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1986 …2019

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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 of the Eindhoven Engine. 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 30 in Web of Science and higher than 45 in Google Scholar (over 9000 citations.) He has given over 100 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 and co-founder of Eindhoven Medical Robotics B.V.

Founder and director Steinbuch in Motion B.V.

Executive Council Member Topsector HTSM

Advisory Board Member: Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), Nobleo Technology B.V., Smart Robotics B.V., DSPE

Board Member: NWO NRPO/SIA, AutomotiveNL, NKL (Nederlands Kennis Centrum voor Laadinfrastructuur)

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Research Output

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.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 19 Citations (Scopus)
    120 Downloads (Pure)

    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

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  • 31 Citations (Scopus)
    163 Downloads (Pure)


    IEEE Fellow

    Maarten Steinbuch (Recipient), 1 Jan 2019

    Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsProfessional

    Prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch

    M. Steinbuch (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: NWOStevinScientific

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

    M. Steinbuch (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: TU/eUniversity professorScientific

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    Mechatronics (Journal)

    Maarten Steinbuch (Editor-In-Chief)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (Journal)

    Maarten Steinbuch (Editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    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