Milan Anderle

Milan Anderle (*1984) was a doctoral student supervised by Sergej Čelikovský since 2008 through 2016. He received his Ing. degree (M.Sc.) in cybernetics and measurement with major in control engineering (summa cum laude) at Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, in 2008. His current doctoral research focused on nonlinear control of underactuated mechanical systems and revolves around walking robots. He not only studies the theoretical issues but also works on implementation. He actively collaborated with researchers from Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes, France, namely with Claude H. Moog and Christine Chevallereau.

Petr Augusta

Petr Augusta was a doctoral student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák. He conducted research in the theoretical domain of spatially distributed dynamic systems. He defended his thesis in 2011 and got a position of a researcher at Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, namely at Institute of Theory of Information and Automation (in Czech: ÚTIA).

Jana Babováková

Jana Babováková graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague in 2013. Her undergraduate and graduate research revolved about analysis of differential-algebraic equations. She joined the AA4CC group for three months in June through September 2013 and worked on the topic of optimal switching for distributed manipulation.

Prateek Benhal

Prateek was a postdoctoral research who joined the group in late 2014. He received his M.S degree in mechanical engineering, majoring in control systems and robotics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. Then he pursued his PhD research in applied biotechnology (Bio-MEMS) and microrobotics at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and received his degree in 2014. He is now investigating various aspects of micromanipulation of biological particles such as cells using electrokinetics and dielectrophoresis.

Marek Bundzel

Marek Bundzel was a visiting researcher at AA4CC since October 2012. He was working on the topic of learning for single slot cars and platoons of slot cars. His home institution is Technical University in Košice, Slovakia, where he holds a position of an assistant professor at Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence.

Pawel Dabkowski

Dr. Pawel Dabkowski was a postdoctoral researcher with the AA4CC group since the summer 2011 to the summer 2012. He came from Poland. His major research interests are multidimensional systems and signals, iterative learning control and repetitive systems. During his postdoc stay he focused on application of these concepts to the distributed control of spatially distributed systems.

Kamil Dolinský

Kamil Dolinský was a doctoral student supervised by Sergej Čelikovský since 2010. Kamil came to Prague after graduating from Technical University in Košice, Slovakia, in 2010. In 2018 he defended his doctoral thesis on the topic of Algorithms for Complex Bipedal Walking.

Jakub Drs

Jakub is a second-year graduate student who is conducting research in the domain of instrumentation (in particular electronics) and control system design for micromanipulation based on dielectrophoresis. He is also fast learner in the broader domain of microfluidics and electrokinetics, in particular when it comes to clever microfabrication tricks. Jakub was one of the key persons involved in the successful participation of the group at 2012 NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, where the team ranked fourth. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Hlávka's foundation prize to excellent students. Currently (as of fall 2014 through early winter 2015) he has been with Yves Bellouard at TU Eindhoven, gaining experince in other areas of microsystems (femtosecond lasers, ...). In January 2015 he followed hist host to EPFL to spend the rest of his internship (till the early spring 2015) there. 

Jaromír Dvořák

Jaromír Dvořák is a hardware and sofware developer within the R&D project aimed at developing inertially stabilized camera platforms. He has graduated from the same department in 2011 and having spend one year as a freelancer in electronics and automation, he rejoined the group in 2012 as a part-time member. Besides his work in the domain of inertial stabilization, Jaromír also co-supervises some student(s) within his long term dream of developing a formation of, say, five or ten unmanned indoor mini quadcopters (NanoQuad platform).

Miroslav Halás

Miroslav Halás was a visiting researcher at AA4CC for three months in the fall 2012. He holds a position of an associate professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. His research focus is on nonlinear systems, all continuous-, discrete-time and time-delay. In particular, he works on transfer function approach towards nonlinear systems.

Tomáš Haniš

Tomáš Haniš was a doctoral student at AA4CC group. He was supervised by Martin Hromčík since 2008. He defended the thesis in May 2012. His focus was on applications of advanced techniques for low-order robust controllers to control of flexible structures, in particular aircraft. He spent half a year with EADS in Munich working on a feedforward compensation of wind gust induced structural load. As an outcome of this internship, a patent was filed.

