Systems Theory and Automatic Control

M.Sc. Johanna Bethge

Johanna Bethge

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant

Institute for Automation Engineering (IFAT)
Laboratory for Systems Theory and Automatic Control
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
39106 Magdeburg, Germany


G07 - 209


(+49) 0391-67 58894


(+49) 0391-67 11191


Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
  • Path Following
  • Machine Learning Algorithm for Control Applications, in particular Gaussian Processes
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Proceedings (peer reviewed)

[3] J. Bethge, B. Morabito, J. Matschek, and R. Findeisen. Multi-mode learning supported model predictive control with guarantees. In Proceedings of 6th Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Conference (NMPC), pages 616--621, Madison, United States, 2018.
[2] K. J. Kazim, J. Bethge, J. Matschek, and R. Findeisen. Combined predictive path following and admittance control. In Proceedings of American Control Conference (ACC), pages 3153--3158, Milwaukee, United States, 2018. [ DOI ]
[1] J. Matschek, J. Bethge, P. Zometa, and R. Findeisen. Force feedback and path following using predictive control: Concept and application to a lightweight robot. In Proceedings of 19th IFAC World Congress Toulouse, pages 10243--10248, Toulouse, France, 2017. [ DOI ]

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Teaching Activity



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Thesis and Student Projects

If you are interested in doing your thesis on Model Predictive Control in the context of robotics or autonomous driving, don't hesitate to contact me!
Send me a short e-mail with the following information, this may increase your chances of being considered as a candidate:
- a brief description of who you are: name, study program, time planned for developing the project,
- A transcript of your grades from Bachelor and Master studies (pdf-file),
- which project are you interested in,
- a clear statement of why you think you could succesfully complete the project,
- A curriculum vitae (max. one page) with the information that is relevant to the project (do not include hobbies or primary school info, for example) (pdf-file).

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Currently, I'm working as a Ph.D. student and research assistant under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Findeisen at the Institute for Automation Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. Since April 2017 I am additionally a fellow of the research training group Mathematical Complexity Reduction.

I studied Systems Engineering and Engineering Cybernetics at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg until November 2016. The topic of my master thesis was the conceptuation and implementation of a hybrid force/position model predictive controller for path following. The application was the KUKA lightweight robot IV. During 2013/2014 I studied at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland.

I have spent internships at the Robert Bosch GmbH in Schwieberdingen in 2012 and at the Cibite AG in Donauwörth in 2014. In 2011 and 2012 I was part of the organizing team of the RoboCup German Open. Since December 2016 I am a member of Rolf Findeisen's Group for Systems Theory and Automatic Control. Go to Top