEP-91 , pp.38-46 [Details]
(1989)3rd European Conf. Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'89)
Kavanagh R.C., Murphy J.M.D., Egan M.G.; (1989) A High-Performance Positioning System using Improved Digital Speed Sensing . In: * eds. 3rd European Conf. Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'89) Aachen, Germany, , 09-OCT-89 - 12-OCT-89 , pp.997-1002 [Details]
(1988)IEE Intl. Conf. on IEE Power Electronics and Variable Speed Drives
Kavanagh R.C., Murphy J.M.D., Egan M.G.; (1988) Innovative Current Sensing for Brushless Dc Drives . In: * eds. IEE Intl. Conf. on IEE Power Electronics and Variable Speed Drives London, , 13-JUL-88 - 15-JUL-88 , pp.354-357 [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
IEEE, Institution of Electrical and Electrical Engineers (U.S.) Senior Member01-JAN-94 / 30-DEC-99
ASEE, American Society of Engineering Education Member01-JAN-02 / 30-DEC-99
IEI, Institution of Engineers of Ireland Chartered Engineer01-JAN-02 / 30-DEC-99

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2003)International Conference On Mechatronics (ICOM 2003),
Kavanagh R.C.; (2003) An enhanced constant sample-time digital tachometer through oversampling. [Oral Presentation], International Conference On Mechatronics (ICOM 2003), Loughborough, U.K , 18-JUN-03 - 20-JUN-03. [Details]
(2002)IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2002),
Kavanagh R.C.; (2002) Signal Processing Techniques for Improved Digital Tachometry. [Invited Oral Presentation], IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2002), L'Aquila, Italy , 08-JUL-02 - 11-JUL-02. [Details]
(2000)IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conf. (IMTC2000),
Kavanagh R.C.; (2000) Performance Analysis of M/T Type Digital Tachometers. [Oral Presentation], IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conf. (IMTC2000), Baltimore MD USA , 01-MAY-00 - 04-MAY-00. [Details]
(1999)High Resolution DEM and Sea Level Rise in the Centre of Cork City - Blue City Project,
McGrath J., O'Kane J.P., Kavanagh, R.; (1999) Proc. of the National Hydrology Seminar 2003 Urban Hydrology: Stormwater Management. [N/A], High Resolution DEM and Sea Level Rise in the Centre of Cork City - Blue City Project, Office of Public Works, Dublin , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1996)IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics,
Kavanagh, R.C.; (1996) Probabilistic Learning Technique for Improved Performance of Servosystems with Incremental Encoder Feedback. [Oral Presentation], IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Warsaw, Poland , 17-JUN-96 - 20-JUN-96. [Details]
(1994)Proceedings of the IEEE Industrial Electronics and Control Conference,
O'Donovan, G.; Roche, P. J.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1994) Neural Network Based Torque Ripple Minimisation in a Switched Reluctance Motor. [Oral Presentation], Proceedings of the IEEE Industrial Electronics and Control Conference, Bologna, Italy , 05-SEP-94 - 09-SEP-94. [Details]
(1994)Proceedings of the Universities' Power Electronic Conference 1994, Galway (14-16 September),
O'Donovan, G.; Roche, P. J.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1994) Comparative Performance Evaluation of Neural Network Learning Algorithms for Magnetic Characterisation of Switched Reluctance Drives. [Oral Presentation], Proceedings of the Universities' Power Electronic Conference 1994, Galway (14-16 September), Galway, Ireland , 14-SEP-94 - 16-SEP-94. [Details]
(1993)European Power Electronics Conference, EPE '93,
Moynihan, J. F.; Bolognani, S.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Egan, M. G.; Murphy, J. M. D.; (1993) Single Sensor Control of AC Servodrives Using Digital Signal Processors. [Oral Presentation], European Power Electronics Conference, EPE '93, Brighton, U.K , 14-SEP-93 - 19-SEP-93. [Details]
(1993)Proceedings, Third Irish Neural Networks Conference,
O'Donovan, J. G.; Roche, P. J.; Kavanagh, R. C.; Murphy, J. M. D.; Egan, M. G.; (1993) State Feedback Decoupling of Reluctance Torque in a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Using Neural Networks. [Oral Presentation], Proceedings, Third Irish Neural Networks Conference, Ireland , 01-SEP-93 - 02-SEP-93. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC Senior Lecturer01-MAR-03 / 30-DEC-99
UCC College Lecturer21-SEP-92 / 28-FEB-03
Forbairt(Enterprise Ireland) Senior Research Scientist01-OCT-00 / 20-SEP-02
UCC Project Supervisor01-OCT-90 / 30-SEP-92
SPS Laboratories Senior Project Engineer01-JAN-90 / 30-SEP-90
SPS Laboratories Project Engineer01-OCT-88 / 31-DEC-89
UCC Part-time Lecturer01-OCT-86 / 30-SEP-88
UCC Research Engineer01-OCT-85 / 30-SEP-98
Westinghouse Electric, U.S. Summer Intern16-JUN-83 / 15-SEP-83

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1984UCC Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
1985UCC Master of Engineering Science
1998UCC PhD

Teaching Activities

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Industrial Automation and Control ME6009Industrial Automation and Control
2015Robotics ME6008Robotics

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