Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Master’s thesis topics, full-time studies, thesis submission deadline 30.09.2024

1. Implementation of Non-linear Control Law in PLC Controller for an Industrial Process: A Case Study in Automatic Controlthesis supervisor: Sławomir Romaniuk, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: theoretical/experimental

This master thesis aims to explore the practical implementation of non-linear control laws in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems for industrial processes. The study focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of a non-linear control algorithm tailored for a specific industrial application. The research involves the integration of advanced control strategies into a PLC environment to enhance the performance of a complex system.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Literature review.
  2. System identification and modeling.
  3. Non-linear control law design.
  4. PLC programming and implementation.
  5. Experimental validation.
  6. Performance evaluation.
  7. Conclusion.

keywords: PLC controller, non-linear control, closed loop, industrial process

funding: not required.

2. PLC simulation of digital factory production line including metal sheets conveyors and laser stations with HMI SCADA system (topic taken)thesis supervisor: Arkadiusz Mystkowski, BEng, MSc, PhD, DSc, Assoc. Prof.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: simulation

In this thesis, the production line includes metal sheets conveyors and laser stations is modeled using IO Factory software. The factory line is controlled using PLCSIM, and TIA portal is the main software to make a control logic. The HMI process visualization will be designed using an operator panel and HMI simulator.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Digital factory control and simulation literature review.
  2. Design of metal sheets conveyors and laser stations of SaMasz factory production line using IO Factory.
  3. PLC control logic programming in TIA portal.
  4. HMI configuration and screen designs in operator panel.
  5. PLC and HMI simulation.
  6. Results and discussion.

keywords: IO Factory, conveyors and laser stations, PLCSIM, simulation, HMI, SCADA

funding: not required.

3. PLC simulation of digital factory transport line including raw parts store and conveyors stations with HMI SCADA system (topic taken)thesis supervisor: Arkadiusz Mystkowski, BEng, MSc, PhD, DSc, Assoc. Prof.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: simulation

In this thesis, the production line including raw parts store and conveyors stations is modeled using IO Factory software. The factory line is controlled using PLCSIM, and TIA portal is the main software to make a control logic. The HMI process visualization will be designed using an operator panel and HMI simulator.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Digital factory control and simulation literature review.
  2. Design of raw parts store and conveyors of SaMasz factory production line using IO Factory.
  3. PLC control logic programming in TIA portal.
  4. HMI configuration and screen designs in operator panel.
  5. PLC and HMI simulation.
  6. Results and discussion.

keywords: IO Factory, parts store and conveyors stations, PLCSIM, simulation, HMI, SCADA

funding: not required.

4. PLC simulation of digital factory production line with HMI SCADA system (topic taken)thesis supervisor: Arkadiusz Mystkowski, BEng, MSc, PhD, DSc, Assoc. Prof.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: simulation

In this thesis, the production line is modeled using IO Factory software. The factory line is controlled using PLCSIM, and TIA portal is the main software to make a control logic. The HMI process visualization will be designed using an operator panel and HMI simulator.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Digital factory control and simulation literature review.
  2. Design of factory production line using IO Factory.
  3. PLC control logic programming in TIA portal.
  4. HMI configuration and screen designs in operator panel.
  5. PLC and HMI simulation.
  6. Results and discussion.

keywords: IO Factory, production line, PLCSIM, simulation, HMI, SCADA

funding: not required.

5. Analysis of the communication stack in terms of the possibility of using it in an Internet of Things system in devices with limited resourcesthesis supervisor: Wojciech Wojtkowski, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis:

The work should include the design and implementation of a model enabling testing of application layer protocols as well as the entire communication stack used in Internet of Things systems. The built model should be subjected to laboratory tests, and in particular, an analysis of the hardware requirements (RAM memory, program memory, computing power, energy consumption) for selected communication algorithms in the IoT system. The investigation should be carried out in terms of the possibility of using a particular protocol in devices with limited resources.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Introduction (types and specification of application layer protocols for IoT, Internet communication stack, TCP/IP).
  2. Design and implementation of control and measurement nodes with hardware limitations, working with selected IoT protocols.
  3. Writing and configuring the necessary software for the built system.
  4. Laboratory tests of the system, analysis of the communication stack in terms of possible use in devices with limited resources.
  5. Summary and conclusions.

keywords: IoT, communication stack, communication protocol, application layer

funding: not required.

6. Review and comparison of digital PWM signal generation methodsthesis supervisor: Wojciech Wojtkowski, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis:

The work should review various methods of digital generation of PWM signals. The described methods should be tested in an FPGA system. The hardware and parametric limitations of the tested generation methods should be determined.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Introduction.
  2. Review and comparison of digital PWM signal generation methods.
  3. Laboratory tests.
  4. Analysis of the results. Determining the hardware and parametric limitations.
  5. Summary and conclusions.

keywords: FPGA, PWM, DPWM, digital signal generation

funding: not required.

