Ing. Zdeněk Hurák, Ph.D.

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Member for
5 years 17 weeks
Head of the aa4cc group, Assistant professor • hurak [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz
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Dr. Zdeněk Hurák (*1974) is an assistant professor 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.

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7683
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Room KN:E-11 Katedra řídicí techniky FEL ČVUT, Karlovo náměstí 13/E, 121 35 Praha, Czech Republic
Publications:
Zemánek, J., J. Drs, and Z. Hurák, "Dielectrophoretic actuation strategy for micromanipulation along complex trajectories", IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Besancon, France, IEEE RAS, July, 2014.
Martinec, D., I. Herman, Z. Hurák, and M. Šebek, "Refinement of a bidirectional platooning controller by wave absorption at the leader", 2014 European Control Conference (ECC), Strasbourg, France, pp. 2845 - 2850 , June, 2014. Abstract
Basova, E., J. Drs, Z. Hurak, F. Foret, and J. Zemánek, "Integrated microfluidic device for droplet manipulation", CECE - International Interdisciplinary Meeting on Bioanalysis, Brno, Hotel Continental, pp. s291-s293, November, 2013.
Augusta, P., and Z. Hurák, "Distributed stabilisation of spatially invariant systems: positive polynomial approach", Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 24, issue 1: Springer, pp. 3-21, March, 2013. Abstract
Hurák, Z., and M. Řezáč, "Image-based pointing and tracking for inertially stabilized airborne camera platform", IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 20, issue 5, pp. 1146 - 1159 , September, 2012. Abstract
Zemánek, J., and Z. Hurák, "Feedback linearization approach to distributed feedback manipulation", 2012 American Control Conference (ACC) , Montréal, Canada, American Automatic Control Council (AACC), pp. 991-996, June, 2012. Abstract
Martinec, D., M. Šebek, and Z. Hurák, "Vehicular platooning experiments with racing slot cars", 2012 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control , Dubrovnik, Croatia, IEEE, October, 2012. Abstract
Martinec, D., and Z. Hurák, "Vehicular platooning experiments with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT", 2011 IEEE International Conference on Control Applications (CCA), Denver, USA, September, 2011. Abstract
Šebek, M., and Z. Hurák, "2-D Polynomial Approach to Control of Leader Following Vehicular Platoons", 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Milano, Italy, Elsevier, September, 2011. Abstract
Řezáč, M., and Z. Hurák, "Structured MIMO H-Infinity Design for Dual-Stage Inertial Stabilization: Case Study for HIFOO", 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Milano, Italy, September, 2011. Abstract
Špiller, M., and Z. Hurák, "Hybrid charge control for stick–slip piezoelectric actuators", Mechatronics, vol. 21, issue 1: Elsevier, pp. 100 - 108, February, 2011. Abstract
Cichy, B., P. Augusta, E. Rogers, K. Gałkowski, and Z. Hurák, "Robust control of distributed parameter mechanical systems using a multidimensional systems approach", Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences, vol. 58, issue 1, Warsaw, Versita, pp. 67 - 75, March, 2010.
Hurák, Z., and M. Řezáč, "Control design for image tracking with an inertially stabilized airborne camera platform", Proc. SPIE Automatic Target Recognition XX; Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXIV; and Optical Pattern Recognition XXI, vol. 7696, Orlando, Florida, USA, SPIE, April, 2010. Abstract
Hurák, Z., and M. Řezáč, "Delay compensation in a dual-rate cascade visual servomechanism", Proceedings of 2010 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Atlanta, GA, USA, IEEE, pp. 1639 - 1643, December, 2010.
Řezáč, M., and Z. Hurák, "Low-cost inertial estimation unit based on extended Kalman filtering", Proc. SPIE Automatic Target Recognition XX; Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXIV; and Optical Pattern Recognition XXI, vol. 7696, Orlando, Florida, USA , SPIE, April, 2010.
Řezáč, M., Z. Hurák, and Y. Bellouard, "Towards planar micromanipulators based on dielectric elastomers in thickness mode", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on New Actuators, Bremen, Germany, WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH, Division Messe Bremen, pp. 901-904, April, 2010.
Zemánek, J., Z. Hurák, and Y. Bellouard, "Modeling and simulation, design and fabrication, instrumentation and control for dielectrophoresis", 25th International Symposium on Microscale BioSeparations MSB 2010, vol. 1, Prague, Czech Republic, Ústav analytické chemie AV ČR, v. v. i., pp. 118, March, 2010.
Hurák, Z., and M. Řezáč, "Combined line-of-sight inertial stabilization and visual tracking: application to an airborne camera platform", Proceedings of the 2009 48h IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) held jointly with 2009 28th Chinese Control Conference, Shanghai, China, IEEE, pp. 8458 - 8463, December, 2009.
Cichy, B., P. Augusta, E. Rogers, K. Galkowski, and Z. Hurak, "On the control of distributed parameter systems using a multidimensional systems setting", Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 22, issue 7: Elsevier, pp. 1566 - 1581, October, 2008.
Hurák, Z., M. Hromčík, and M. Špiller, "Minimization of l2 norm of the error signal in posicast input command shaping: a polynomial approach.", International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, vol. 17, issue 8: Wiley-Interscience, pp. 706-719, May, 2007.
Erm, T., Z. Hurák, and B. Bauvir, "Time to go H-∞?", Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 5496, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, SPIE, pp. 68 - 78, 06/2004.
Hurák, Z., "l1 optimal control - a polynomial approach", Faculty of Electrical Engineering: Czech Technical University in Prague, 2004.