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Hans Zwart is a Full Professor at the Dynamics and Control group of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Chair of Dynamics and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests cover control and analysis of systems described by partial differential equation and/or time difference differential equations. His focus is primarily on the development and analysis of controllers for linear systems, using mathematical techniques from functional analysis and Hamiltonian dynamics. His expertise further covers partial differential equations, hilbert space, observability, transfer functions and dirac structures

Academic background

The main area of application of his research is in the controller design and analysis of flexible structures. He has a long lasting collaboration around this topic with research groups in Besançon, Lyon, Wuppertal, and EindhovenIn addition to his work at TU/e, Hans Zwart is Professor in Physical Systems and Control, and head of the Chair Hybrid Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente.

Hans is also the co-author of two standard works in his field; An Introduction to Infinite-Dimensional Systems Theory, (with R. Curtain) and Linear Port-Hamiltonian Systems on Infinite-Dimensional Spaces (with B. Jacob) which is currently in the process of being updated

Affiliated with

TU Twente Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science (EWI), Hybrid Systems (HS)

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Research Output 2002 2020

4 Citations (Scopus)

Semi-analytic approximation of the temperature field resulting from moving heat loads

Veldman, D. W. M., Fey, R. H. B., Zwart, H. J., van de Wal, M. M. J., van den Boom, J. D. B. J. & Nijmeijer, H., 1 Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 122, p. 128-137 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Thermal load
Temperature distribution
temperature distribution
3D printers

A Kleinman–Newton construction of the maximal solution of the infinite-dimensional control Riccati equation

Curtain, R. F., Zwart, H. J. & Iftime, O. V., 1 Dec 2017, In : Automatica. 86, p. 147-153 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Riccati equations
Cost functions
8 Citations (Scopus)

Co-design of controller and communication topology for vehicular platooning

Firooznia, A., Ploeg, J., van de Wouw, N. & Zwart, H. J., 1 Oct 2017, In : IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. 18, 10, p. 2728-2739 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Adaptive cruise control
Control systems
25 Citations (Scopus)

On the synthesis of boundary control laws for distributed port-hamiltonian systems

Macchelli, A., Le Gorrec, Y., Ramirez, H. & Zwart, H., 1 Apr 2017, In : IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. 62, 4, p. 1700-1713 14 p., 7524022

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

State feedback
Asymptotic stability
Closed loop systems
8 Citations (Scopus)

Stabilization of collocated systems by nonlinear boundary control

Curtain, R. & Zwart, H. J., 1 Oct 2016, In : Systems and Control Letters. 96, p. 11-14 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Nonlinear systems


Student theses

Controller design for string stability of infinite vehicle strings

Author: Firooznia, A., 30 Nov 2012

Supervisor: Zwart, H. (Supervisor 1), van de Wouw, N. (Supervisor 2) & Ploeg, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Controlling nonlinear resonances of rectangular plates

Author: Veldman, D., 31 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Zwart, H. (Supervisor 1) & Fey, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Port-Hamiltonian discretization of Maxwell's equations in 2D

Author: Tiemersma, B., 27 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Weiland, S. (Supervisor 1), Zwart, H. (Supervisor 2) & Butler, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Stability of two-dimensional forced Navier-Stokes flow on a bounded circular domain

Author: Ripperda, B., 31 Jul 2013

Supervisor: Zwart, H. (Supervisor 1), Kamp, L. (Supervisor 2) & Lauret, M. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Structure preserving discretization of port-Hamiltonian distributed parameter systems

Author: van Huijgevoort, B., 8 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Weiland, S. (Supervisor 1) & Zwart, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master