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Research profile

Maurice Heemels is a Full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Chair of Hybrid and Networked Systems. His research is oriented towards general system and control theory with an emphasis on the development of multi-disciplinary design techniques, across a number of areas including hybrid systems, networked control, resource-aware (event-triggered) control, constrained control including model predictive control (MPC) and cyber-physical systems.

Cyber-physical systems bridge the ‘cyber’ (computation, communication and control) world and the physical world (heating, cooling, motion, vibration...) in next generation high-tech professional systems for applications such as image-based therapies, lithography, and electron microscopy. The mathematical modelling of these CPS require the combination of diverse models from different fields and often lead to hybrid sysems  that exhibit both discrete and continuous dynamics (e.g., the combination of finite state machines/automato/communication models on the one hand and difference or differential equations on the other hand). The creation of analysis techniques for hybrid systems and accompanying design tools for CPS of the future is at the heart of Maurice's interests.

Particular design questions are:

  • How to conceive resource-aware control strategies moving away from time-triggered controller operation, thereby only using valuable system's resources as computation power and communication bandwidth, when is actually needed to o guarantee closed-loop stability, safety and performance properties? This calls for a paradigm shift in which time-triggered periodic controllers are replaced by asynchronous event-triggered control schemes that only compute or communicate when it is really necessary. Applications include cooperative and automated driving (CACC)
  • How to design (wireless) networked control systems connecting sensors, controllers, and actuators over shared media with bandwidth-limitaitons? Applications are diverse ranging from manufacturing plants, to cooperating drones and robots, precision agriculture, etc.
  • What switching or hybrid controllers can overcome the limitations of linear time-invariant controllers, as are classicaly used, to meet increasing throughput and accuracy demands in motion control and mechatronic systems? Various innovative strategies are being proposed, including HIGS (hybrid integrator-gain systems), reset controllers, variable-gain controllers, SPANI-filters, etc. 
  • What are excellent design tools for MPC or other constrained control systems that are computionally feasible, stable, and high-performant while taking care of constraints on control inputs and plant outputs? Our MPC work is exploited in diverse application domains including local hyperthermia for improving the efficacy of cancer treatments, precision agriculture to feed the world in the future and thermal-mechanical problems in lithography machines (in order to sustain Moore's law).

 

Academic background

Maurice Heemels received his MSc and PhD in mathematics from TU/e in 1995 and 1999, respectively (both summa cum laude, top 5% of students). From 2000 to 2004 he worked at the TU/e Electrical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor and from 2004 to 2006 at the Embedded Systems Institute (ESI) as a Research Fellow. He joined the department of Mechanical Engineering in 2006, where he is currently a Full Professor in the Control Systems Technology group.  Maurice has held visiting professor positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland (2001), and the University of California at Santa Barbara, California, USA (2008). He also worked at the Research & Development laboratory of Océ in Venlo, The Netherlands.  

Maurice is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee 1.5 on "Networked Systems." Maurice served/s as an Associate Editor for the journals IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, Annual Reviews in Control and Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. He is currently a Senior Editor for the IFAC/Elsevier journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. Maurice's activities as IPC (co)chair include the European Control Conference 2021 (The Netherlands), IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems 2018 (ADHS, Oxford, UK), IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys, Germany, 2013) and European Control Conference 2013 (ECC, Switzerland, 2013). He acted also as General Chair of the FAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems 2012 (ADHS, Eindhoven, NL). He was a recipient of a prestigious VICI grant "Wireless Control Systems: A new frontier in Automation." He acquired over 7 MEuro of research funding from NWO, OP-zuid, EU, STW/KWF ("Technology for Oncology"), and industry. Maurice was an invited keynote speaker at various leading conference including European Control Conference (ECC) 2014 (France), AANS 2014 (Italy), NMPC 2012/2015 (NL,Spain), IEEE EBCCSP 2015 (Poland),  IEEE CDC 2018 (USA), IFAC NECSYS 2019 (USA), IEEE CODIT 2019 (France), etc.  

