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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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    Research Output

    Accurate FRF identification of complex systems via multivariable experiment design

    Dirkx, N. J., van de Wijdeven, J. J. M. & Oomen, T. A. E., 2020, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractProfessional

    Open Access

    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, 12 p. V001T03A003

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

  • An X-ray imaging device

    van Pinxteren, J., Vermeulen, J. P. M. B. & van Loon, R., 12 Mar 2020, IPC No. A61B 6/00, World Intellectual Property Organization, Patent No. WO2020048896, 2 Sep 2019, Priority date 7 Sep 2018, Priority No. 18193227.8

    Research output: PatentPatent publication

    Open Access
  • Equipment

  • Automotive Engineering Science Laboratory

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

    Dynamics and Control

    Facility/equipment: Research lab


    2020: DISC PhD Award for one of my PhD students (Stefan Heijmans)

    W.P.M.H. (Maurice) Heemels (Recipient), 31 Mar 2015

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

    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


    Position Paper AI in Mobiliteit en Transport

    Frank P.T. Willems (Recipient)
    8 Apr 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherProfessional

    39th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

    Prasoon Garg (Participant), Xander L.J. Seykens (Contributor), Paul Mentink (Contributor), Frank P.T. Willems (Contributor)
    12 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Optimization for Smart Mobility Systems: from F1 Racing to Urban Mobility

    Mauro R.U. Salazar Villalon (Speaker)
    20 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Press / Media

    World: Plunging solar energy prices spell bright future for clean electricity

    Auke E. Hoekstra


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Marco de Baar appointed new director NWO institute DIFFER

    Marco R. de Baar


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Why electric trucks, not hydrogen, will corner semi market and replace diesel

    Auke E. Hoekstra


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Research areas

    Automotive powertrains

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

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Control of fusion plasmas

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

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Cyber-Physical Systems and Systems Engineering

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