Head Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Meurer

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Education, Dissertation and Habilitation

  • 03/2012: Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Control Systems Technology and Control Theory, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 06/2005: Dissertation (Dr.-Ing.) in Automation and Control, University of Stuttgart, Germany, PhD-thesis: Feedforward and Feedback Tracking Control of Diffusion-Convection-Reaction Systems using Summability Methods
  • 03/2001: Diplom (Dipl.-Ing.) in Process Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Main areas: Control Theory; Engineering Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics
  • 12/2000: M.Sc. in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (GA), USA
  • 07/1994: University Entrance Diploma (Abitur)

 

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 04/2016-09/2016: Managing Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • 11/2012-present: Full Professor (W 3) for Automatic Control at Christian-Albrechts-Unversität of Kiel
  • 05/2012-10/2012: Associate Professor (Privatdozent) for Control Systems Technology and Control Theory at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 06/2007-10/2012: Work group leader for Distributed-parameter systems, Automation and Control Instiute, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 06/2007-04/2012: Senior scientist with the Complex Dynamical Systems Group at the Automation and Control Instiute, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 10/2005-05/2007: Post-doc with the Chair of System Dynamics and Automatic Control (Prof. Kugi), Saarland University, Germany, Partly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the project ME-3231/1-1 (2007-2009)
  • 04/2001-09/2005: Doctoral researcher at the Institute of System Dynamics and Control Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany Partly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the project ZE 163/7 (Prof. Zeitz)
  • 01/2000-08/2000: Graduate researcher at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

 

Awards and Scholarships

  • 12/2012: Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreis
  • 06/2009: Eugen-Hartmann Award of the VDI/VDE-Gesellschaft Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik (GMA)
  • 04/2001: Sigma-Xi "Best M.S.-Thesis Award" - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (GA)
  • 08/1999: Scholarship of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and the Institute of Applied and Experimental Mechanics (Prof. L. Gaul), University of Stuttgart for an Integrated Exchange Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (GA), USA, with Prof. L. Jacobs

 

Invited and Plenary Talks

  • Tracking control for PDEs in single and higher dimensions
    Plenary Talk, Workshop 'Stability and Control of Infinite-Dimensional Systems', University of Passau, Germany (12.10.2016)
  • PDE-based multi-agent deployment
    ISYS 2016 Decennial Workshop, Universität Stuttgart, Germany (20.04.2016)
  • Motion planning for PDEs - a flatness-based approach
    Seminar Talk, Centre Automatique et Systemes, MINES ParisTech, France (17.12.2015)
  • Numerik und Simulation in der Automatisierungs- und Regelungstechnik
    Seminar Talk, Ringvorlesung "Numerische Simulation", CAU Kiel, Germany (10.12.2015), Video available here.
  • Flachheitsbasierte Folgeregelung verteilt-parametrischer Systeme
    Seminar Talk, Institute of System Dynamics, Universität Stuttgart, Germany (23.01.2015)
  • Model-based control and estimation in process systems engineering
    Invited Talk, Workgroup Seminar, Bioprocess Technology Working Group, TU Vienna, Austria (03.07.2014)
  • Folgeregelung für verteilt-parametrische Systeme
    9. Elgerburg Workshop, Elgersburg, Germany (02.03.-06.03.2014)
  • Motion planning and tracking control for PDE systems
    Lothar-Collatz-Kolloquium für Angewandte Mathematik, Universität Hamburg, Germay (11.04.2013)
  • Trajektorienplanung und Folgeregelung für verteilt-parametrische Systeme: Von der Methodenentwicklung zur Anwendung
    Seminar Talk, Chair of Automatic Control and Systems Theory, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, (15.11.2012)
  • Model-based control of piezoactuated flexible structures: motion planning, stabilization and tracking
    Plenary Talk, International Workshop 'New Trends and Challenges in Modeling and Control of Microsystems', Besancon, France (31.05.-01.06.2012)
  • Nicht-kollokierte Stabilisierung eines Euler-Bernoulli Balkens mit verteilten Aktoren
    Invited Talk, Kolloquium zur Theorie und Praxis von Systemen mit verteilten Parametern, Saarbrücken, Germany (17.01.2012) 
  • PDE motion planning for finite-time multi-agent deployment
    Invited Talk, 7th Workshop on Control of Distributed Parameter Systems (CDPS), Wuppertal, Germany, (18-22.07.2011)
  • Trajectory Planning and Tracking Control for Spatial-Temporal Systems: Paradigms, Methods and Applications
    Plenary Talk, Symposium on Analysis and Control of Infinite-Dimensional Systems in the Engineering Sciences, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany (18-19.11.2010)
  • Tracking Control Design for Distributed-Parameter Systems: From Theory to Applications
    Invited Talk, Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD), University of California, San Diego, USA (09.03.2009)
  • Flachheitsbasierte Folgeregelung für verteilt-parametrische Systeme
    Invited Talk, Regelungstechnisches Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Regelungstechnik, TU München, München, Germany (25.09.2007)
  • Steuerungsentwurf und Trajektorienplanung für elastische unendlich-dimensionale Systeme - Ein flachheitsbasierter Zugang
    Invited Talk, Mechatronisches Kolloquium, Univ. des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany (13.04.2005)
  • Feedforward and feedback control of nonlinear diffusion-convection-reaction equations using summability methods
    Invited Talk, Kolloquium Technische Kybernetik, Univ. Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (29.06.2004)
  • Ein modaler Zugang für die flachheitsbasierte Steuerung von elastischen unendlich-dimensionalen Systemen
    Invited Talk, Institute of Automatic Control and Control Systems Technology, Kepler Univ. Linz, Austria (28.04.2004)
  • Randsteuerung und flachheitsbasierte Folgeregelung von Systemen mit verteilten Parametern
    Invited Talk, Institute of Automatic Control and Control Systems Technology, Kepler Univ. Linz, Austria (28.04.2004)
  • Flachheitsbasierte Steuerung und Regelung von Systemen mit verteilten Parametern
    Invited Talk, Institut für Regelungstechnik, RWTH-Aachen, Germany (30.07.2003) 
  • Flatness-based control of linear and nonlinear parabolic systems with distributed parameters
    Invited Talk, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (GA), USA (09.10.2002)

