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“The impact of the current generation of embedded and cyber-physical systems on society asks for application of model-based engineering of the involved supervisory control structures in order to obtain better guarantees for safety and performance.”

Research profile

Michel Reniers is an Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests include model-based engineering of supervisory controllers, synthesis of supervisory controllers for modal logics, engineering of cyber-physical systems (of systems) and development of modeling languages (CIF) and model transformations.

In Reniers’ research the emphasis is on application of formal methods in engineering of supervisory controllers for high-tech and embedded systems. The research focuses on furthering the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in model-based systems engineering approaches for supervisory controllers. This includes research themes such as supervisory controller synthesis for networked systems, the combination of supervisory control and throughput optimization, and supervisory control for system product lines.

Application areas for the research are manufacturing and high-tech systems such as lithography manufacturing, automotive systems, waterway locks and tunnel installations, robotics and autonomous systems.

Academic background

Michel Reniers obtained his MSc in Computer Science from TU/e in 1994 followed by a PhD in 1999. He began working for TU/e in 1999 as an assistant professor in the section Analysis and Design of Systems (OAS), followed by an assistant professorship in the section Systems Engineering (SE). He was appointed Associate Professor in 2015.

Michel is a member of various organizations, including IEEE (senior member), IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems, and IFAC Technical Committee 1.3 on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems. Michel has been chair of Working Group 3 on Tools for systems of systems engineering and management of the Communication and Support Action CPSoS and was coauthor of the Proposal of a European Research and Innovation Agenda on Cyber-physical Systems of Systems – 2016-2025.

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  • Rijkswaterstaat

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Research Output

Systematic model-based design and implementation of supervisors for advanced driver assistance systems

Korssen, T., Dolk, V. S., van de Mortel - Fronczak, J. M., Reniers, M. A. & Heemels, W. P. M. H., Feb 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. 19, 2, p. 533-544 12 p., 8226993.

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    62 Downloads (Pure)

    Maximally permissive controlled system synthesis for non-determinism and modal logic

    van Hulst, A. C., Reniers, M. A. & Fokkink, W. J., Mar 2017, In : Discrete Event Dynamic Systems. 27, 1, p. 109-142 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    89 Downloads (Pure)

    Maximal synthesis for Hennessy-Milner logic

    van Hulst, A. C., Reniers, M. A. & Fokkink, W. J., 2015, In : ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems. 14, 1, p. 1-21 21 p., 10.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Results on embeddings between state-based and event-based systems

    Reniers, M. A., Schoren, R. J. A. & Willemse, T. A. C., 2014, In : The Computer Journal. 57, 1, p. 73-92

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Graphical modeling for supervisor synthesis

    Reijnen, F. F. H., van de Mortel-Fronczak, J. M. A., Reniers, M. A. & Rooda, J. E. K., 2020, 39th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control March 10 – 12, 2020 Elspeet, The Netherlands : Book of Abstracts. University of Groningen, p. 81-81 1 p.

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

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    1 Downloads (Pure)


    Partial-Order Reduction for Performance Analysis of Max-Plus Timed Systems

    L.J. van der Sanden (Recipient), Marc Geilen (Recipient), Michel A. Reniers (Recipient) & Twan Basten (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Keynote talk

    ICT with Industry

    Michel A. Reniers (Member of programme committee)
    20 Jan 202024 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

    International workshop on Timing Performance engineering for Safety critical systems

    Michel A. Reniers (Invited speaker)
    31 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific


    oCPS webinar Performance Analysis and Optimization of Supervisory Controllers

    Michel A. Reniers (Contributor)
    26 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific



    Supervisory control

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    Supervisory Control Synthesis

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    Student theses

    A modeling language for reconfigurable distributed Hybrid systems

    Author: Kratz, F., 30 Nov 2005

    Supervisor: Reniers, M. (Supervisor 1), Lee, I. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & Pappas, G. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An algebraic semantics of message charts

    Author: Reniers, M., 30 Apr 1994

    Supervisor: Baeten, J. (Supervisor 1) & Mauw, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Applying IndiGolog to the domestic service robot domain

    Author: Li, Z., 31 Aug 2013

    Supervisor: Janssen, R. (Supervisor 1), Reniers, M. (Supervisor 2), van de Molengraft, M. (Supervisor 2) & Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Computational effort of BDD-based supervisor synthesis of extended finite automata

    Author: Thuijsman, S. B., 15 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Reniers, M. A. (Supervisor 1) & Schiffelers, R. R. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Design and verification of the smartpixel II protocol

    Author: Springer, R., 31 Aug 2008

    Supervisor: Reniers, M. (Supervisor 1) & Hendriksen, W. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master