Department of Mechanical Engineering

Control Systems Technology

The mission of the CST group is to develop new methods and tools in the area of Systems Theory, Control Engineering and Mechatronics. The research focuses on understanding the fundamental system properties that determine the performance of mechanical engineering systems, and exploiting this knowledge for the design of the high-tech systems of the future.

We want an internationally leading role in research, combined with inspiring education, valorisation through spin-off companies, and direct co-operation with industry.

Our overall research strategy is focused on performance-driven design and control. The performance of a controlled system is defined as the extent to which the actual behaviour of the system matches the intended behaviour, while being subject to disturbances acting on the system and variations in system dynamics. Performance requirements can be related, for instance, to the accurate tracking of a set-point (motion) or to the energy utilisation (hybrid vehicles). Fundamental properties that determine and possibly limit performance can be found in both external sources (disturbances acting on the system) and internal sources (system properties, controller properties, quality of sensors and actuators etc.). Only by an integrated design of both the mechatronic (hardware) system and the (software) controller the highest performance requirements can be achieved. 

Research lines

The research in our group is structured in 7 research lines. Click on the following links to learn more about each topic.

Meet some of our Researchers

Assistant Professor

Asia van de Mortel-Fronczak

Assistant Professor

Duarte Guerreiro Tomé Antunes

Education and Research Technician (Design and Development)

Ruud van den Bogaert

Assistant Professor

Lennart Blanken

Full Professor

Marcel Heertjes

Full Professor

Marco de Baar

University Professor

Maarten Steinbuch

Assistant Professor

Mauro Salazar

Doctoral Candidate

Koen Classens

Assistant Professor

Koen Tiels

Doctoral Candidate

Leontine Aarnoudse

Associate Professor

René van de Molengraft

Full Professor

Wan Fokkink

Full Professor

Astrid Kappers

University Researcher

Robbert van der Kruk

Full Professor

Hans Vermeulen

Assistant Professor

Cesar Lopez Martinez

Assistant Professor

Emilia Silvas

University Lecturer

Paul Vrancken

Doctoral Candidate

Merlijne Geurts

Assistant Professor

Bert van Beek

Associate Professor

Theo Hofman

Assistant Professor

Gert Witvoet

Full Professor

Frank Willems

Assistant Professor

Michelle Chong

Associate Professor

Michel Reniers

Full Professor

Tom Oomen

Doctoral Candidate

Olaf Borsboom

Doctoral Candidate

Alex Andrien

Assistant Professor

Thijs van Keulen

Doctoral Candidate

Maurice Poot

ICT Developer

Albert Hofkamp

Associate Professor

Pascal Etman

Full Professor

Maurice Heemels

Knowledge Valorisation Officer

Wouter Kuijpers

Assistant Professor

Jos Elfring

Doctoral Candidate

Ron de Bruijn

Education and Research Technician (Design and Development)

Harrie van de Loo

Assistant Professor

Joost van Eekelen

Full Professor

Herman Bruyninckx

Assistant Professor

Elena Torta

Past seminars and events

Research projects

The Control Systems Technology group is currently working on the following research project:

Our laboratories

The Control Systems Technology group shares the following laboratory facilities in the Mechanical Engineering Department

Student opportunities

The Control Systems Technology Group actively participates in the TU/e Bachelor College and Graduate School. The members of the CST group are responsible for many courses at Bsc(ME) and MSc levels, in the master programs of ME, AT, S&C and NF. Every year approximately 60 students finish their Master program within our group. Also, CST group participates in the PDEng program Automotive Systems Design as well as in the Graduate School DISC.

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