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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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Rick Baade

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Research Output 1966 2019

A concept for accurate edge-coupled multi-fiber photonic interconnects

van Gastel, M. H. M., Rosielle, P. C. J. N. & Steinbuch, M., 17 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Lightwave Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Beyond decentralized wafer/reticle stage control design: A double-Youla approach for enhancing synchronized motion

Evers, E., van de Wal, M. & Oomen, T., Feb 2019, In : Control Engineering Practice. 83, p. 21-32

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Control Design
Open Access
Feedback control
Frequency response



Robotics Laboratory

H.C.T. van de Loo (Manager)

Control Systems Technology

Facility/equipment: Research lab


3E-Royal SMIT- De Kuyper Award

Elena Mocanu (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Best Pitch Award at PhD Business School 2017

Rolf Gaasbeek (Recipient), 25 May 2017

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

business school

Best Poster Award

Rolf Gaasbeek (Recipient), 31 Oct 2014

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

Activities 1992 2018

Control Engineering Practice (Journal)

Frank P.T. Willems (Editorial board member)
Oct 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Adaptive and Sparse Neural Networks

Elena Mocanu (Speaker)
24 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Self-learning engines:from on-line optimization towards flex fuel engines

Frank P.T. Willems (Speaker)
6 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional


Press / Media

UMCG Ambulancezorg wint Koploperprijs duurzaam ondernemen

Auke Hoekstra


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Studium Generale: Nuclear fusion: pushing the boundary 19:30 - 21:00

Marco de Baar


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Research areas

Automotive powertrains

Thomas Hafkamp (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Control of fusion plasmas

Thomas Hafkamp (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Cyber-Physical Systems and Systems Engineering

Thomas Hafkamp (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

An extended Duhem model for Shape Memory Alloy actuators

Author: Roijackers, R. & Gaasbeek, R., 2017

Supervisor: Gaasbeek, R. (Supervisor 1) & de Jager, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master