News Archive

Five papers accepted for the conferences IEEE IROS, IEEE CDC and CCE

Jul 21, 2019

Lately five papers have been accepted for major control conferences. These are

  • Reinhold, J.; Amersdorfer, M.; Meurer, T.: A Dynamic Optimization Approach for Sloshing Free Transport of Liquid Filled Containers Using an Industrial Robot, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • de los Reyes, H.F.; Schaum, A.; Meurer, T.; Alvarez, J.: Passivity-based output-feedback control for a class of 1-D semilinear PDE models, 2019 16th International Conference on Electrical Engineering, Computing Science and Automatic Control (CCE)
  • Lutz, M.; Freudenthaler, G.; Roduner, C.; Meurer, T.: UKF-based Constrained Extremum-Seeking Control with Application to a Large-Bore Gas Engine, 2019 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
  • Feketa, P.; Schaum, A.; Jerono, P.; Meurer, T.: Impulsive observer design for a class of continuous biological reactors, 2019 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
  • de los Reyes, H.F.; Schaum, A.; Meurer, T.; Alvarez, J.: Nonlinear output-feedback control of a class of semilinear parabolic PDEs, 2019 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)

Professor-Werner-Petersen-Award for Jan Reinhold

Jan 25, 2019

Congratulations to Jan Reinhold for receiving the 2018 Professor-Werner-Petersen-Award for the best Master Thesis. We are pround that members of our group have received this award twice in a row with Manuel Amersdorfer being the 2017 recipient. Jan's master thesis "Trajektorienplanung für den Transport von schwappenden Flüssigkeiten mittels eines 7-DOF Industrieroboters" was supervised by Manuel Amersdorfer  and Prof. Thomas Meurer.

Award ceremony.









Photo: Axel Schön


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Presenting at SMM2018 about „Predictive and automated ship guidance and motion control”

Sep 13, 2018

Please check out the press announcement (in German) of Kiel University concerning our participation at the Maritime Research Forum organized by the Deutsches Maritimes Zentrum during the SMM2018 in Hamburg:

The english summary of our contribution „Predictive and automated ship guidance and motion control” is provided below: 

Predictive guidance and motion control is developed for the operation and the maneuvering of autonomous vessels in constrained calm waters such as harbors. Based on a mathematical model of the ship dynamics a dynamic optimal control problem is formulated and solved that enables us to address the time optimal, the economic or the energy optimal motion of the vessel. Maneuvers include landing, take off and evasion in constrained environments. In addition to constraints on the propulsion and the rudder static and dynamically moving obstacles representing other vessels operating in the same area are explicitly taken into account. To be able to adjust in real-time to changes in the environment, e.g., by means of emerging or vanishing obstacles, the optimal control problem is solved on a receding time horizon, which allows us to include online information into the solution of the guidance and motion control problem. Different approaches are evaluated and compared to achieve a real-time solution of the receding horizon optimal control problem, which is crucial in view of the implementation of the resulting algorithms. For the evaluation of the approach various simulation studies are performed for challenging guidance and motion control scenarios. This includes the consideration of static and moving obstacles as well as disturbances by means of wind, gust or current.


Prof. Meurer is speaker at the "Deutsch-Dänisches Automatisierungsforum"

May 15, 2018

Prof. Meurer will be a speaker at the "Deutsch-Dänisches Automatisierungsforum" (German-Danish Automation Forum). This meeting does constitute the German kickoff of the EU Interreg Project "InProReg". Further information is available here.

Thomas Meurer new Vice-Chair of VDI/GMA Technical Division 1

Mar 28, 2018

In March 2018 Prof. Meurer has been elected as Vice-Chair of the Technical Division 1 'Fundamentals and Methods of Measurement and Automatic Control' of the VDI Society Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA). 

Thomas Meurer is speaker and panel member at conference "Arbeiten 4.0"

Jan 26, 2018

Prof. Meurer will be a speaker and participant at a panel discussion during the conference "Arbeit 4.0", which will take place in Kiel on March 6th, 2018. Further information is available here:

New publication on model-based control in deep drawing processes

Feb 13, 2018

Böhm, T.; Meurer, T.: Trajectory Planning and Tracking Control for the Temperature Distribution in a Deep Drawing Tool, Control Engineering Practice, 64, 127-139, 2017.

Use this link provided by the publisher to access the article without registration or sign-up (valid until June 24th, 2017).


