Systems Theory and Automatic Control

M.Sc. Maik Pfefferkorn

Maik Pfefferkorn

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 52212


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on:

  • Machine Learning-supported (Model Predictive) Control (MPC)
  • Gaussian Processes (GPs) for Systems Modeling
  • Uncertainty Propagation and Safety Guarantees in GP-based MPC
  • Control of Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy


Proceedings (peer reviewed)

[1] M. Pfefferkorn, M. Maiworm, C. Wagner, F. S. Tautz, and R. Findeisen. Fusing online Gaussian process-based learning and control for scanning quantum dot microscopy. In 59th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pages 5525--5531. IEEE, 2020.


  • M. Pfefferkorn. Sparse Online Gaussian Process Regression for Two-Degree-Of-Freedom Control of Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy. Master's thesis, Institute for Automation Engineering, University of Magdeburg. 2020.
  • M. Pfefferkorn. Bedeutung der Deubiquitinylase- und E3-Ligase-Aktivität von TNFAIP3 (A20) für die Helicobacter pylori-abhängige NF-κB-Aktivität. Bachelor's thesis, Institute for Experimental Internal Medicine, University of Magdeburg. 2018.

Teaching Activity


Student Projects

Supervisor or co-supervisor of the following student projects:
  • Formal Verification of a Robotic Arm using Hybrid Model Checking (M. Dittmer)

Thesis and Student Projects

If you are interested in doing your thesis on

  • Machine learning-supported (model predictive) control, or
  • Control of scanning quantum dot microscopy,

then contact me by e-mail giving the following information:

  • a brief description of who you are: name, study program, prerequisites
  • which project/topic you are interested in
  • time planned for developing the project/thesis


  • Since 06/2020: Regular fellow of the graduate program Mathematical Complexity Reduction, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)

  • Since 03/2020: Ph.D. student and research assistant at the Chair for Systems Theory and Automatic Control (Prof. Rolf Findeisen), Institute for Automation Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)

  • 01/2020: Master's degree (M.Sc.) in Biosystems Engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)

  • 05/2018: Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) in Biosystems Engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)
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