Ex parte SHOURESHI - Page 3

                 Appeal No.  1997-1573                                                                                                                  
                 Application No.  08/276,551                                                                                                            

                          1.  An active vibration control system for controlling                                                                        
                          vibrations at a structure resulting from at least one                                                                         
                                   excitation force acting upon the structure,                                                                          
                                   at least one actuator located at the structure for                                                                   
                                   imparting a reaction force to the structure;                                                                         
                                   at least one sensor located away from said actuator,                                                                 
                                   said at least one sensor producing a sensor output;                                                                  
                                   a controller connected between said at least one                                                                     
                 sensor                     and said at least one actuator, said controller                                                             
                                            a system identifier for receiving said sensor                                                               
                                            output from said at least one sensor and                                                                    
                 deriving                                     a relationship between said sensor                                                        
                 output and said                                       reaction force imparted to the                                                   
                 structure by said                                     at least one actuator; and                                                       
                                            an optimal controller connected to said system                                                              
                                            identifier to receive said relationship and for                                                             
                                            developing control driving signals from said                                                                
                                            relationship for driving said at least one                                                                  
                                   said system identifier including a Hopfield based                                                                    
                                   neural network for learning the dynamics of the                                                                      
                                            structure represented in a state space form and                                                             
                 for                        providing output signals that follow state                                                                  
                 variables of                        the structure.                                                                                     
                          The Examiner relies on the following prior art :                                   2                                          
                 Bozich et al. (Bozich)                       5,386,689                                    Feb. 07, 1995                                
                                                                                         (Filed Oct. 13, 1992)                                                             
                          Claims 1, 2, 4, 7 through 9, 15, and 16 stand finally                                                                         

                          2The Examiner has additionally relied on admissions of                                                                        
                 the prior art at page 23 of Appellant’s specification.                                                                                 

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