Tom Oomen receives Young Researcher Award

September 6, 2019

This award is granted by IFAC 4.2 Technical Committee


Tom Oomen, Associate Professor from the Control Systems Technology group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering has received the 2019 TC 4.2 Young Researcher Award. He accepted the award last Thursday in Vienna, at the IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems.

Oomen has received this award for advanced motion control for precision mechatronics. In collaboration with his team and a large number of national and international collaborators, he has obtained several major breakthroughs in the fundamental aspects of model-based control, system identification, and (iterative) learning control. These have substantially contributed to developments in mechatronic control system design. The results have been implemented in industrial machines and products of large companies such as Océ/Canon, Philips, and ASML, and have led to major progress in a large range of microscale and nanoscale accurate positioning systems.

Tom Oomen receives his prize from prof. Reza Moheimani, chair of the award selection committee, in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Oomen has an active role in the field, including the yearly organisation of sessions at major conferences, plenary lectures, industry consulting, and industry courses. In addition, he has served as associate editor for several major journals and conferences in the field of mechatronic systems in addition to vice-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems.

The Young Research Award is presented triennially by IFAC TC 4.2 to a researcher who is 40 years old or younger (on the first of January each year) who has an established history of participation in and contributions to IFAC mechatronic systems activities, and who has demonstrated outstanding research contributions in mechatronics, either of a fundamental or applied nature.