Ivo Herman

Ivo is a doctoral student supervised by Michael Šebek since September 2012. He got his Ing. (MSc) degree at Brno University of Technology in 2012 for his work on sensorless control of electric motors supervised by Pavel Václavek. Ivo's doctoral research is focused on control theory for distributed and networked systems.

Mainly he does research in a scaling in distributed control, especially in vehicular platoons. He tries to find the limitations imposed by the graph topology, regardless of what model of the agent is used.

Martin Hromčík

Dr. Martin Hromčík was a member of the AA4CC group before he left it to start his own one at the same department. Martin is an assistant professor at the Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 2005 for his work on numerical algorithms for polynomials and polynomial matrices used in optimal control and filtering such as solvers for diophantine equations and spectral factorization. His current research interests are in applications of advanced control methods in aerospace.

Brahim Jawad

Brahim Khalil Jawad was a postdoctoral researcher who joined the AA4CC group in October 2012 after getting his Ph.D. degree in Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes (IRCCyN), France. He stayed in Prague for one year, till the end of September 2013. Brahim's research in AA4CC group was focused on modeling of electric and magnetic fields in the domain of distributed micromanipulation by shaping force fields through arrays of actuators.

Ibragim Junussov

Ibragim Junussov was a postdoctoral researcher who stayed with the AA4CC group since June 2013 till August 2015. Ibragim got his Ph.D. with Prof. A. Fradkov at St. Petersburg State University, Department of Theoretical Cybernetics. His research focus has been on adaptive synchronization in dynamical networks, in particular using the concept of passification. During his time with AA4CC he continued working on the same topic.

Petr Kujan

Dr. Petr Kujan was a doctoral student and then a postdoctoral researcher at AA4CC group. He finished his doctoral thesis on the theoretical issue of numerical methods for optimal PWM switching strategy in 2009. The core of the work are tailored methods for solution of structured linear systems. Then he was granted a postdoctoral grant from the Granta Agency of Czech Republic which enabled him to go on with his research. He explored the ways in which his new PWM strategy can be used in audio systems. Peter left the group in 2012 for industry.

Michal Kvasnica

Michal Kvasnica was a visiting research at AA4CC for three monhts in the fall 2012. As a Ph.D. graduate from ETH in Zurich (prof. Morari's group), Michal's focus during his stay was on the use of model predictive control in distributed control settings investigated by our group, namely, distributed manipulation by shaping force fields and distributed control of vehicular platoons..

Jan Machek

Jan was an MSc student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák. He worked on a few issues related to microfluidics and electrokinetics; in particular, electroosmosis and dielectrophoresis. His work involved both hands-dirty lab sessions (microfabrication for microfluidics, laboratory experimentation) and theoretical (or computational) endeavours (modeling and simulation of microfluics and electrokinetics, mostly using FEM, computational control design). His ultimate goal was to demonstrate the capability to control flow of liquid in a flat reservoir (unlike most works that show it in a micro-channel) by controlling voltages applied to an array of microelectrodes.

Dan Martinec

Dan Martinec (*1987) was a doctoral student since the summer 2012 working on theoretical and experimental aspects of distributed control of platoons of vehicles. He submitted his work in December 2015. The defence is planned in 2016. He was supervised by Prof. Michael Šebek. He worked on mathematical framework for control of platoons of vehicles. He has also designed several experimental platforms, namely, a 10-vehicle experiment with Carrera slot cars and a similar platform based on Lego Mindstorms NXT.

Josef Matouš

Josef Matouš was a graduate student (since October 2018) but he started collaborating with the AA4CC group already through his undergraduate project. He worked on noncontact manipulation using and an array of ultrasonic (piezo) transducers under supervision of Martin Gurtner. He was awarded Dean's Award for Excellent Thesis. After graduating in the summer 202 he joined prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen at NTNU as a doctoral student and started working in the domain of fleets of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Tomáš Michálek

Tomáš was a doctoral student conducting research in the domain of distributed micromanipulation based on dielectrophoresis under supervision of Zdeněk Hurák. He started his doctoral studies in 2016 and defended in 2020. The three reviewers of his thesis were prof. Michael Hughes (University of Surrey, UK), prof. Stéphane Régnier (Sorbonne Université, France), and prof. Antonio Ramos Reyes (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain).

