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Mircea Lazar is an Assistant Professor in the Control Systems group of the Electrical Engineering Faculty at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His main areas of expertise include measurement and control engineering.

Mircea’s research interests include general system theory (Lyapunov stability, robust stability, converse Lyapunov theorems, set invariance with focus on discrete time non-smooth systems), model predictive control (modern theory and applications, fast systems, distillation columns), modeling and control of hybrid systems (piecewise affine systems, explicit predictive controllers), distributed control systems (decentralized and distributed predictive control, networked control systems, wireless sensor networks, power systems), power circuits (predictive control of power converters, electric and hybrid vehicles).

Academic background

Mircea received both his Dipl. Ing. degree (2001) and MSc (2002) in Control Engineering from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering at the ‘Gh. Asachi’ Technical University of Iasi. He received his PhD. from TU/e in 2006), Eindhoven for his thesis ‘Model predictive control of hybrid systems: stability and robustness’. He obtained the EECI (European Embedded Control Institute) PhD award for the best PhD thesis in Europe on Networked and Embedded Control, for the period 2006-2007.  

He has organized and chaired invited sessions on several topics related to Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) (at the 7th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems, August 2007). He was Main Speaker at the International Workshop on Assessment and Future Directions of NMPC, Pavia, Italy, S2008.  Mircea has been a reviewer for several major journals in the area of control systems (Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technologies, Systems and Control Letters) and power electronics (IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems). For his reviewer activities he has received the ‘Outstanding reviewer’ distinction from the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control journal for three years consecutively, starting with 2003.

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Research Output 2002 2020

Heterogeneously parameterized tube model predictive control for LPV systems

Hanema, J., Lazar, M. & Tóth, R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Automatica. 111, 13 p., 108622

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Model predictive control

Chemotherapy followed by anti-CD137 mAb immunotherapy improves disease control in a mouse myeloma model

Guillerey, C., Nakamura, K., Pichler, A. C., Barkauskas, D., Krumeich, S., Stannard, K., Miles, K., Harjunpää, H., Yu, Y., Casey, M., Doban, A. I., Lazar, M., Hartel, G., Smith, D., Vuckovic, S., Teng, M. W. L., Leif Bergsagel, P., Chesi, M., Hill, G. R., Martinet, L. & 1 othersSmyth, M. J., 25 Jul 2019, In : JCI Insight. 4, 14, 20 p., e125932

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Multiple Myeloma
Drug Therapy

Corrigendum to “the Minkowski–Lyapunov equation for linear dynamics: theoretical foundations” (The Minkowski–Lyapunov equation for linear dynamics: theoretical foundations (2014) 50(8) (2015–2024)

Raković, S. V. & Lazar, M., 1 Aug 2019, In : Automatica. 106, p. 411-412 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

A method to guarantee local convergence for sequential quadratic programming with poor Hessian approximation

Nguyen, T. T., Lazar, M. & Butler, H., 18 Jan 2018, 2017 IEEE 56th Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2017. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 3781-3786 6 p.

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

Quadratic programming
Local Convergence
Quadratic Programming
Nonlinear Optimization

An instrumental variable method for closed-loop identification of coreless linear motors

Nguyen, T. T., Lazar, M., Butler, H. & Van den Hof, P. M. J., 9 Aug 2018, 2018 Annual American Control Conference, ACC 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Vol. 2018-June, p. 5219-5224 6 p.

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

Linear motors
Dynamical systems


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Student theses

Adaptive friction compensation for an industrial coreless linear motor setup

Author: van den Boom, P., 13 Dec 2018

Supervisor: Nguyen, T. (Supervisor 1), Lazar, M. (Supervisor 2) & Butler, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A fast nonlinear MPC solver for real-time control of linear motors

Author: Riera Segui, A., 2018

Supervisor: Lazar, M. (Supervisor 1) & Nguyen, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

An assessment of distributed optimization algorithms for LED-based illumination control

Author: Aslam, M., 30 Nov 2011

Supervisor: Lazar, M. (Supervisor 1) & Pandharipande, A. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Assessment of model predictive control schemes for DC-DC converters

Author: Jiménez-Freile Peralta, R., 2007

Supervisor: Lazar, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Centralized and distributed identified model based predictive control for Museum Hermitage Amsterdam

Author: Chen, X., 22 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Lazar, M. (Supervisor 1), Ludlage, J. (Supervisor 2), Van den Hof, P. (Supervisor 2) & Lefeber, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master