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Onderzoeksoutput 1996 2020

Event- and deadline-driven control of a self-localizing robot with vision-induced delays

van Horssen, E. P., van Hooijdonk, J. A. A., Antunes, D. & Heemels, W. P. M. H., 1 feb 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 67, 2, blz. 1212-1221 10 blz., 8648426

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Robots
Motion control
Random variables
Deterioration
Processing
1 Citaat (Scopus)

Beyond performance/cost tradeoffs in motion control: a multirate feedforward design with application to a dual-stage wafer system

van Zundert, J., Oomen, T., Verhaegh, J., Aangenent, W., Antunes, D. J. & Heemels, W. P. M. H., 2019, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 15 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Bestand
Motion control
Sampling
Hardware
Costs
Feedforward control

Control allocation for a high-precision linear transport system

Beerens, R., Thissen, S. C. N., van der Maas, A., Pancras, W. C. M., Gommans, T. M. P., van de Wouw, N. & Heemels, W. P. M. H., 18 jan 2019, 2018 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2018. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, blz. 1657-1662 6 blz. 8618867

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Motion Tracking
Hardware Design
Linear motors
Permanent Magnet
Synchronous motors
2 Citaties (Scopus)

Event-triggered and self-triggered control for linear systems based on reachable sets

Brunner, F. D., Heemels, W. P. M. H. & Allgöwer, F., mrt 2019, In : Automatica. 101, blz. 15-26 12 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Exploring the uncharted territories of networked control systems: by scavenging for structure in dynamics and communication

Heijmans, S., 12 jun 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 287 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: ScriptieDissertatie 1 (Onderzoek TU/e / Promotie TU/e)Academic

Open Access
Bestand
Networked control systems
Scavenging
Communication

Prijzen

ASML-award for the best fundamental Ph.D. thesis @ TU/e

Maurice Heemels (Ontvanger), 2000

Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk

Automatica Outstanding Service Award (IFAC)

Maurice Heemels (Ontvanger), 2014

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Best Paper Award @ 3rd International Conference on Event-Based Control, Communication and Signal Processing (EBCCSP) 2017

Maurice Heemels (Ontvanger), 2017

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

EECI European PhD Award for one of my PhD students (role: supervisor)

Maurice Heemels (Ontvanger), 2019

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

EECI European PhD Award for one of my PhD students (role: supervisor)

Maurice Heemels (Ontvanger), 2007

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2000 2016

  • 5 Redactioneel werk
  • 5 Aangemelde presentatie
  • 1 Workshop, seminar, cursus of expositie

Annual Reviews in Control (Tijdschrift)

Maurice Heemels (Lid redactieraad)
2016 → …

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems (Tijdschrift)

Maurice Heemels (Lid redactieraad)
2016 → …

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (Tijdschrift)

Maurice Heemels (Lid redactieraad)
20162017

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Automatica (Tijdschrift)

Maurice Heemels (Lid redactieraad)
20092015

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems (Tijdschrift)

Maurice Heemels (Lid redactieraad)
20082015

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Cursussen

Hybrid systems and control

1/09/15 → …

Cursus

Signals and Systems

1/09/18 → …

Cursus

System theory for control

1/09/15 → …

Cursus

Pers/media

Region Stability for a Class of Networked Control Systems [Sensors & Transducers (Canada)]

Maurice Heemels

12/03/14

1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Scriptie

Active damping of lenstop vibrations

Auteur: Verbeek, T., 31 dec 2000

Begeleider: Butler, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Damen, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Heemels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand

Adaptive pulse processing in energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

Auteur: Seker, H., 31 aug 2013

Begeleider: Guerreiro Tomé Antunes, D. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Janssen, B. (Externe coach), Kooijman, C. (Externe coach) & Heemels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

A scheduled control design for motion stages with varying sensor configurations

Auteur: van der Weijst, R., 31 dec 2014

Begeleider: Heertjes, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van Loon, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Heemels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

'Bandwidth-on-demand' control of a nano-manipulator

Auteur: Simon, A., 31 dec 2014

Begeleider: Heemels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van de Wouw, N. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Heertjes, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), de Boeij, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Hunnekens, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Continuous time input constrained LQR with applications

Auteur: Janssens, D., 18 mrt 2016

Begeleider: Heemels, W. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & van Keulen, T. (Begeleider)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master