• 192 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.

  • 4 Similar Profiles
Mirrors Engineering & Materials Science
mirrors Physics & Astronomy
controllers Physics & Astronomy
nuclear fusion Physics & Astronomy
Mirror Mathematics
Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
Telescopes Engineering & Materials Science
crashes Physics & Astronomy

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

Research Output 2005 2019

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)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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
76 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

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

Demonstrator for nano-Precision multi-Agent MagLev positioning platform for high throughput metrology

Kramer, L., van den Dool, T. & Witvoet, G., 2019, Joint Conference 8th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems (MECHATRONICS 2019), and 11th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (NOLCOS 2019) .

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


Control Engineering

1/09/15 → …


Learning control

1/09/19 → …


Signals and Systems

1/09/18 → …


Press / Media

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