Paul M.J. Van den Hof

Professor (project leader)

Paul Van den Hof is ERC Advanced Research Grant holder and project leader of this project. He is full professor and chair of the Control Systems Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His expertise is in system identification and model-based control and optimization. He is an IEEE and IFAC Fellow, and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

WPs: WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5

Xiaodong Cheng

Post Doc - Guest Researcher

Xiaodong Cheng was a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, during 2019 and 2020. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in system and control engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree (with distinction cum laude) in 2018 from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His main research interests include model reduction, control, and identification of network systems. Currently he is a research associate in the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge, UK.

WPs: WP2

Mircea Lazar

Associate Professor

Mircea Lazar (born in Iasi, Romania, 1978) received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Control
Engineering from the Technical University Gh. Asachi of Iasi, Romania (2002) and the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (2006), respectively. For the Ph.D. thesis he received the EECI (European Embedded Control Institute) Ph.D. award. He is currently holding a position of Associate Professor in the Control Systems group of the Electrical Engineering Faculty at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is an active member of the IFAC Technical Committee 2.3 Non-linear control systems. His research interests lie in stability theory,  distributed control, construction of Lyapunov functions and constrained control of nonlinear systems, including model predictive control..

WPs: WP4

Tijs Donkers

Associate Professor

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Giulio Bottegal

Guest Researcher

Giulio obtained his PhD from the University of Padova in 2013, working on latent
variable stochastic models. After the Phd, he spent three years (2013-2016) as a post doc at the Automatic Control Lab of KTH (Sweden) and one year (2016-2017) as a post doc at ESAT, KU Leuven (Belgium). Since April 2017, he is a post doc at the Department of Electrical Engineering of TU Eindhoven. He was a visiting Phd student at the Australian National University for a six-month period (2011-2012), and a visiting fellow at the same university (2013). In 2015, he spent a one-month visit at the CSPLab of the University of Melbourne (Australia). His research interests are primarily in the fields of system identification and machine learning. Since 2018 he is working at ASML, Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

WPs: WP1, WP2, WP3

Harm H.M. Weerts

Guest Researcher and former PhD student

Harm H.M. Weerts was born in Bergen, The Netherlands, in 1989. He received his
BSc degree from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, the Netherlands, in 2010, and his MSc degree in Systems and Control from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2014. In November 2018 he received the PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology, for a PhD thesis entitled: “Identifiability and Identification Methods for Dynamic Networks”. Since 2019 he is working as a mechatronics consultant at Alten, Eindhoven.

WPs: WP1, WP2

Jobert Ludlage


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Arne Dankers

Guest researcher

Arne Dankers received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada, and a Ph.D. degree from the Delft Center for Systems and Control at the Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands. He completed a Post-Doc position at the University of Calgary in partnership with Hifi Engineering Inc. Currently he is employed full time at Hifi Engineering where he applies system identification for leak detection in pipelines. His current research interests include system identification, dynamic networks, acoustic modelling and leak detection in pipelines.

WPs: WP1, WP2

PhD Students

Shengling Shi

Guest Researcher and former PhD student

Shengling Shi received his bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and his master degree (with great appreciation) in Automotive Technology from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in March 2017. The title of his master thesis was “Decentralized and Distributed Model Predictive Control of Vehicle Platoons”. From 2017-2021 mhe was PhD researcher in the SYSDYNET project, where on 1 September 2021 he obtained his PhD degree for a thesis entitled “Topological Aspects of Linear Dynamic Networks: Identifiability and Identification”. Shengling Shi is currently a Postdoc in the Delft Center for Systems and Control.

WPs: WP2

Khartik Raghavan Ramaswamy

Guest Researcher and former PhD student

Karthik Raghavan was born in Chennai, India in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics in 2011 from Anna University, India. He worked as Control & Automation engineer at Larsen & Toubro for 4 years after his bachelors. During the period of his work he completed his MBA degree. In 2017, he received his M.Sc. degree in Systems and Control (with great appreciation) at Eindhoven University of Technology. His M.Sc. thesis, entitled “Improved sampling for ensemble based reservoir optimization with and without uncertainty” was supervised by Paul Van den Hof. During the period 2017-2022, Karthik worked as a PhD candidate in the project System Identification in Dynamic Networks (SYSDYNET), and was awarded the PhD degree  (cum laude) in May 2022 for his thesis entitled, “A guide to learning modules in a dynamic network”, under supervision of Paul Van den Hof at TU/e. Since March 2022 he is employed by ASML, Veldhoven, The Netherlands.

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Tom R.V. Steentjes

Guest researcher and former PhD student

Tom Steentjes was born in Tilburg, the Netherlands, in 1993. He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (Automotive) in 2014, from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In 2016, he completed the Systems and Control master’s program at the TU/e. The MSc thesis, entitled “Feedback stabilization of nonlinear systems: “universal” constructions towards real-life applications’’, was supervised by dr. Alina Doban and dr. Mircea Lazar. The MSc degree was granted with distinction Cum Laude. From 2017-2022 he has been working as a PhD student in the Control Systems group, Department of Electrical Engineering, TU/e. In June 2022 he was awarded the PhD degree for his thesis entitled “Data-driven methods for distributed control of interconnected linear systems”.

WPs: WP4

E.M.M. (Lizan) Kivits

PhD student

Lizan Kivits received her BSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014 and her MSc degree in Systems and Control (with great appreciation) in 2017, both at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands. Her master thesis was entitled “Control Relevant Model Reduction for Disturbance Decoupling” and was supervised by prof.dr. S. Weiland. Currently, Lizan is working on the System Identification in Dynamic Networks (SYSDYNET) project under supervision of P.M.J. van den Hof at TU/e.

WPs: WP2, WP4

Mannes Dreef

Researcher and software developer

Mannes Dreef, born in Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1994, received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (Automotive) in 2016 and his MSc degree in Systems and Control (with great appreciation) in 2018 from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His MSc thesis entitled: “H-infinity and H-2 optimal sampled-data controller synthesis: A hybrid systems approach with generalized disturbance and performance channels” was supervised by M.C.F. Donkers. Mannes is currently working in the System Identification in Dynamic Networks (SYSDYNET) project as a researcher and software developer.  He is interested in networks with aperiodic, asynchronous and event-triggered sampling mechanisms, and is involved in the development of a Matlab toolbox with graphical user interface, for structural analysis of dynamic networks.

WPs: WP3, WP5

Stefanie Fonken

PhD student

Stefanie Fonken, born in Tilburg, the Netherlands in 1991, received her Bachelor in Mechatronic Engineering in 2014 from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven. After her Bachelor she worked as a Machine Engineer at Bosch Transmission Technology for 3 years. In 2020, she received her MSc degree in Systems and Control (with distinction cum laude) at Eindhoven Technical University (TU/e). Her MSc thesis, entitled “Multi-step scalable least squares method for network identification with unknown noise topology” was supervised by P.M.J. Van den Hof. Currently, Stefanie is working on the project System Identification in Dynamic Networks (SYSDYNET) as a PhD candidate under the supervision of P.M.J. Van den Hof at the Control Systems group TU/e.


WPs: WP1, WP2, WP5

Former project members

Mohsin Siraj

Post doc (until 1 November 2017)

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Currently the following open positions are available:

(1) Software developer (Researcher / research engineer)
We are looking for research fellows with a programming-oriented mindset to
contribute to the development of  a Matlab toolbox for dynamic network identification.

(2) Post-doc “Machine learning in dynamic network modeling”.

For more information on these positions, contact Prof. Paul Van den Hof.