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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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Research Output

Informed production optimization in hydrocarbon reservoirs

Barros, E. G. D., Van den Hof, P. M. J. & Jansen, J. D., 1 Mar 2020, In : Optimization and Engineering. 21, 1, p. 25-48 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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

    Custers, C., Proimadis, I., Jansen, J. W. H., 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

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    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 conferencePaper

  • Allocation of excitation signals for generic identifiability of dynamic networks

    Cheng, X., Shi, S. & Van Den Hof, P. M. J., Dec 2019, 2019 IEEE 58th Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 5507-5512 6 p. 9029218

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

  • 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
  • Prizes

    Data-driven Modelling in Dynamic Networks

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

    Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

  • 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


    • 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