Aerospace & Mechanical

Seminar Announcement

Hyperloop One—Be Anywhere, Move Anything, Connect Everyone

George O'Neal

Director of Controls
Shibing Liu

Controls and Dynamics Engineer

Hyperloop One
Los Angeles, CA

As the next mode of transport, Hyperloop is a new way to move people and cargo quickly, safely, efficiently, on-demand and with minimal impact to the environment. Hyperloop One is the Los Angeles company that aims to build the first deployable Hyperloop system by 2020. The Propulsion Open Air Test (POAT), which was successfully demonstrated in 2016, showed that we are more than just theories and artist renditions. We make real and functional hardware. Our “Kitty Hawk” moment, full size and full speed test track, will start in the first quarter of 2017. After which, years of testing will be continued to deliver a safe and efficient Hyperloop system to move cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021. Hyperloop will fundamentally change the barriers of distance and time. In this talk, we will introduce the cutting-edge technologies under development of Hyperloop One, including electromagnetic propulsion systems, structural tubes, pods, electromagnetic levitation system, and system modeling and analysis.

George O’Neal was the founding member of Hyperloop One’s propulsion and electronics division and its current Director of Controls. He spearheaded the effort to design and test Hyperloop One’s state-of-the-art propulsion system at its Nevada test site. He is focused now on building the embedded electronics and controls that will enable the autonomous operation of the Hyperloop One transportation system. This includes autonomous vehicle protection and operation, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-ground communication, model based preventive maintenance as well as the integration of these core systems to the supervisory services.

For nearly 20 years Dr. O’Neal has developed complex electromechanical control systems across a variety of high-tech industries, obtaining extensive experience in embedded controls, vehicle dynamics, modeling, simulation, spacecraft guidance & navigation, and robotics. Dr. O'Neal holds several patents and has co-authored multiple award-winning journal publications. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering: Systems and Control and received the prestigious William Mirsky Memorial Award for Outstanding Research as well as a NSF graduate research fellowship.

Shibing Liu is a Controls and Dynamics Engineer at the Hyperloop One. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Southern Polytechnic State University and Mechanical Engineering from the North China University of Technology, and his MS and PhD is Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), where his thesis work was associated with modeling, analysis and experimental validation of flexible rotor systems with water-lubricated rubber bearings. His research interests are dynamics and control, vibrations, rotordynamics, structural health monitoring, and optimization of mechanical systems. His current duties at the Hyperloop One include development of route analysis tools, system optimization, and system dynamics.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
3:30 PM
Seaver Science Library, Room 150 (SSL 150)

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 pm.