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“In engineering and many other domains of science, dynamic models are essential for model-based simulation, monitoring, control and optimization.”

Research profile

Paul van den Hof is Full Professor and Chair of the Control Systems (CS) Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is interested in data-driven modeling, control and optimization of dynamic systems in several technological fields: industrial process control, oil reservoir engineering, high-tech mechatronic and cyber-physical systems, etc. His focus is the development of fundamental techniques, such as data-driven modeling, closed-loop and control-oriented identification and data analytics, experimental design and performance monitoring, and model-based control, monitoring and optimization.

Van den Hof often collaborates closely with international academic and industrial partners.

Van den Hof was General Chair of the 13th IFAC Symposium on System Identification in 2003. He has served as member of the IFAC Council (1999-2005, 2017-2020), Associate Editor and Editor of Automatica (1992-2005), and Vice-President of IFAC (2017-2020). He is a Fellow of IFAC and of IEEE, and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He holds an ERC Advanced Research Grant on Dynamic Network Identification.

Academic background

Paul van den Hof obtained an MSc from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1982 and a PhD from there in 1989. He started work at Delft University of Technology in 1986, where he was appointed as Full Professor in 1999. He was the founding co-director of the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), with appointments in the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering, and the faculty of Applied Sciences. In 2011, he was appointed Full Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of TU/e. From 2005-2015, he was Scientific Director of the National Research and Graduate School Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC), and National Representative of the Dutch NMO in IFAC.

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Identification (control systems) Engineering & Materials Science
Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
Dynamical systems Engineering & Materials Science
Model structures Engineering & Materials Science
Reservoir management Engineering & Materials Science
Experiments Engineering & Materials Science
Parameter estimation Engineering & Materials Science
Sensors Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1981 2019

59 Downloads (Pure)

Active compensation of the deformation of a magnetically levitated mover of a planar motor

Custers, C., Proimadis, I., Jansen, J. W., Butler, H., Toth, R., Lomonova, E. & Van den Hof, P., May 2019, 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 854-861 8 p. 8785302

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

Open Access
flexible bodies

A dynamic network approach to identification of physical systems

Kivits, E. M. M. L. & van den Hof, P. M. J., 11 Dec 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

Directed graphs
Transfer functions

A local direct method for module identification in dynamic networks with correlated noise

Ramaswamy, K. & van den Hof, P. M. J., Aug 2019, In : arXiv. 15 p., 1908.00976v1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access
MIMO systems
Maximum likelihood
1 Downloads (Pure)

Bayesian topology identification of linear dynamic networks

Shi, S., Bottegal, G. & van den Hof, P. M. J., 1 Jun 2019, 2019 18th European Control Conference, ECC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 2814-2819 6 p. 8795766

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

Dynamic Networks
Forward-backward Algorithm
Bayesian Model Selection

Informed production optimization in hydrocarbon reservoirs

Barros, E. G. D., Van den Hof, P. M. J. & Jansen, J. D., 8 Apr 2019, In : Optimization and Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Reservoir management
Value of Information


Data-driven Modelling in Dynamic Networks

P.M.J. Van den Hof (Recipient), 2015

Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

Data structures
Dynamical systems
Systems engineering
Parameter estimation

Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Paul M.J. Van den Hof (Recipient), 12 May 2016

Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

IEEE Fellow

Paul M.J. Van den Hof (Recipient), 25 Nov 2007

Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

IFAC Fellow

Paul M.J. Van den Hof (Recipient), 1 Jun 2007

Prize: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Activities 2013 2015

  • 2 Contributed talk
  • 2 Invited talk

Assessing the value of information from inverse modelling for optimising long-term oil reservoir performance

Paul Van den Hof (Member)
17 Jun 201518 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

System Identification in dynamic networks

Paul Van den Hof (Member)
24 Mar 201526 Mar 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Plenary Lecture at the 32nd Chinese Control Conference, 26 July 2013, Xian, China, Xián, China

Paul Van den Hof (Speaker)
26 Jul 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Control systems

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System identification

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Student theses

An application-oriented impedance-based temperature estimation method for Li-ion battery packs

Author: Mundaragi Shivakumar, K., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Van den Hof, P. (Supervisor 1), Donkers, M. (Supervisor 2), Bergveld, H. (Supervisor 2) & Beelen, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Approximate realization of noisy linear systems : the Hankel and Page matrix approach

Author: van den Hof, P., 28 Feb 1983

Supervisor: Eijkhoff, P. (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

Decentralized and distributed model predictive control of vehicle platoons

Author: Shi, S., 30 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Van den Hof, P. (Supervisor 1), Lazar, M. (Supervisor 2) & Hofman, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Distributed frequency control of power systems using nearest neighbor rules

Author: Jin, J., 28 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Grammatico, S. (Supervisor 1) & Van den Hof, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master