 

Editorship

  • Since 01/2017: Associate Editor for IEEE Control Systems Letters
  • Since 04/2014: Associate Editor for IFAC Automatica
  • IPC Associate Editor for IFAC World Congress 2014, Capetown
  • Since 06/2012: Member of the IEEE Conference Editorial Board
  • Since 07/2010: Associate Editor for IFAC Control Engineering Practice

 

Technical Committees

 

Conference Organization

  • 1st IFAC Workshop on the Control of Systems Modeled by Partial Differential Equations (CPDE 2013), September 25-27, 2013, Paris, France
  • Symposium on Nonlinear Control and Observer Design - From Theory to Applications (SYNCOD), September 15-16, 2005, Stuttgart, Germany, see also Summary (German) and the Proceedings (SpringerLink)
  • IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (NOLCOS), September 1-3, 2004, Stuttgart, Germany, National Organization (with Prof. M. Zeitz)
  • 36. Regelungstechnisches Kolloquium, February 20-22, 2002, Boppard, Germany (Scientific Organization with Prof. M. Zeitz)

 

Conference Chair and Session Organization

  • Invited/Organized Session Chair, IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) 2017, Munich (D)
  • IPC Co-Chair (with Enrique Zuazua), 1st IFAC Workshop on the Control of Systems Modeled by Partial Differential Equations (CPDE 2013), Paris (FR)
  • Section Chair "Dynamics and Control", GAMM Annual Meeting, 2011, Graz (AT)
  • Section Chair "Oscillations", GAMM Annual Meeting, 2008, Bremen (D)
  • Member IPC: IFAC World Congress 2017, Toulouse (F); IFAC MINCON 2015, St. Petersburg (RUS); IPC MATHMOD 2015, Vienna (AT); IPC European Control Conference (ECC) 2015, Linz (AT); IPC IFAC World Congress 2014, Capetown (SA); IFAC ADCHEM, 2012, Singapore

 

Session and Workshop Organization

  • Workshop "New Trends in Control of Distributed Parameter Systems" (with Yann Le Gorrec, Miroslav Krstic), IEEE CDC, 2016, Las Vegas (USA)
  • Minisymposium "Control of partial differential equations" (with Frank Woittenek), GAMM Annual Meeting, 2016, Braunschweig (D)
  • Invited Sessions "Control of Distributed-Parameter Systems I-III" (with Yann Le Gorrec), IFAC World Congress, 2014, Capetown (SA)
  • Invited Sessions "Estimation and Control of DPS I-II" (with Michael Demetriou), European Control Conference (ECC), 2013, Zurich (CH)
  • Invited Session "Computational Methods in Control" (with Andreas Steinböck, Nicolas Petit), ECCOMAS, 2012, Vienna (A)
  • Invited Session "Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems" (with Yann Le Gorrec), MATHMOD, 2012, Vienna (A)
  • Invited Session "Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Distributed-Parameter Systems with Applications" (with Karl Rieger), IFAC NOLCOS, 2010, Bologna (I)
  • Invited Session "Analysis and Control of Distributed-Parameter Systems with Applications" (with Oliver Sawodny), IEEE CCA, 2006, Munich (D)
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