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, forinstance, 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 befound 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 can the highest performance requirements be achieved. 

Research lines

The research in our group is structured in 5 research lines. Click on the following links to learn more about eacht topic.

Meet some of our Researchers

Our laboratories

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

The Automotive Engineering Science (AES) laboratory

The Constructions and Mechanisms (C&M) laboratory

The Motion (DCT) laboratory

The Robotics laboratory

The Medical Robotics laboratory

The Systems Engineering laboratory


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.