Center for Automation Research


The Center for Automation Research or CAR is a research arm of the DLSU College of Computer Studies, Department of Computer Technology. It is focused on research outcomes related to optimize productivity of processes, products, and services—with the use of control systems, machines, and information technologies—and to enable technologies for information generation, transformation, extraction, and interpretation.

II. Vision

Signal Processing and Automation researches emphasize high productivity, quality, and reliability of systems that operate autonomously over extended periods of time. The ultimate vision of CAR, therefore, is to be the leading research center in modernization, innovation, education, and applied and fundamental research in signal processing and automation engineering and technology having applications of significant national interest.

III. People

  • Jocelynn W. Cu (Ph.D. CS Candidate, De La Salle University)
  • Macario O. Cordel II (M.Sc. EE, University of the Philippines – Diliman)
  • Christian D. Echavez (M.Sc. IT, De La Salle University)
  • Emmanuel A. Gonzalez (Ph.D. ECE, De La Salle University)
  • Joel P. Ilao (Ph.D. EEE, University of the Philippines – Diliman)
  • Francis P. Lai (M.Sc. CS Candidate, De La Salle University)
  • Clement Y. Ong (M. Eng'g, University of Southern Queensland)
  • Ana Marian M. Pedro (M.Sc. CS candidate, De La Salle University)

IV. Scope

The research scope of CAR has 39 subject areas:

  1. Aerial Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Unmanned Submersible Vehicles
  2. Agricultural Information Processing and Automation
  3. Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion
  4. Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing
  5. Automation in Logistics and other Industrial Processes
  6. Autonomous Ground Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
  7. Bio Imaging and Signal Processing
  8. Biological Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation Systems
  9. Computer & Robot Vision Systems
  10. Control System Technologies
  11. Decision Support Systems
  12. Design and Implementation of Signal Processing and Automation Systems
  13. DSP and Automation Technologies
  14. Energy, Environment, Health & Safety with Robotics and Automation
  15. Human-Robot Interaction & Coordination
  16. Humanoid Robotics
  17. Information Forensics and Security
  18. Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing
  19. Machine Learning for Signal Processing and Automation
  20. Manufacturing Automation
  21. Marine Robotics and Automation
  22. Multimedia Signal Processing
  23. Model-Based Optimization for Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation Applications
  24. Networked Agents and Automation Systems
  25. Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation Systems
  26. Policy Design and Evaluation through Modeling and Control
  27. Rehabilitation & Assistive Robotics and Automation Systems
  28. Risk Assessment, Reduction and Management Systems
  29. Robot Learning
  30. Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation Education
  31. Robotics and Automation in Industrial Facilities
  32. Safety Security Automation and Rescue Robotics
  33. Sensor Arrays and Multichannels
  34. Service Robotics and Automation Systems
  35. Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
  36. Smart Buildings
  37. Software Engineering for Robotics and Automation
  38. Speech and Language Processing
  39. Sustainable Production Automation

V. Current Research Programs

At present, CAR has five (5) research programs relevant to national development:

Current Research Programs
Research Program (Scope) Principal Investigators Projects
(1) Aerial Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Unmanned Submersible Vehicles Clement Ong

Ana Marian Pedro
Development of autonomous robotic systems for exploration and surveillance purposes
(2) Agricultural Information Processing and Automation Francis Lai

Clement Ong

Emmanuel Gonzalez
The use of sensor-fusion approaches to improve the growth of certain plants with cancer-fighting properties
Joel Ilao Design of sugar cane maturity assessment systems
(14) Energy, Environment, Health & Safety with Robotics and Automation Macario Cordel II

Joel Ilao
The use of signal processing technologies to develop an electronic stethoscope to help identify pulmonary pathologies through a decision support system.
(28) Risk Assessment, Reduction and Management Systems Macario Cordel II

Christian Echavez

Jesus Gonzalez

Emmanuel Gonzalez
The Adarna Project: Design of a semi-autonomous helicopter system for aerial surveying, to be used for pre- and post-disaster response coordination.
(38) Speech and Language Processing Macario Cordel II

Jocelynn Cu

Joel Ilao
The development and use of language processing algorithms in detecting speech mispronunciations.

VI. Development Plan

The CAR, with its vision of leading researches in the modernization, innovation, education, and applied and fundamental research in automation engineering and technology having applications of significant national interest, is looking into a five-year program with the following objectives with corresponding timelines:

Years 1 and 2: Competency Development and Phase 1 of Research Projects
Faculty Development Exploration and linkages between CT faculty and other academic, government, and industrial institutions to develop core competencies both on the technical aspects of the researches, and on journal and conference paper writing skills.
Laboratory Development Acquisition of laboratory tools and equipment to support Phase 1.
Unmanned Submersible Vehicle Project Design of an autonomous USV with telemetry capabilities.
Conceptual modeling and simulation of a group of cooperative agents for 2D surveillance applications.
Agricultural Project Networked remote sensing of agricultural crops. (Sugar cane maturity assessment)
Electronic Stethoscope Project Signal processing algorithms for the identification of pulmonary pathologies.
Adarna Project Stabilization of a gasoline-powered RC helicopter.
Video and image stabilization algorithms for an RC helicopter.
Years 1 and 2: Competency Development and Phase 1 of Research Projects
Faculty Development Further exploration and linkages between CT faculty and other academic, government, and industrial institutions to develop subject-matter expertise both on the technical aspects of the researches, and on journal and conference paper writing skills.
Laboratory Development Acquisition of laboratory tools and equipment to support Phase 2.
Unmanned Submersible Vehicle Project Cooperative control of USVs with networked telemetry capabilities.
Conceptual modeling and simulation of a group of cooperative agents for 3D surveillance applications.
Agricultural Project Design of a complete remote sensing, monitoring and decision support systems for agricultural crops having a specific set of properties.
Electronic Stethoscope Project Design of a complete decision support system for the identification of pulmonary pathologies with signal processing algorithms.
Adarna Project Optimal and robust control of a gasoline-powered RC helicopter.
Application of fractional-order control technologies in the robust stabilization of an RC helicopter.

Contact Information

Prof. Clement Y. Ong
College of Computer Studies
De La Salle University
email: clem.ong@delasalle.ph
Telefax: +632-526-4247