William R. Hamel

Professor and Head - Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department

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William R. Hamel is a professor and head of the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in systems and controls, robotics, and engineering design.  Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, he worked for 31 years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he performed research and development in the general areas of robotics, automation, and remote systems for hazardous nuclear, space, and military applications. He has served on numerous panels and advisory groups, and was a member of the Army Science Board from 1989 through 1995. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the ASME.  He has held several vice president and other leadership roles in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Focus Areas: Medical Robotics | Robotic Fluoroscopy | Bio-Sensing | Nano Bio Systems | Mechatronics | Robotics, Manufacturing, and Automation

Skills and Expertise: Robotic/Mechatronic Systems Design and Control | Micro/Nano Robotics| Biologically-Inspired Engineering |Systems Engineering and Project Management

Selected Publications:

Grand Challenges in Bioengineered Nanorobotics for Cancer Therapy
S.C. Lenaghan, Y. Wang, N. Xi, T. Fukuda, T. Tarn, W.R. Hamel, and M. Zhang, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering , vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 667-673, 2013.
Nonlinear Control of Micro/Nano Devices and Systems
J. Yang, X. Li, W. Hamel, M.Q.-H. Meng, and M. Zhang, Modeling and Control for Micro/Nano Devices and Systems, Taylor Publisher, 2013.
Adaptive Immune System TH1/TH2 Differentiation Mechanism Inspired Perimeter Patrol Control Strategy
R. Yang, S. Bewick, M. Zhang, and W. Hamel, IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 407-415, 2011.
Passive versus Aggressive Strategies: Inspiration from a Game Theoretic Analysis of Military and Immune Defense
S. Bewick, M. Zhang, and W. Hamel, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part A: Systems and Humans , vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 583-588, 2011.
Passive vs. Aggressive Strategies: A Game Theoretic Analysis of Military Defense
S. Bewick, R. Yang, M. Zhang, and W. Hamel, St. Louis, MO, USA. Proceedings of the 2009 IEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009.
Adaptive Immune System Inspired Perimeter Patrol Control Strategy
R. Yang, S. Bewick, M. Zhang, W. Hamel, and T.J Tarn, St. Louis, MO, USA. Proceedings of the 2009 IEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009.
Game Theoretical Formulation of the Immune System and Inspiration for Controlled Drug Delivery Application
S. Bewick, M. Zhang, and W.R. Hamel, Nanomedicine: A Systems Engineering Approach, Pan Sanford Publishing, pp. 301-334, 2009.
Fundamental Mathematical Modeling Techniques for Nano Bio-systems
S. Bewick, M. Zhang, and W.R. Hamel, Nanomedicine: A Systems Engineering Approach, Pan Sanford Publishing, pp. 39-80, 2009.
A Bio-Robotics Approach to Real-Time Skeletal Joint Fluoroscopy during Natural Movements
A. Nycz, M.A. Young, and W.R. Hamel, 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3376-3381, 2011.
Active Tracking Control between a Bio Robot and a Human Subject,” Intelligent Robots and Systems
A. Nycz and W.R. Hamel, IROS'09 Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems , pp. 2569-2574, 2009.