Academic members

University of Groningen

Prof. dr. ir. Bayu Jayawardhana

Bayu Jayawardhana is a professor in Mechatronics and Nonlinear Control Systems at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands. He is currently the director of Mechanical Engineering masters program and board chairman of Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen at University of Groningen. His research interests include the analysis and control design of nonlinear systems with applications to robotic and mechatronic systems, smart industry and renewable energy. He holds editorship positions in various international journals and conferences in the field of systems and control. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is a vice-chair of IFAC TC on Nonlinear Control Systems and IEEE CSS representative for IEEE Life Science Communities.

Dr. ir. Bart Besselink

Bart Besselink is assistant professor in systems and control theory at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen. His research interests are in the analysis and design of large-scale interconnected engineering systems with applications to smart industry, intelligent transportation systems, and analog computing.

Prof. dr. ing. J. Post

Over a period of more than 35 years Prof. Dr. Ing.  Jan Post was involved in the co-operation of Philips and the academic/HBO research domain for initiating new research (bachelor/master/PhD), the guidance of students and the valorization of that research at Philips in Drachten. This initiatives are on European, National and regional level in setting up Public Private Partnerships. Most of the research is on Computational Mechanics, Material development and digitalization of Industry. This activity led to hundreds of presentations on National and international conferences, the guidance of hundreds of students (Bachelor/master/PhD) and more than 25 PhD research projects and other partnerships. He is currently responseble within Philips for setting up Public Private Partnerships, including academic research and education. He is responsible for the Smart Industry Field lab “Region of Smart Factory” and the HTSM roadmap Smart Industry and figurehead of the NWA-Smart Industry. He is also the responseble for setting up the AI coalition in NNL and professor in Digital Fabrication.

Prof. dr. C. (Claudio) De Persis

Claudio De Persis is a Professor with the Engineering and Technology Institute, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. He received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree in system engineering in 2000 both from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy. Before joining the University of Groningen, he held faculty positions with the Department of Mechanical Automation and Mechatronics, University of Twente and the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He was a Research Associate with the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA, from 2000–2001, and with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, from 2001–2002. His main research interest includes control theory, and his recent research focuses on learning for control, networked cyber-physical systems, smart grids, and resilient control. Dr. Persis was an Editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (2006–2013), an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY (2010–2015), and of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL (2012–2015). He is currently an Associate Editor of Automatica (2013–present) and of IEEE CONTROL SYSTEMS LETTERS (2017–present).



Prof. dr. ir. Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen

Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen  is a professor in Systems and Control Engineering at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG), fac. Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen. From 2013 til 2019 she was scientific director of ENTEG. She is currently director of the Groningen Engineering Center, and Captain of Science of the Dutch top sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM).
Her current research interests include model reduction methods for networks, nonlinear model reduction methods, nonlinear control methods, modeling and control of physical systems with applications to electrical circuits, electromechanical systems, mechanical systems, and distributed optimal control applications to smart grids.
Jacquelien has been and is at the editorial board of a few international journals. She received the 2017-2020 Automatica Best Paper Prize, in 2019 she received a royal distinction and is appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and she is a fellow of IEEE. She has been active at the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for a number of years, and is currently member of the council. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors  of the IEEE Control Systems Society, chair of the IEEE CSS standing committee on Women in Control, and president of the European Control Association (EUCA).

Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof. dr. M.G.J. van den Brand

Mark van den Brand is a full professor of Software Engineering and Technology in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and a visiting professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. His current research activities are on model driven engineering, domain specific languages, meta-modeling, model management, digital twins, and automotive software engineering. His research is industry inspired; he works with most of the high-tech companies in the Eindhoven (The Netherlands) region. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at various conferences, workshops and doctoral schools. He was and is member of PCs on workshops and conferences related to software engineering, language engineering, rewriting, reverse engineering, and software maintenance. He initiated the special issues of Science of Computer Programming devoted to academic software development (Experimental Software and Toolkits), and since 2007 has been guest editor of six of these. He is on the editorial board of the journals Science of Computer Programming, Open Computer Science, and Computer Languages (COLA). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Automotive Software Engineering. He is associate Editor-in-Chief of the Software Section of the Science of Computer Programming. He is deputy Editor-in-Chief of platinum open access journal JOT.

Prof. dr. ir. N. van de Wouw

Nathan van de Wouw obtained his M.Sc.-degree (with honours) and Ph.D.-degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He currently holds a full professor position at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Nathan van de Wouw also holds an adjunct full professor position at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. He has been working at Philips Applied Technologies, The Netherlands, in 2000 and at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, The Netherlands, in 2001. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, U.S.A., in 2006/2007, at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2009/2010 and at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A., in 2012 and 2013. He has held a (part-time) full professor position the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, from 2015-2019. He has published the books ‘Uniform Output Regulation of Nonlinear Systems: A convergent Dynamics Approach’ with A.V. Pavlov and H. Nijmeijer (Birkhauser, 2005) and `Stability and Convergence of Mechanical Systems with Unilateral Constraints’ with R.I. Leine (Springer-Verlag, 2008). In 2015, he received the IEEE Control Systems Technology Award “For the development and application of variable-gain control techniques for high-performance motion systems”. His current research interests are the modelling, model reduction, analysis and control of nonlinear/hybrid and delay systems, with applications to vehicular platooning, high-tech systems, resource exploration, smart energy systems, mechanical ventilation and networked control systems.

