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Mircea Lazar is an Associate 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 stability analysis and control of complex interconnected systems, such as power systems, water networks, communication networks, vehicles platoons and biological networks. His research deals with all aspects of constrained control and model predictive control, control of nonlinear and hybrid systems using control Lyapunov functions and set-theoretic methods. He has worked on several application domains, including high-precision mechatronics, automotive control systems, biomedical systems, smart grids and smart buildings temperature and illumination control, power converters and amplifiers. He has been collaborating with several companies, including ASML, DAF, TENNET, Oce, Prodrive, Philips Research, IBS Precision Engineering, Ford Research Lab USA, UTRC USA.

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 the Ph.D. degree in control systems from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 2006. For this thesis he received the EECI PhD Award for the best thesis in Europe on Control of Complex and Heterogeneous Systems 2006 – 2007.

He has become a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2008, he was tenured in 2011 and he was appointed as a tenured Associate Professor in 2017 in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology.  He has received a VENI personal grant for excellence in research from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) in 2008. He was a visiting professor at the Boston University in 2011, within the Hybrid & Networked Systems LAB. He has been an active researcher in the hybrid and nonlinear systems community and has served as the Chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Hybrid Systems from 2011 until 2016. He was the main Chair and organizer of the 4th IFAC International Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, Nordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, 2012. He is one of the internationally recognized researchers in the area of stability theory,  Lyapunov methods, model predictive control and hybrid systems, delivering 14 invited talks at conferences (IEEE ISTCC 2012, IFAC NMPC 2015) and universities worldwide (ETH Zurich, University of Stuttgart, Boston University, University of Oxford). He has supervised 9 graduated PhD students (out of which 2 received the distinction Cum laude) and 3 PostDocs. He has published more than 50 journal papers.

 

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My current research focuses on stability and control of complex interconnected systems motivated by the interconnection of smart engineering systems via the Internet of Things    

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Projects

Research Output

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

  • 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 others, Smyth, M. J., 25 Jul 2019, In : JCI Insight. 4, 14, 20 p., e125932.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    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

    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Data-driven neural feedforward controller design for industrial linear motors

    Yuen, Y. H., Lazar, M. & Butler, H., Oct 2019, 2019 23rd International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing, ICSTCC 2019 - Proceedings. Precup, R-E. (ed.). Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 461-467 7 p. 8885434. (2019 23rd International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing, ICSTCC 2019 - Proceedings).

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

  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Courses

    Control Systems

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    Model predictive control

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    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

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    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