Curriculum Vitae

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A faculty position in the area of control systems, robotics, mechatronics, fluid power, dynamics, and vibrations.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (with Manufacturing Certificate)
Georgia Institute of Technology, December 2012
GPA: 4.00/4.00
Dissertation:  Simultaneous control of coupled actuators using singular value decomposition and semi-nonnegative matrix factorization
Advisor:  Wayne J. Book

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2009
GPA: 4.00/4.00
Thesis:  Fabric Control for Feeding into an Automated Sewing Machine
Advisor:  Wayne J. Book
Co-Advisor:  Steve Dickerson

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, B.A. Visual Arts
GPA: 3.74/4.00
Rice University, May 2007

Honors and Awards:

2013: Best Ph.D. Thesis from Sigma Xi Chapter at Georgia Tech

2012: Best Session Presentation at the American Control Conference

2011: Best Student Paper Finalist at ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC)

2009: Best Student Paper Award at IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)

2009: Highest Score on the Georgia Tech Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Fall semester)

2009: GM Manufacturing Scholar (awarded to graduate students based on academic merit and essay)

2007: Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

2007-2012: Woodruff Fellowship (awarded to top incoming graduate students)

2007-2011: Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship (awarded to top incoming graduate students)

2006: Buckley-Sartwelle Scholarship (awarded to top junior mechanical engineering students based on academic merit and essay)

2004-2007: Rice University President’s Honor Roll (based on academic GPA)

2004: Martel College Freshman of the Year Award (awarded annually to the freshman who has made the greatest positive impact at Martel residential college)



Winck, R.C. and W.J. Book, “Dimension Reduction for Higher-Order LTI Systems.” (in preperation)

Elton, M., R.C. Winck, and W.J. Book, “Command Feedback for Dynamically Slow Systems.” (in preparation)

Winck, R.C. and W.J. Book, “Dimension Reduction for First-Order LTI Subsystems.” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. (in submission)

Winck, R.C., M. Elton, and W.J. Book, “Advanced Hand Controllers for Hydraulic Machines.” Automation in Construction. (in submission)

Winck, R.C., and W.J. Book, “Dimension Reduction in a Feedback Loop using the SVD: Results on Controllability and Stability.” Automatica, vol. 49, no. 10, 2013.

Peer-reviewed Conferences:

Winck, R.C., S.M. Sketch, E.W. Hawkes, D.L. Christensen, H. Jiang, M.R. Cutkosky, and A.M. Okamura, “Time-Delayed Teleoperation for Interaction with Moving Objects in Space,” IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2014. (in submission)

Winck, R.C. and A.M. Okamura, “Model-Mediated Teleoperation with Predictive Models and Relative Tracking,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2013. (accepted)

Winck, R., and W.J. Book, “Methods for Computing the SVD Rank-one Approximation in a Feedback Loop,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), October 2012.

Winck, R., J. Kim, W.J. Book, and H. Park, “Command Generation Techniques for a Pin Array using the SVD and SNMF,” International IFAC Symposium on Robot Control (SYROCO), September 2012.

Cazenave, T., R. Winck, E. Feron, W. Book, “Control Technique for Network Throughput Maximization of Over Actuated Systems,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (GNC), August 2012.

Winck, R., W.J. Book, “A Control Loop Structure Based on Semi-Nonnegative Matrix Factorization for Input-Coupled Systems,” IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), June 2012. *Best Session Presentation

Winck, R., W.J. Book, “A Control Loop Structure Based on Singular Value Decomposition for Input-Coupled Systems,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), October 2011. *Best Student Paper Finalist

Book, W.J., R. Winck, J. Huggins, S. Dickerson, S. Jayaraman, T. Collins, R. Prado, “Automated Garment Manufacturing System using Novel Sensing and Actuation,” 2010 International Symposium on Flexible Automation (ISFA), July 2010.

Winck, R., C. Ngoo, K. Marek, “Active Anti-lock Brake System for Low Powered Vehicles Using Cable-Type Brakes,” SAE World Congress, April 2010.

Winck, R., S. Dickerson, W. Book, J. Huggins, “A Novel Approach to Fabric Control for Automated Sewing,” IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), July 2009. *Best Student Paper Award

Howison, W., R. Winck, C. Phillips, N. Xiao, N. Kishan, J. Araujo, S. Kreml, and M. O’Malley, “Haptic Grippers for Surgical Teleoperation Research,” 24th Annual Conference on Biomedical Engineering Research, February 8-9, 2007.


Howison, W. and R. Winck. “Haptic Device Grippers for Surgical Teleoperation,” US-2009-0287351, published 19 November, 2009.

Invited Presentations:

“Robotics and the Future of Manufacturing,” DARPA Workshop on Future Technologies for Military Garment Manufacturing. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, July 31, 2012.

“Model Mediated Teleoperation of Robots in Space,” Stanford Robotics Seminar. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 5, 2013.


1/2013-present: Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University
Designing, prototyping, and evaluating a human-machine interface for bilateral teleoperation of a robotic manipulator in the presence of time delays of seconds using model-mediated teleoperation for satellite servicing.

8/2007-12/2012: Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology
Control of large sets of subsystems with a limited number of control inputs with specific application to a large array of hydraulic cylinders for a haptic human-computer interface.  Design and evaluate human-machine interfaces for excavators.  Fabric control for automated sewing.

3/2010-7/2010: Consultant, Softwear Automation
Created prototype of automated sewing machine and provided assistance to overall design of automated garment manufacturing system.

8/2009-5/2010: Rockwell Automation Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
Designed, built, wrote, and taught labs for ME 4012 Motion Systems class. Lab topics included: servo motor control and trajectory planning, system identification, and state space control using hydraulic systems.

5/2006-8/2006: NSF REU Fellow, Rice University
Programmed state machine architecture for haptic rehabilitation robot.

1/2006-5/2006: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Rice University
Modified the mechanical and electrical designs of a five degree-of-freedom forearm/wrist haptic device for integration with an existing robotic shoulder/elbow rehabilitation tool.

5/2005-8/2005: Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, Oak Ridge National Lab
Designed parts to be used in remote handling equipment at the Spallation Neutron Source.  Surveyed man-machine interfaces of construction machinery for rapid remote construction research.

8/2004-12/2004: Teaching Assistant, Rice University
Taught the welding half of the Industrial Process Lab, ME 340.

Selected Courses:

Linear Control Systems, Digital Control Systems, Intelligence Controls, Nonlinear Control Systems, Optimal Control*, Robust Control I*, Robust Control II*, Robotics, Machine Vision, Intro to Mechatronics, Advanced Mechatronics, Dynamics-Mechanical Systems,  Vibrations, Modeling and Simulation Design, and Linear Algebra.

Fundamentals of Control Systems, Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems, Design of Mechatronic Systems, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Design Applications, Computer-Aided Design, and Probability and Statistics.

Skills and Competencies:

Hands on expertise in the design and fabrication of electronic and fluid power robotic systems.

Computer:  Matlab, Simulink, LabView, Mathematica, C, microcontrollers, Rockwell Automation PLC, Dymola/Modelica, Pro Engineer, Solidworks, and Microsoft Office.

Other:  Arc, gas, and mig welding, metal machining, and building/testing electric circuits.

Conference Proceedings Reviewer:

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)

Professional Societies:

Member, Sigma Xi
Member, IEEE
Member, ASME