His research focus was on mathematical modeling of dielectrophoresis and other electrokinetic phenomena and real-time optimization-based (micro)manipulation using arrays of actuators. Besides solving computational problems, Tomáš was also involved in laboratory experimental verification of the proposed control strategies. A particular research task that Tomáš was investigating was the independent but simultaneous manipulation with several microparticles (possibly of biological origin). His ultimate motivation was to contribute to development of a cheap Lab-on-a-Chip device for affordable and fast bioanalysis such as detection of cancer or some infection. Tomáš was driven by the conviction that advanced methods from control theory, robotics a automation can make a major impact in the Lab-on-Chip domain.

Tomáš joined the group as early as in his final undergraduate year while working on the project supervised by Jiří Zemánek. He was one of the key team members who brought the team's dielectrophoretic setup to a succesful participation at Mobile Microrobotics Challenge organized by NIST in 2012 and IEEE RAS in 2013. This collaboration with Jiří Zemánek culminated in the successfuly defended master's thesis in June 2015, which was awarded Dean’s prize.


Adam Polák

Adam was a master student who started his graduate studies in the fall 2017, but he joined the AA4CC group towards the end of his undergraduate studies when he worked on the project of building high accuracy and yet affordable computer-controllable syringe pumps. Within his master's studies he is involved in development of a motion control system for an industrial microelectronics assembly machine. In particular, he focuses on control design for a dual stage consisting of a PMSM and voice coil motors, focusing on the problem of soft landing (hybrid position and force control. He graduated in the summer 2019.

Martin Řezáč

Martin Řezáč was a doctoral student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák since 2008.He was one of the two key developers of the control system for the inertially stabilized aerial camera platform. Withing his doctoral research he remained in the domain of inertial stabilization and estimation in combination with visual servoing. He left the group at the end of August 2012 for his new position of a research engineer in Porsche Engineering. The formal process of bringing him to a doctoral thesis defense has been started. It is expected that the defense will take place at the beginning of 2013.

Filip Richter

Filip graduated from the master's Cybernetics and Robotics program at CTU in Prague in the summer 2017. At the beginning of the fall 2017 he joined the AA4CC group for two years as an R&D engineer assisting the group with development of dedicated digital and analog electronics, mainly within the projects investigating industrial motion control and research projects on manipulation using dielectrophoresis and magnetophoresis.He left for industry in 2019.

Jan Salášek

Jan Salášek (*1987) is an R&D engineer in charge of implementing the electronics and control system for several inertially stabilized camera platforms developed at the group in collaboration with VTÚLaPVO and other partners.

Aram Simonian

Aram was with the group as a graduate student. He conducted research in the domain of noncontact planar manipulation by shaping magnetic field. Within his final graduate project he was investigating possible applications of reinforcement learning to the control for MagMan platform developed by the group.

Otakar Šprdlík

Otakar Šprdlík was a doctoral student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák. He conducted research in inertial estimation and detection for neurology and rehabilitation engineering. He collaborated intensively with researchers and specialists from the Department of Neurology from the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, namely with the team of prof. Evžen Růžička. He defended his thesis in October 2012. He left the university for an industrial automation company.

Jakub Tomášek

Jakub has been working on both instrumentation and algorithms for distributed estimation of a position of an iron ball rolling over a surface above an array of coils. The presence of a ball in the vicinity of a coil is detected through a change in self-inductance of the coil, as well as mutual inductance among the neighbor coils. The ultimate goal is to contribute to seeing the MagMan platform truly modular, with each modul contributing not only with their actuator but also with their sensor to the global colaborative platform.

Levent Ucun

Dr. Levent Ucun was a postdoctoral researcher at AA4CC group. He came from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and he joined the AA4CC group in August 2012 and stayed till March 2013. He worked on modeling and compensation of friction in low-velocity high-precision motion control systems using frequency-domain techniques, namely the so-called higher order sinusoidal input discribing function (HOSIDF).

Jaroslav Žoha

Jaroslav Žoha collaborated with the AA4CC group since his graduate years and then continued as a regular member in the position of an R&D engineer. His key responsibility was development of HW and SW for several inertially stabilized camera platforms. After leaving group at the end of 2011 he joined the Czech Air Force and Air Defense Institute (in Czech: VTÚLaPVO).