• 641 Citations
1993 …2020

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"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

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.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Maximally permissive controlled system synthesis for non-determinism and modal logic

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

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Multi-valued simulation and abstraction using lattice operations

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

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    1 Citation (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.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Structuring multilevel discrete-event systems with dependence structure matrices

    Goorden, M., van de Mortel - Fronczak, A., Reniers, M., Fokkink, W. & Rooda, K., 1 Apr 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. 65, 4, p. 1625-1639 15 p., 8759973.

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    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

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    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

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