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Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The mission of the CST group is to develop new methods and tools in the area of Systems Theory, Control Engineering and Mechatronics. The research focuses on understanding the fundamental system properties that determine the performance of mechanical engineering systems, and exploiting this knowledge for the design of the high-tech systems of the future.

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We want an internationally leading role in research, combined with inspiring education, valorisation through spin-off companies, and direct co-operation with industry.

Organisational profile

Our overall research strategy is focused on performance-driven design and control. The performance of a controlled system is defined as the extent to which the actual behaviour of the system matches the intended behaviour, while being subject to disturbances acting on the system and variations in system dynamics. Performance requirements can be related, for instance, to the accurate tracking of a set-point (motion) or to the energy utilisation (hybrid vehicles). Fundamental properties that determine and possibly limit performance can be found in both external sources (disturbances acting on the system) and internal sources (system properties, controller properties, quality of sensors and actuators etc.). Only by an integrated design of both the mechatronic (hardware) system and the (software) controller the highest performance requirements can be achieved. 

The engineering question underlying the design problem of high-performance systems is how to find the best combination of controller and system realisation such that the performance requirements are achieved for all prescribed situations (disturbances and system variations).  

The scientific question is how to exploit (model-based) insights into the fundamental properties of the system for systematic analysis and design, leading to a significant increase in the achievable performance. It is clear that the engineering question has a strong interrelationship with the scientific question, in which the former has the role of validation and inspiration for new directions of research.

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Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
Networked control systems Engineering & Materials Science
Actuators Engineering & Materials Science
Robots Engineering & Materials Science
Motion control Engineering & Materials Science
Linear systems Engineering & Materials Science
Identification (control systems) Engineering & Materials Science
Feedback Engineering & Materials Science

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Photo of Rick Baade

Rick Baade

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

Photo of Marco R. Baar de

Marco R. de Baar

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Research Output 1966 2020

A comparison of low-load efficiency optimization on a heavy-duty engine operated with gasoline-diesel RCCI and CDC

Willems, R. C., Deen, N. G., Willems, F. P. T. & Somers, L. M. T., 1 Jan 2020, ASME 2019 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference, ICEF 2019. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 12 p. V001T03A003

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Nitrogen oxides
Engine cylinders
1 Citation (Scopus)
40 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Motion control
Feedforward control
6 Downloads (Pure)

Consistent event-triggered control for discrete-time linear systems with partial state information

Antunes, D. J. & Balaghi I, M. H., 2020, In : IEEE Control Systems Letters. 4, 1, p. 181-186 6 p., 8734856.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Discrete-time Linear Systems
Linear systems
Control Strategy



Automotive Engineering Science Laboratory

E. Meinders (Manager) & Sjoerd C.M. Knippenberg (Manager)

Dynamics and Control

Facility/equipment: Research lab


3E-Royal SMIT- De Kuyper Award

Elena Mocanu (Recipient), 2016

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

ASML-award for the best fundamental Ph.D. thesis @ TU/e

W.P.M.H. (Maurice) Heemels (Recipient), 2000

Prize: TU/eOtherScientific

Automatica Outstanding Service Award (IFAC)

W.P.M.H. (Maurice) Heemels (Recipient), 2014

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1992 2020

ICT with Industry

Michel A. Reniers (Member of programme committee)
20 Jan 202024 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

The self-learning powertrain: towards smart and green transport

Frank P.T. Willems (Speaker)
19 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

The self-learning powertrain: towards smart and green transport

Frank P.T. Willems (Speaker)
31 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Press / Media

‘New paradigm’ in UV curing named to RadLaunch class of 2020

Thomas Hafkamp


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

RadLaunch Announces Start-Up Technology Accelerator Class of 2020

Thomas Hafkamp


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Research areas

Automotive powertrains

Thomas Hafkamp (Content manager), Sjoerd C.M. Knippenberg (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Control of fusion plasmas

Thomas Hafkamp (Content manager), Sjoerd C.M. Knippenberg (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Cyber-Physical Systems and Systems Engineering

Thomas Hafkamp (Content manager), Sjoerd C.M. Knippenberg (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

A control-oriented model for breakdown and burn-through in TCV and its application

Author: Ravensbergen, T., 26 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Felici, F. (Supervisor 1), Reimerdes, H. (External person) (External coach), Sinha, J. (External person) (External coach) & de Baar, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A generalized model for the simulation of tomato crop yield

Author: Kuijpers, W., 29 Jun 2016

Supervisor: van de Molengraft, M. (Supervisor 1) & Mourik, van, S. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

A mechatronic force feedback device

Author: Weel, N., Aug 2007

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Serrarens, A. (External coach) & Damen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master