• 608 Citations
1993 …2019
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Personal profile


"Software is an intrinsic and often underestimated part of mechanical engineering. My mission is the development of software for civil engineering and logistic systems that is guaranteed to be correct, efficient, and maintainable."

Research profile

Wan Fokkink is a Full Professor of Model Based System Engineering in the Control Systems Technology Group in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  His specialties include supervisory control synthesis, distributed algorithms, safety-critical software, protocol verification, and process algebra.

Wan’s research targets analysis and design of distributed systems, broadly construed, ranging from automatically synthesizing control software to formal verification of communication protocols and executable models of biological systems. Recent research has focused on applying formal modeling and analysis techniques to automatically generate software for civil engineering structures like bridges, dams and tunnels. This development process uses the requirements of the object to constrain its possible behavior. The aim is to automatically transform the requirements into PLC code that governs movements within, for example, a bridge.

Academic background

Wan Fokkink obtained his MSc in Mathematics (with honors) from the University of Amsterdam (1990) where he also received his PhD in Computer Science (1994). Following this, he undertook a post-graduate position at Utrecht University and became a lecturer at the University of Wales, Swansea. He subsequently headed the Embedded Systems Group at CWI, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science (2000-2004). He was part-time full professor on Stochastic Design at TU/e (2012-2016). In addition to his work at TU/e, Wan has been a full professor of Theoretical Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2004. He is co-founder and was the vice-chair of IFIP Working Group 1.8 on Concurrency Theory and the chair of the board of the national research school IPA.

Affiliated with

  • Department of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Rijkswaterstaat
  • Vanderlande Industries

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Research Output 1993 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Model-based design of supervisory controllers for baggage handling systems

Swartjes, L., van Beek, D. A., Fokkink, W. J. & van Eekelen, J. A. W. M., 1 Nov 2017, In : Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. 78, p. 28-50 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Baggage handling
Model-based Design
Formal Model
3 Citations (Scopus)
78 Downloads (Pure)

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Modal Logic
Supervisory Control
1 Citation (Scopus)

Multi-valued simulation and abstraction using lattice operations

Vijzelaar, S. J. J. & Fokkink, W., 1 Jan 2017, In : ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems. 16, 2, 26 p., 42.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Formal specification and verification of TCP extended with the Window Scale Option

Lockefeer, L., Williams, D. M. & Fokkink, W., 1 Mar 2016, In : Science of Computer Programming. 118, p. 3-23 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Data transfer
Formal verification
Formal specification

Compositional coordinator synthesis for discrete event systems

Goorden, M., Fabian, M., Reniers, M., van de Mortel - Fronczak, A., Fokkink, W. & Rooda, K., 2019, p. 91. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Open Access

Student theses

Control and performance analysis of wafer flow in wafer handling systems

Author: de Kock, E., 31 Jul 2014

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Design and implementation of a distributed baggage handling controller

Author: Dierikx, O., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Design and implementation of model-based controllers for baggage handling systems

Author: Jansen, S., 10 Jul 2014

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Design of a model-based controller for baggage handling systems with data tracking

Author: Zwijgers, T., 30 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1), van Beek, D. (Supervisor 2), Swartjes, L. (Supervisor 2), van Eekelen, J. (External coach) & Hommels, R. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Measuring and improving the quality of file carving methods

Author: Kloet, S., 30 Nov 2007

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master