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Zdeněk Hurák Head of the aa4cc group, Associate professor
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Dr. Zdeněk Hurák (*1974) is an Associate Professor (Docent) at the Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague and the head of the aa4cc group. He received his Ing. degree (equivalent to M.Sc. or Dipl.Ing.) in aerospace electrical engineering (summa cum laude) at Military Academy, Brno, Czech Republic, in 1997. While staying as a teaching assistant at the same institute, he was awarded Boeing Fellowship in 1999, which supported his 3-month stay at Iowa State University, Ames, USA. In 2000 he started his Ph.D. study in cybernetics and robotics under supervision of Michael Šebek at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, and defended it in 2004 with the thesis on l1 optimal control (some results published in the prestigious SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization). He was a visiting researcher at TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 2008. He was awarded Fulbright's scholarship for a visiting position at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014.

These days he gives graduate lectures on optimal and robust control and undergraduate lectures on modeling and simulation of dynamic systems. He supervises graduate and doctoral students, and manages research projects with academic and industrial partners. His research interests include numerical algorithms for optimal and robust control, especially within the polynomial (algebraic) framework, and applications of advanced control schemes in electromechanical systems such as inertially stabilized camera platforms, piezoelectric micro-manipulators and even non-contact micro-manipulation such as dielectrophoresis. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves the community as a chair of Control Systems Chapter of Czech-Slovak Section of IEEE, and as a member of the editorial board of Automa journal (and Kybernetika journal in the past). He reviews for IEEE TAC, IEEE TCST, IFAC Automatica, IFAC Mechatronics, IFAC Control Engineering Practice and Asian Journal of Control. He (almost) regularly attends IEEE CDC and IFAC World Congress, and very often IEEE MSC, ACC, MTNS, IFAC ROCOND and a occasionally a few other conferences.

Research Publications hurak [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7683

Sergej Čelikovský
Professor
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Sergej Čelikovský is a full professor in control systems theory. He is also a head of Control Theory Department in Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is internationally recognized for his contribution to nonlinear systems, chaotic systems control and synchronization, numerical methods, stability and stabilization, observers and filtering, analysis and control of underactuated systems with applications to walking robots, modelling, observation and control of biosystems.As a member of the aa4cc group he supervises several doctoral students and gives a graduate course on nonlinear systems theory.

He earned his Msc from Faculty of Numerical Mathematics and Cybernetics of the Moscow State University in 1984; RNDr. degree (Rerum Naturalium Doctoris) from the Mathematical and Physical Faculty of Charles University in Prague in 1985; CSc. degree (Candidate of Sciences - equivalent to Ph.D) from the Institute of Information Theory and Automation of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in 1989.

He is a Member (1996) and Senior Member (2002) of IEEE. Chairman (2004) of Action Group “Chaos Control and Synchronization” of IEEE TC on Computer Aided Control Systems Design. Member (1997) and of Vice-chair (1997-2002) the IFAC TC on Nonlinear Systems. Member (2002-2008) of the IFAC TC on Robust Control. From 2002 Secretary of the Czech NMO of IFAC. Member (2008) of the Scientific Board - Institute of Physical Biology, University of South Bohemia. He serves as an associate editor of: Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems (2004-2006); IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control (2006-2009); from 2004 Member of Editorial Board of Kybernetika; since 2010 Guest Associate Editor of International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. IPC member of the: IFAC Conference on Systems Structure and Control, Nantes, France, July, 1998; IFAC Nonlinear Control Symposium NOLCOS 2001, St. Petersburg, Russia; 1st IFAC Symposium on Systems and Structure Control, SSSC 2001, Prague, Czech Republic; IFAC Conference on Chaos Control 2009, London, GB; 3rd International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICDVC-2010), Hangzhou, China; 5th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Chaos Control and Synchronization, Kunming, China; Physcon 2011 Conference, University of Leon, Spain. Subarea Chair of the IPC of the: IFAC Nonlinear Control Symposium NOLCOS 2007, Pretoria, South Africa and IFAC Nonlinear Control Symposium NOLCOS 2010, Bologna, Italy. Co-author of one book and two book chapters, co-editor of the book, over 40 papers in international journals, over 80 papers in international conference proceeding, over 800 SCI citations (autocitations excluded).

Research Publications sergej [dot] celikovsky [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7265

Kamil Dolinský
PhD student
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Kamil Dolinský (*1986) is a doctoral student supervised by Sergej Čelikovský since 2010. Kamil has graduated from Technical University in Košice, Slovakia, in 2010. His research interests cover broad area of estimation and system identification for nonlinear mechanical systems, in particular robotic systems.

Research Publications kamil [dot] dolinsky [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7682

Martin Gurtner
PhD student
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Martin Gurtner is a doctoral student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák. He started his doctoral studies in the fall 2016. His research focus is on real-time optimization for control. In this regard, he has been building on top of his master's research in the domain of micromanipulation by shaping electric or magnetic fields through arrays of microelectrodes or coils, respectively, which he has conducted in the same group.

Research Publications gurtnmar [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz

Kristian Hengster-Movric
Postdoc
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Kristian Hengster-Movric is a postdoctoral researcher whose focus within his affiliation with AA4CC group is on manipulation by shaping force fields, in particular electrical and magnetic fields. Kristian has receiveived his Ph.D. degree from University of Texas Arlington, USA, in 2013, being supervised by Prof. Frank Lewis. For his thesis he was awarded N.M. Stelmakh Prize. 

