Advice for Researchers 2009 NSF REU MAS-Net Based from findings in Dr. Dennis Bernstein’s student guides and lessons learned from Leslie C. Mounteer Jr. Leslie C. Mounteer Jr. 2009 – 07 - 15. Advice for Researchers. Do Quality Research Paper Writing Note Making
Leslie C. Mounteer Jr.
2009 – 07 - 15
July 15, 2009
All points were taken from advice-dennis.rar from Dr. Chen
Clearly state the contribution of your paper. Show unequivocal improvement over prior work.
Write concisely and clearly. Cite prior work accurately and appropriately. Keep revising your paper…”
July 14, 2009 Advice Meeting
 Bernstein, D.S., "Setting up and running a control research laboratory," Control Systems Magazine, IEEE , vol.23, no.5, pp. 14-19, Oct. 2003URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=1234647&isnumber=27678
Bernstein, Dennis S.“Professor Bernstein's Advice on Getting Your Paper Published,” 1997 URL: http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/people/faculty/bernstein/guide/getting_published.pdf
 Bernstein, D.S., "Peer review," Control Systems Magazine, IEEE , vol.20, no.3, pp. 8-11, Jun 2000URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=845033&isnumber=18317
MAS-net REU 2009
BYO (Build-Your-Own) experiments have the distinct advantage of forcing you to become familiar with the physics of the process, and this familiarity can provide insights into controller design and control theory. BYO also forces you to understand the restrictions and reality of engineering hardware in terms of sensors (resolution, bandwidth, linearity, drift, repeatability) and actuators (stroke, low signal bandwidth, high signal bandwidth, authority, linearity, hysteresis). –Setting Up and Running a Control Research Lab.
Doing your own work is not only ETHICAL…it is also the best way to learn something.
Control experiments allow one to practice the “outer-loop” of control design, namely, the specification, design, and implementation of sensors and actuators.
Control research without experiments is like music without sound.
The design of a control experiment must begin with an explicit control system objective.
You should always keep the end goal in mind.
by Levi Rock
REU Week 6 Advice Meeting
July 15, 2009
Feedback is pervasive
Block Diagrams are not Circuit diagrams
Determine the equilibrium points and linearize
Check Stability first
Stable systems have a frequency response
Remember the loop transfer function
After stability performance is everything
Perfect performance is asymptotically possible
“ In general, the best way to find good research problems is to do research. By doing research you will find that each advance leads to new ideas and new problems. of course this advice assumes you already have a good starting point.”
examples to substantiate that opinion. If the reviewer judges the contents of a manuscript to be
insignificant, then s/he is obligated to demonstrate why that is the case. A review that says nothing
more than “not interesting" or “not surprising" is a non-review; it has no validity and should be
discarded without being transmitted to the authors. Reviews that fail to provide an objective basis
for their evaluation have no merit and can have no bearing on a publication decision.
Binary information. Some information is of the yes/no type, whereas other information is a matter of degree. This distinction is digital (binary) versus analog. Example: “The toaster is on. When the toaster is on, the coils are hotter than boiling water.” Do not say “relative” or “advantage” without saying relative to what or advantage over what.
Even after you submit your paper, continue to revise and improve it. If any new
information, results, or ideas come to light, include them in the paper. In that way you will be ready to revise the paper quickly once you receive the reviews. However, if significant extensions are achieved, then this should lead to another paper without expanding the scope of the first paper.