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Maarten Steinbuch is a Distinguished University Professor in Systems and Control and Chair of Control Systems Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research ranges from automotive engineering (with a focus on connected cars and clean vehicles) to mechatronics, motion control, and fusion plasma control. His research interests are design and control of motion systems, robotics, automotive powertrains and of fusion plasmas. In both 2008 and 2014, his research group obtained the QANU excellence rating [5555]. His group is renowned for developing and applying principles for mechanical design of high-tech systems which enable high reproducibility and low-cost manufacturing of such systems. 

Maarten is primarily known for his work in the field of advanced motion control, as well as in robotics for high precision surgery. Steinbuch is a prolific blogger and a key opinion leader on the influence of new technologies on society and a well-known advocate of electric vehicles. He has developed new techniques to accommodate reference and disturbance induced errors, based on repetitive control, iterative learning and motion feedback control. Steinbuch's research has also resulted in improvement of robots for precision domestic care and surgery.

Academic background

Maarten Steinbuch received his MSc and PhD from Delft University of Technology. From 1987-1998 he worked with Philips Research and from 1998-1999 with Philips CFT. Since 1999 he has been a Full Professor of the Control Systems Technology group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also Scientific director of the TU/e High Tech Systems Center and Editor in Chief of the Journal ‘Mechatronics.’ He has acted as Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal IFAC Mechatronics(2008-2015), and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (2003-2008).

Maarten is also well known as an entrepreneur and communicator and holds 9 patents. He has an H-index higher than 25 in Web of Science and higher than 45 in Google Scholar (over 9000 citations.) He has given over 80 invited lectures including many keynote speeches at conferences including the American Control Conference 2011, IFAC Symposium on System Identification (Sysid), IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MCS) 2013, and IFAC Mechatronics.

Affiliated with

Partners in (semi-)industry

Supervisory Board Member Sioux Group BV

Co-founder and trainer Mechatronics Academy B.V.

Co-founder MicroSure Founders B.V., Preceyes Founders B.V.

CEO Medical Robotic Technologies B.V.

Founder and director Steinbuch in Motion B.V.

Executive Council Member Topsector HTSM

Advisory Board Member: Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), Urban Mobility Group B.V., C2C Sustainable Impact Fund (C2C SIF), Nobleo Technology B.V., Smart Robotics B.V., ViriCity B.V., Eneco, Accerion B.V., Weber Maschinenbau GmbH, Dutch Incert, DSPE

Board Member: NWO NRPO/SIA, AutomotiveNL, NKL (Nederlands Kennis Centrum voor Laadinfrastructuur), Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek (STT)

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Research Output 1986 2019

H feedback and feedforward controller design for active vibration isolators

Beijen, M. A., Heertjes, M. F., Butler, H. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Jul 2017, In : IFAC-PapersOnLine. 50, 1, p. 13384-13389 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Disturbance rejection
11 Citations (Scopus)

A comparative overview of frequency domain methods for nonlinear systems

Rijlaarsdam, D. J., Nuij, P. W. J. M., Schoukens, J. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Apr 2017, In : Mechatronics. 42, p. 11-24 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Nonlinear systems
Describing functions
Frequency response
7 Citations (Scopus)

Robust high performance bilateral teleoperation under bounded time-varying dynamics

Lopez Martinez, C. A., Polat, I., van de Molengraft, M. J. G. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Jan 2015, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 23, 1, p. 206-218 13 p., 6820747

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Remote control
Robust control
Linear matrix inequalities
19 Citations (Scopus)

Control of the tokamak safety factor profile with time-varying constraints using MPC

Maljaars, E., Felici, F. A. A., Baar, de, M. R., Dongen, van, J., Hogeweij, G. M. D., Geelen, P. J. M. & Steinbuch, M., 2015, In : Nuclear Fusion. 55, 2, p. 023001-1/18 18 p., 023001

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
safety factors
quadratic programming
26 Citations (Scopus)

Functional and cost-based automatic generator for hybrid vehicles topologies

Silvas, E., Hofman, T., Serebrenik, A. & Steinbuch, M., Aug 2015, In : IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 20, 4, p. 1561-1572

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Hybrid vehicles
Energy efficiency
Electric machinery


Prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch

Maarten Steinbuch (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: NWOStevinScientific


University professor: Prof. dr. ir. M. (Maarten) Steinbuch

Maarten Steinbuch (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: TU/eUniversity professorScientific


Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Editorial activity

Mechatronics (Journal)

Maarten Steinbuch (Editor-In-Chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media

Introducing the 2019 Class of IEEE Fellows

Maarten Steinbuch & Lucien Breems


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Embassy of India on Indo-Dutch Collaboration on Science and Technology

Maarten Steinbuch


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

High Tech Piek Awards… and here are all the winners!

Maarten Steinbuch


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Henk Nijmeijer and Nathan van de Wouw receive CST Award

Henk Nijmeijer, Hans Zwart & Maarten Steinbuch


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A comparison study between power-split CVTs and a push-belt CVT

Author: Noben, P., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Hofman, T. (Supervisor 1), Veenhuizen, P. (Supervisor 2) & Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Active airbag systems: modelling and feedback control design

Author: Consten, H., 31 Aug 2004

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Hesseling, R. (Supervisor 2), Veldpaus, F. (Supervisor 2) & van den Bosch, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Active control of the printhead-paper distance in an inkjet printer

Author: Kuypers, R., 30 Jun 2003

Supervisor: Draad, A. (External person) (Supervisor 1), van de Molengraft, M. (Supervisor 2), Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2) & Lomonova, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Actuation system design specifications for a variator slip controlled CVT: based on a road disturbance and driveability analysis

Author: Peeters, L., 31 Jan 2007

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Klaassen, T. (Supervisor 2), van der Meulen, S. (Supervisor 2), Veenhuizen, P. (Supervisor 2) & Damen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Adaptive feedforward control: exploring the possibilities

Author: Teerhuis, A., 31 Aug 2004

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master