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Road vehicle automation will only improve traffic efficiency and decrease fuel consumption if control algorithms are designed to encompass cooperative behavior.

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Jeroen Ploeg is a part-time Associate Professor at the Dynamics and Control group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Jeroen’s research interest is in the field of control system design, with a focus on cooperative and automated road vehicles. Cooperative and automated driving is characterized by emergent behavior that results from the dynamics of the vehicle interaction rather than the dynamics of individual vehicles. One well-known phenomenon in this respect is string instability, resulting in so-called ghost traffic jams. The design of vehicle controllers for string-stable vehicle platoons has been the main line of Jeroen’s research in the past years, resulting in a rigorous understanding of the notion of string stability as well as multiple control solutions. As a next step, cooperative maneuvering is investigated, such as merging in a string of vehicles and intersection crossings, together with several PhD students.

Academic background

Jeroen Ploeg obtained his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1988 and earned his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering on the control of vehicle platoons from TU/e in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Henk Nijmeijer and Prof. Nathan van de Wouw. In 2017, Jeroen was appointed Associate Professor (part time) at TU/e in the Dynamics and Control group of Prof. Nijmeijer at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Jeroen currently works at 2getthere, Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he leads the research and development activities in the field of cooperative automated driving for automated transit systems. From 1989 to 1999, he was employed at Tata Steel, IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where his interest was in the development and implementation of dynamic process control systems for large-scale industrial plants. He worked at TNO, Helmond, The Netherlands, from 1999 until 2017, ultimately as a Principal Scientist in the field of vehicle automation and road safety assessment.

External positions

Lead Cooperative Driving, 2getthere

1 Apr 2018 → …

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Research Output 1988 2019

Cooperative automated driving: from platooning to maneuvering

Ploeg, J. & de Haan, R., 1 Jan 2019, VEHITS 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems. Gusikhin, O. & Helfert, M. (eds.). Setúbal: SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., p. 5-10 6 p.

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

Open Access
control system
Control systems
2 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Smith predictor compensating for vehicle actuator delays in cooperative ACC systems

Xing, H., Ploeg, J. & Nijmeijer, H., Feb 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 68, 2, p. 1106-1115 10 p., 8573839.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Smith Predictor
Cooperative Systems
Cooperative Control
9 Citations (Scopus)
197 Downloads (Pure)

Consensus control for vehicular platooning with velocity constraints

Zegers, J. C., Semsar-Kazerooni, E., Ploeg, J., van de Wouw, N. & Nijmeijer, H., 1 Sep 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 26, 5, p. 1592-1605

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Asymptotic stability
Dynamic models
1 Citation (Scopus)

Controller design for cooperative driving with guaranteed safe behavior

Ligthart, J., Semsar-Kazerooni, E., Ploeg, J., Alirezaei, M. & Nijmeijer, H., 26 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, CCTA 2018. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 1460-1465 6 p. 8511625

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

Controller Design
Cooperative Control
Collision Avoidance
10 Citations (Scopus)
194 Downloads (Pure)

Cooperative automated maneuvering at the 2016 Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge

Ploeg, J., Semsar-Kazerooni, E., Morales Medina, A. I., de Jongh, J. F. C. M., van de Sluis, J., Voronov, A., Englund, C., Bril, R. J., Salunkhe, H., Arrue, A., Ruano, A., Garcia-Sol, L., van Nunen, E. & van de Wouw, N., 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. 19, 4, p. 1213-1226

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Adaptive cruise control

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Student theses

A radar-based, enhanced control algorithm for Adaptive Cruise Control

Author: Lijster, G., 30 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Ploeg, J. (External coach) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Communication-based cooperative driving of road vehicles by motion synchronization

Author: Konuk, K., 30 Sep 2010

Supervisor: Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 1) & Ploeg, J. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Control design including tyre behaviour for a mobile robot

Author: Schouten, H., 30 Apr 2007

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

Student thesis: Master


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

Cooperative control of a platoon via feedback linearization

Author: Bus, S., 31 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Ploeg, J. (Supervisor 1) & Nijmeijer, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master