Matthieu Thomas (STMicroelectronics Prague): Control challenges in switched DC-DC converters
Fri, 05/15/2015

Everyone warmly welcome. Start at 2pm, room K14. Expected duration 1 hour.

Pavel Otta: Short tutorial on nonlinear MPC and CasADi software
Fri, 04/24/2015

Regular Friday Control Theory Seminar. Starts at 2pm at K14 room, duration: 60 minutes. Pavel has just returned from a few-day tutorial workshop on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control organized by prof. Moritz Diehl at University of Freiburg. Prof. Diehl is one of the leading researchers in the field of numerical optimal control, see the web of his Systems Control and Optimization group.

Zdeněk Hurák: Short intro to piecewise polynomial approximation using Chebfun
Fri, 04/10/2015

2pm at K14, duration: 60 minutes. Tutorial for one particular concept in numerical computing - piecewise polynomial appoximation of functions over a grid of cleverly chosen (Chebyshev) points. The whole advanced mathematical concept has materialized in the form of a Matlab toolbox - Chebfun, which has been developed by Nick Trefethen's group at Oxford.

Zdeněk Hurák: A few words and whole lotta photos from California...
Fri, 03/27/2015

2pm at K14 room. Informal reporting on the seven-month stay at University of California at Santa Barbara within Fulbright Program in the winter thru summer 2014. A few words, a whole lotta photos from all around California...

Eva Žáčeková and Matěj Pčolka: Identification and Control Aspects of Model Predictive Control
Fri, 03/20/2015

The presentation will introduce some topics related to practical use of model predictive control. Apart from many advantages which MPC brings, a need for reliable mathematical model of the controlled system can be seen as a requirement that is rather complicated to fulfill. This becomes even more delicate in case of real operation where identification experiments are inacceptable due to many economical/operational reasons. Therefore, the first part of the presentation will focus on challenges that accompany identification for model-based control.

Kamil Dolinský: Method of maximum likelihood and its application to identification of mechanical systems
Fri, 03/13/2015

Friday control theory seminar. In K14 at 2pm. One hour. Kamil's talk will be devoted to the experimental identification of mechanical systems such as manipulator robots and similar machines via the method of Least Squares and the Maximum Likelihood method. Related to this problem is the regression problem when regressors are measured with an error with known statistical properties. An introduction to this topic will be also covered.

Kristian Hengster-Movric: Synchronizing Region Approach to Identical LTI System State Synchronization Distributed Control - Continuous and discrete-time systems, state, output-feedback and delays
Fri, 02/27/2015

Friday control theory seminar. Starts as usual: 2pm at K14. Open to anyone, even interested students and colleagues from other departments.

AIME@CZ - Czech workshop on applied mathematics in engineering
Mon, 02/23/2015 - Wed, 02/25/2015

The workshop, organized by Didier Henrion, Josef Malek, Tomas Pajdla, Zdenek Strakos and Miroslav Tuma, aims at reporting recent achievements in applied mathematics in engineering on the Czech scene. It is a follow-up of a series of previous similar workshops that took place in Prague in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. See more at


Jiří Dostál: Decentralized Pumping in Hydronic Networks
Fri, 02/20/2015

Friday control theory seminar, starting at 2pm at K14 room. Estimated time one hour including discussion. 

Jiří Dostál is a doctoral student at our department (his advisor is prof. Vladimír Havlena) and he is going to inform us about his lates achievements for which he was even awarded the best paper award at 2014 CACS International Automatic Control Conference (CACS 2014).

Dan Martinec: Wave based control - irrational transfer function in control of vehicular platoons
Fri, 02/13/2015

This talk will present an update on a doctoral research in the domain of distributed control of vehicular platoons.  After a brief introduction of basic platooning control algorithms, principles of the Wave based control (WBC) will be explained. We start by deriving the irrational Wave Transfer Function and show a few novel methods how to approximate it with a rational transfer function. Later will be presented how the WBC can be applied in control of vehicular platoons. The talk will be concluded by presenting open problems in the WBC field.