Systems Theory and Automatic Control

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Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Findeisen

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






Research Interests and vision

Systems become increasingly complex and interconnected. They need to react autonomously to changes and disturbances. Control and systems theory is an enabling technology towards the analysis, safe operation and interoperation of such systems .

The research of my group aims towards the development of theoretical sound control methods for intelligent, safe interconnected autonomous systems operating in dynamically changing environments.
The developed approaches are based on methods from
  • model predictive control and optimal control
  • machine learning
  • uncertainty quantification
  • and optimization.
Special focus is layed on
  • the fusion of control and learning with guarantees
  • network-controlled/cyberphysical systems ensuring modularity, resilience, and plug and play operation
  • the control of mechatronic and robotic systems
The method developments are motivated and applied to challenging engineering and technological questions spanning from the field of mechatronics, robotics, medical engineering, energy systems, cyber-physical systems, autonomous driving, to synthetic biology, biotechnology and process control.



2020- Member DFG review board 407 Automation, Control, Robotics, Mechatronics, Cyber Physical Systems
2019- Scientific member of the committee for research buildings of the Wissenschaftsrat
2017 Visiting professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Mitsubish Electric Research Center, Cambridge
2017 Coordinator excellence cluster initiative, OvGU Magdeburg
2014 Offer full professor position (W3) at Universität Paderborn
2012 Visiting professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and EPF Lausanne
2008- Full chaired professor Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Laboratory for Systems Theory and Automatic Control
2004-2007 Researcher, Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, Frank Allgöwer, U. Stuttgart
2004 Dr.-Ing., University of Stuttgart, Department of Mechanical Engineering
1999-2004 Research assistant, Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, Frank Allgöwer, U. Stuttgart
1997-1999 Research assistant ETH-Zürich, Switzerland, Institute for Automatic Control
1997 Master of Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1998 Diploma Engineering Cybernetics, University of Stuttgart

Several research stays at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), EPFL Lausanne, University of California, Santa Barbara, Imperial College London, NTNU Trondheim, Norway, University of Sannio Benevento

Selected Honors and Services

2020 IPC Co-Chair IFAC World Congress 2020, Berlin
2020- Chair of the IFAC Committee on Process Control
2017- Chair of the IEEE Committee on Process Control
2017- International Progran Chair NMPC 2018, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2016 Keynote speaker Workshop on Control, Optimisation and Networks, U. of Cambridge
2016 Plenary speaker Congreso Nacional de Control Automatico, Mexico
2015 Head Internet of Things activity group, IEEE TC Networks and Communications
2015 Plenary speaker IFAC Workshop Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC 2015)/td>
2014- Spokesperson of the GAMM Fachausschusses Dynamik und Regelungstheorie
2012-2015 IEEE Control Systems Society International Affairs Chair


2018- Associated editor Processes
2015-2018 Associated editor IEEE Trans. Control of Network Systems
2013- Editor Journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods
2012-2017- Associated editor IEEE Control Systems Magazin

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