Research Publications hengskri [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz

Didier Henrion
Associate professor
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Dr. Didier Henrion (*1971) is a part-time researcher in aa4cc group. His main affiliation is with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), namely LAAS CNRS in Toulouse, France. He received a PhD degree from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1998 and a PhD degree from INSA Toulouse in 1999, both in the area of systems control theory. In 2004, he was awarded the bronze medal, the highest distinction from CNRS for young researchers. His main research topics are numerical algorithms for polynomial matrices and convex optimization over linear matrix inequalities with applications to linear systems and robust control. He has published about 60 papers and/or chapters in international journals or books, and about 100 international conference papers. He has been an Associate Editor of Automatica (from 2002 to 2009), the European Journal of Control (from 2005 to 2008), IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (from 2005 to 2008), the Slovak Journal of Electrical Engineering (since 2004) and the Czech journal Kybernetika (since 2008). From 1999 to 2004, he was an Associate Editor on the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He has chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer-Aided Control System Design (since 2004) and vice-chaired the IFAC Technical Committee on Control Design (from 2003 to 2008), and he has been a member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Robust Control (since 2003). He was involved in the organization of the 2006 IFAC ROCOND symposium.

He keeps joining the group twice every year for one or two months. Within his part-time affiliation with aa4cc he gives an advanced graduate course on linear matrix inequalities and semidefinite programming with applications in control systems design and analysis. Thanks to Didier's reputation, several foreign visitors are travelling to Prague to attend his course every year.

Research Publications henrion [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7598

Ivo Herman
PhD student
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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.

Research Publications ivo [dot] herman [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7466

Štefan Knotek
PhD student
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Štefan Knotek (*1990) is a doctoral student supervised jointly by Michael Šebek and Kristian Hengster-Movric since the autumn 2014. He received the Bc. (B.S.) and Ing. (M.S.) degrees in industrial informatics and robotics from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. His area of interest includes distributed control and multi-agent systems.

Research Publications knoteste [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7648

Tomáš Michálek
PhD student
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Tomáš is 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. His research interests include mathematical modeling of dielectrophoresis and other electrokinetic phenomena and real-time optimization-based (micro)manipulation using arrays of actuators. Besides solving computational problems, Tomáš is also involved in laboratory experimental verification of the proposed control strategies. A particular research task that Tomáš is investigating is the independent but simultaneous manipulation with several microparticles (possibly of biological origin). His ultimate motivation is 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 is 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.

 

Research Publications michato4 [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz

Michael Šebek
Professor
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Prof. Michael Šebek (*1954) is a full professor and the head of the Department of Control Engineering, to which the aa4cc group belongs. He has spent major part of his research carreer with the Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Czech Academy of Sciences, starting with his CSc (Ph.D.) degree earned in 1981 under supervision of Prof. Vladimír Kučera. In 2004 he was appointed an associate professor and in 2004 a full professor at Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2000 he has been also managing the multidisciplinary Centre for Applied Cybernetics comprised of several academic and industrial institutions from all around Czech Republic. He also held several visiting positions at the Universita di Padova, Italy in 1985; Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland in 1986; Universiteit Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands in 1990/91; ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 1994/95; as well as a number of short visiting appointments.

His life time research interests are in the domain of polynomial (or algebraic) methods for control design, in which domain he earned an international reputation, having published more then 100 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, with more then 500 citations registered by WoS, with the h-index evaluated to 12. Editorial work is an important part of Michael's professional life. For many years, he worked for the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board on preparation of the prestigious CDC and ACC conferences. He also served as an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Control.

Michael Sebek co-founded PolyX Ltd, Prague, the company producing Polynomial Toolbox for Matlab - a software for systems, signals and control based on polynomial methods. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.). He was a founding member of the Czechoslovakia IEEE Section and is currently a member of the Section Executive Committee. He founded and for many years chaired the Czech IEEE Control Systems Society Chapter. He currently works in the Executive Committee of Central European Chapter of the IEEE Engineering Management Society . Within IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) , Michael served as a Policy Committee member and, most recently, the as the Vice-Chair. He has also been working in the IFAC Technical Committee on Robust Control. He was the General Chair of the successful 16th IFAC World Congress in Prague in 2005 which was the largest Automatic Control Conference ever. He was the General Chair of the IEEE CACSD Conference in Taiwan in 2004 and organized many other smaller conferences. Michael is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Currently, he is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and represents the Czech Republic in the European Union Control Association (EUCA) a member of its Administrative Council.

Research Publications michael [dot] sebek [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-7201

Daniel Wagner
PhD student
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Daniel is a first-year doctoral student (he started studying in October 2016). His advisor is Prof. Didier Henrion. Daniel got his MSc from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, United States. His research focus is on application of semidefinite programming to control design techniques.

Research Publications wagneda1 [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz

Jiří Zemánek
PhD student
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Jiří Zemánek (*1984) is a doctoral student supervised by Zdeněk Hurák since 2009. He received his Ing. degree (M.Sc.) in cybernetics and measurement with major in artificial intelligence (summa cum laude) at Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, in 2009. His currect doctoral research in the area of noncontact micromanipulation using dielectrophoresis was started as early as in his final diploma project. This work was partly conducted in the labs of Micro and Nano Scale Engineering Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Yves Bellouard.

Research Publications jiri [dot] zemanek [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz +420-22435-5707