• 188 Citations
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


“Advanced control technology, including motion control, could very well prove to be an enabler for future scientific discoveries.”

“Whatever happens inside the unit disc stays inside the unit disc…”

Research profile

Gert Witvoet is a part-time Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests focus around motion control for scientific applications, motivated by his activities in space, astronomy and big science projects at TNO. Gert is also the responsible teacher for the course Control Engineering, covering classical control theory, from frequency response measurements, to feedback control design and feedforward control. He is also involved in the industrial Motion Control Tuning course from the Mechatronics Academy.

Academic background

Gert received his MSc degree (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from TU/e in 2007 and was awarded the ‘Unilever Research Prijs 2007’. In 2011, he received his PhD from TU/e for his work entitled “Feedback control and injection locking of the sawtooth oscillation in fusion plasmas”, on the synergy between nuclear fusion and control technology in general, and the possibilities of control for sawtooth instability (observed in fusion reactors worldwide). This project was carried out together with FOM Rijnhuizen (now: DIFFER), with support from TNO Science and Industry, Delft, and FOM Rijnhuizen. He was awarded the Best Junior Presentation (BJP) Award at the 27th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control (2008).

In addition to his work at TU/e, Gert has worked at TNO Technical Sciences as a control specialist in the Optomechatronics department since 2012. He is and has been working on projects related to space (TROPOMI, LISA), astronomy (ELT M1SS and PACT, Adaptive Optics), lithography and Big Science (ITER, QuTech). 

External positions

Senior Scientist, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - TNO

1 Jan 2012 → …

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Gert Witvoet is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 2 Similar Profiles
controllers Physics & Astronomy
nuclear fusion Physics & Astronomy
crashes Physics & Astronomy
Mirrors Engineering & Materials Science
Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
mirrors Physics & Astronomy
cyclotrons Physics & Astronomy
Telescopes Engineering & Materials Science

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2005 2019

  • 188 Citations
  • 25 Conference contribution
  • 9 Article
  • 5 Report
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
3 Citations (Scopus)

Dynamic analysis and control of mirror segment actuators for the European Extremely Large Telescope

Witvoet, G., Den Breeje, R., Nijenhuis, J., Hazelebach, R. & Doelman, N., 1 Jan 2015, In : Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. 1, 1, 14 p., 019003

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

dynamic analysis
Dynamic analysis
12 Citations (Scopus)

Numerical demonstration of injection locking of the sawtooth period by means of modulated EC current drive

Witvoet, G., Lauret, M., Baar, de, M. R., Westerhof, E. & Steinbuch, M., 2011, In : Nuclear Fusion. 51, 10, p. 1-16 15 p., 103043

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

injection locking
73 Citations (Scopus)

Performance analysis of reset control systems

Aangenent, W. H. T. M., Witvoet, G., Heemels, W. P. M. H., Molengraft, van de, M. J. G. & Steinbuch, M., 2010, In : International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. 20, p. 1213-1233 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Control systems
Convex optimization
Lyapunov functions
Linear matrix inequalities

Feedforward motion control: from batch-to-batch learning to online parameter estimation

Mooren, N., Witvoet, G. & Oomen, T., 1 Jul 2019, 2019 American Control Conference, ACC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 947-952 6 p. 8814481

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

Feedforward control
Motion control
Parameter estimation
Statistical methods

First results from the large dynamic range atomic force microscope for overlay metrology

Witvoet, G., Peters, J., Kuiper, S., Keyvani, S. & Willekers, R., 26 Mar 2019, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXXIII. Ukraintsev, V. A. & Adan, O. (eds.). Bellingham: SPIE, 10 p. 109592E. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10959)

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

Atomic Force Microscope
Dynamic Range


Advanced motion control

1/09/15 → …


Control Engineering

1/09/15 → …


Learning control

1/09/19 → …


Signals and Systems

1/09/18 → …


Student theses

Characterization and control of a deformable mirror for adaptive optics

Author: Wildschut, J., 15 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Witvoet, G. (Supervisor 2), Oomen, T. (Supervisor 2) & Heertjes, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

LMI-approaches to the performance analysis of reset control systems

Author: Witvoet, G., 2007

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Weiland, S. (Supervisor 2), Heemels, W. (Coach), van de Molengraft, M. (Coach) & Aangenent, W. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master


Robust control of an adaptive optics system under non-stationary turbulence conditions

Author: Emek, M., 26 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Witvoet, G. (Supervisor 1), Doelman, N. J. (External person) (External coach), Oomen, T. (Supervisor 2) & Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master