7. Overview and comparison of the application layer protocols for the Internet of Thingsthesis supervisor: Wojciech Wojtkowski, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis:

The work should include the design and implementation of a model enabling testing of application layer protocols used in Internet of Things systems. The built model should be subjected to laboratory tests, and in particular, an analysis of the hardware requirements (RAM memory, program memory, computing power, energy consumption) for selected communication algorithms in the IoT system should be carried out.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Introduction (types and specification of application layer protocols for IoT, Internet communication stack).
  2. Design and implementation of control and measurement nodes, working with selected IoT protocols.
  3. System software development and configuration.
  4. Laboratory tests of the system, analysis of its capabilities.
  5. Summary and conclusions.

keywords: IoT, communication stack, communication protocol, application layer

funding: not required.

8. Study of the influence of the length of the Dynamic Matrix Control controller’s prediction horizon on the quality of regulation (topic taken)thesis supervisor: Adam Kotowski, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: simulation

The aim of the work is to determine the dependence of changes in the quality of control on the length of the prediction horizon in a control system with a DMC predictive controller.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Introduction.
  2. DMC controller theory.
  3. Controlled proces.
  4. Influence of the length of the DMC controller’s prediction horizon on the quality of regulation.
  5. Conclusions.

keywords: predictive control, prediction horizon length, DMC controller

funding: not required.

9. Design and research of a dedicated interface for mounting surgical instruments of the Da Vinci surgical robot system by Intuitive Surgical to the UR5e industrial robot by Universal Robotsthesis supervisor: Roman Trochimczuk, PhD, Eng.
major: Automatic Control and Robotics
kind of thesis: design/simulation/experimental

The thesis aims at the practical implementation of a Da Vinci system surgical instrument assembly interface for the UR5e industrial cobot. As part of the testing of the system, a practical tool control strategy will be developed using this interface for a selected example procedure.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Literature review of applied solutions for surgical end-effectors of the Da Vinci system and how they interface with the surgical robot.
  2. Development of design guidelines for the author’s UR5e robot interface to Da Vinci system surgical instruments.
  3. Practical implementation of the prototype interface according to the design.
  4. Development of control strategy for the Da Vinci surgical system tool from the point of view of the industrial cobot.
  5. Test the completed design and assumed control strategies on the Universal Robots UR5e industrial robot arm in a selected procedure using Da Vinci surgical instruments.
  6. Documentation of the author’s technical design in a CAD environment in the form of manufacturing and assembly drawings.
  7. Discussion of results and conclusions.

keywords: industrial robot, surgical robot, interface, robot control, end-effector

funding: 500 PLN, funds of the Faculty.

10. Analysis of safety and electromagnetic compatibility issues in telecommunications facilitiesthesis supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Renata Markowska, DsC, PhD, Eng.
major: Electronics and Telecommunications
kind of thesis: theoretical/design

The aim of the work is to analyze the standardization, legal and technical issues and to develop recommendations in the field of safety and electromagnetic compatibility in telecommunications facilities. The main element of the work will be the analysis of the requirements resulting from legal acts and recommendations of standards, in particular ITU-T standards, in the aspect of electromagnetic phenomena affecting the broadly understood operational safety of telecommunications systems, including human safety, undisturbed operation of telecommunications systems, information confidentiality and reliability of service provision. Theoretical analysis will be complemented by the design of selected measures to ensure safety and electromagnetic compatibility in a telecommunications facility.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Presentation of electromagnetic phenomena affecting the operational safety of electrical and electronic systems in telecommunications facilities.
  2. Literature review and analysis of legal requirements, normative recommendations and technical solutions ensuring safety and undisturbed operation of telecommunications systems in telecommunications facilities.
  3. Design of selected technical measures to ensure safety and electromagnetic compatibility in a telecommunications facility.
  4. Development of recommendations regarding safety and electromagnetic compatibility in a telecommunications facility.
  5. Final conclusions.

keywords: electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic couplings, operational safety, telecommunications systems, telecommunications facilities

funding: not required.

11. Analysis of the use of OFDMA technique for improving performance of multi-user wireless network transmission (topic taken)thesis supervisor: Andrzej Zankiewicz, PhD, Eng.
major: Electronics and Telecommunications
kind of thesis: theoretical/simulation

The aim of the diploma thesis is to perform simulation analyzes and visualizations of the operation of a radio multiple access system based on user multiplexing using the OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) technique. The diploma thesis should include a detailed description of the mathematical foundations of OFDM multiplexing and OFDMA multiple access techniques, preparation of an environment for simulation research and graphical demonstration of the operation of the OFDMA technique, performance of own analyzes of OFDMA operation in a prepared environment for specific cases of the communication system structure, discussion of the obtained results and summary with conclusions.

Scope of thesis:

  1. Discussion of the mathematical basis of OFDM and OFDMA multiplexing.
  2. Preparation of an environment for simulation tests and graphical demonstration of the OFDMA technique.
  3. Implementation of OFDMA system models in a prepared environment for selected cases of the structure of communication system.
  4. Carrying out simulation tests based on the created models.
  5. Analysis and discussion of the obtained results.
  6. Summary and conclusions.

keywords: OFDMA, OFDMA simulation, multiple radio access, orthogonal frequencies

funding: not required.

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