The deep drawing process and the resulting product quality essentially rely on the temperature distribution inside the tool. For temperature manipulation and control a flatness-based design technique for thermal trajectory planning and feedforward control for a deep drawing tool is developed based on a distributed parameter system description. Heating cartridges, that are embedded into the tool structure, serve as actuators to insert energy into the system with the desire to transfer the spatial-temporal temperature distribution from an initial to a desired final stationary profile. To address the complex-shaped geometry of the tool a high-order finite element (FE) approximation is deduced and combined with model-order reduction techniques to determine a sufficiently low order system representation that is applicable for optimal actuator placement. For this, a mixed-integer optimization problem is formulated based on a particular reduced-order formulation of the controllability Gramian. The resulting actuator configuration is exploited for flatness-based trajectory planning by constructing a virtual output that differentially parametrizes any system state and input. This implies a particularly intuitive approach to solve the thermal trajectory planning problem. Convergence of the differential parametrization is analyzed in the continuous limit as the finite element approximation approaches the continuum model. Re-summation techniques are integrated into the design to enhance the domain of applicability of the approach. The feedforward control is combined with industry-standardized proportional-integral-derivative (PID) output error feedback control within the so-called two-degree-of-freedom (2DOF) control concept. Simulation and experimental results obtained for a fully equipped forming tool are presented and confirm the applicability of the proposed design technique and the tracking performance. In addition, the results of this paper present a first experimental validation of flatness-based trajectory planning for thermal systems with three-dimensional spatial domain.

New DFG-ANR cooperation project has started

Feb 13, 2018

The project "Interconnected infinite-dimensional systems for heterogeneous media" (INFIDHEM) has started with a kick-off meeting in Lyon from March 1st to 2nd, 2017.  The project is devoted to the analysis and the control of partial differential equations and the technological application of the developed methods. This German-French research project is jointly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and its French counterpart, L'Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), for a period of three years with a volume of 1.4 Mio. EUR. 

Project partners are

  • Wuppertal University (Prof. Birgit Jacob)
  • Technical University Munich (Prof. Boris Lohmann)
  • Kiel University (Prof. Thomas Meurer)
  • École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique Microtechniques (Prof. Yann Le Gorrec)
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Prof. Bernhard Maschke)
  • École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Prof. Denis Matignon)


Thomas Meurer new chair of VDI/GMA Technical Committee 1.40

Sep 25, 2016

In September 2016 Prof. Meurer has been elected as new chair of the Technical Committee 1.40 'Theoretical Methods of Closed-loop Control Engineering' of the VDI Society Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA). 

Further information about the activities of the committee can be found here (in German). 

Half-Day workshop on "New trends in control of distributed parameter systems" accepted for the 55th IEEE CDC in Las Vegas

Jul 07, 2016

The half-day workshop "New trends in control of distributed parameter systems" by Yann Le Gorrec, Thomas Meurer, Miroslav Krstic has been accepted for the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) to be held in Las Vegas (US) from December 12-14th, 2016. For further information consult the CDC workshop webpage.

Thomas Meurer invited speaker at the workshop "Stability and Control of Infinite-Dimensional Systems" in Passau

Feb 13, 2015

For details consult the website of the workshop.

Keynote Paper at IFAC DYCOPS-CAB 2016

May 17, 2016

The paper "Pointwise innovation-based state observation of exothermic tubular reactors" co-authored by A. Schaum, J. Alvarez, T. Meurer, and J. Moreno has been selected as Keynote Paper for the IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems (DYCOPS-CAB) to be held in Trondheim (NO) from June 6-8, 2016.

Thomas Meurer appointed Associate Editor for IFAC Journal Automatica

Mar 20, 2014

Thomas Meurer awarded the Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreis

Dec 15, 2012

Thomas Meurer has received this award for his habiliation thesis entitled "Contributions to Motion Planning and Tracking Control for Distributed-Parameter Systems in Single- and Higher-Dimensional Spatial Domains" completed at the Technical University Vienna. An extended version of this contribution is published with Springer-Verlag

Received Best Interactive Paper Prize at the IFAC World Congress 2017

Jul 16, 2017

We are very happy to announce that we have been awarded the IFAC Congress Best Interactive Paper Prize at the 2017 IFAC World Congress in Toulouse. Our contribution

Robust adaptive output-feedback tracking control for microalgae cultures by Alexander Schaum, Henning Weisbarth and Thomas Meurer

was thereby selected from 612 papers that were presented in the Interactive Paper category.

In the paper a feedforward-feedback control strategy for trajectory tracking of microalgae cultures is developed and experimentally evaluated. On the basis of the Droop model, an inversion-based feedforward control is determined which steers the biomass from given initial to final values in a finite, prescribed time. Model-free feedback control is employed for disturbance resiliance and improving the stability properties of the desired trajectory. The approach is evaluated using numerical simulations and experiments in a lab-scale photocatalytic reactor with Chlorella sorokiniana.


This project was partly supported by the Cluster of Excellence ”The Future Ocean”. The ”Future Ocean” is funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on behalf of the German federal and state governments.