Dr. ir. R.H.B. Fey

Rob Fey is Associate Professor in Structural Dynamics. He works in the Section Dynamics and Control (D&C) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). From this university, he received his MSc degree Mechanical Engineering and his PhD degree in 1987 and 1992, respectively. For his PhD thesis, he received the Shell Study Prize. From 1992 to 2002, he was Senior Scientist with the Structural Dynamics Department of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in Delft. Since 2002, he has been with the Section D&C at TU/e. He is (co-)author of 53 peer-reviewed journal papers, 15 chapters in books, and 39 conference papers. His research interests include the modeling, analysis, and validation of the dynamic behavior of complex, advanced structures and systems, with applications to high-tech, mechatronic systems, microsystems, and energy systems. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vibration and Control, member of the IFToMM Technical Committee for Vibrations, and member of the National Graduate School Engineering Mechanics.

Dr. ir. L.G.W.A. Cleophas

Loek Cleophas is an assistant professor in the Software Engineering Technology cluster at the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology and a research fellow at the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is also the Managing Director of the Dutch national research school IPA, the Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics. His research interests intersect formal methods, algorithmics, and software engineering, with over 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles. His research focus in recent years has been on variability and families of algorithms and models, using both constructive and analytic approaches.

Dr. ir. Carlos Murguia

Carlos Murguia was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1984. He received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Electrical Engineering from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico City, Mexico, in 2010. From November 2010 to May 2015, he was affiliated with the Dynamics and Control group at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he pursued a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering. He have served as postdoctoral research fellow (August 2015 – February 2020) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Singapore); the University of Melbourne (Australia); and the University of California (USA), Los Angeles. During his time as postdoctoral fellow, he was a visiting scientist at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin (UTAUS), and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). As of March 2020, Carlos is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His main research strengths and interests are in nonlinear dynamics and control, distributed dynamical systems, fault isolation/mitigation, and security and privacy of cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Alessandro Saccon

Alessandro Saccon received the laurea degree cum laude in computer engineering and the Ph.D. degree in control system theory from the University of Padova, Italy, in 2002 and 2006 (Claudio Maffezzoni best PhD thesis award by the Politecnico di Milano). Prior joining the TU/e in 2013 as Assistant Professor in Nonlinear Control and Robotics, he had a research and development position at University of Padova in joint collaboration with the motorcycle racing company Ducati Corse (2006-2009) and he has been a PostDoc researcher (2009-2012) at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal. His areas of expertise include modeling, and control multibody systems, nonsmooth mechanics, geometric mechanics, nonlinear control theory, and numerical optimal control for exploration of trajectory space of complex and highly manoeuvrable nonlinear systems. Recent work has focused on the modeling, planning, sensing and control of robotic systems for exploitation of intentional collisions for manipulation and locomotion. He is the coordinator of the H2020 EU project I.AM. ( on Impact-Aware Manipulation.

Tilburg University

Prof. dr. ir. B.R.H.M. Haverkort

Boudewijn Haverkort is a professor in computer science at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is currently Dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. He previously held professorships at RWTH Aachen (Germnay) and the University of Twente, where he also served as head of the department of computer science. He also was scientific director of the public-private Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven (which has become a part of TNO under his leadership). Next to his appointment at Tilburg University, Boudewijn also serves as chairman of the national public-private research program Commit2data, on big data analysis and its applications. His research interests include the design and analysis of dependable cyber-physical systems, smart industry and smart energy systems, as well as data science and its applications. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2008 and has been active as editor and conference chairman for a large number of conferences over the last 25 years.

Delft University of Technology

Prof. dr. ir. T. Keviczky

Tamas Keviczky is a professor in Networked Cyber-Physical Systems at the Delft Center for Systems and Control, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. He received an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a Ph.D. degree from the Control Science and Dynamical Systems Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has worked for Honeywell Laboratories in Minneapolis, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He was a co-recipient of the American Automatic Control Council’s O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award for Practice in 2005. He has been in the International Program Committee and served as Technical Program Chair, Editor, Guest Editor, or Organizer of several leading conferences, symposia, journal special issues, and summer schools in the field of automatic control, and in particular on distributed optimization, smart grid technologies, and predictive control. Between 2011-2017 he was Associate Editor of Automatica. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles. His research interests include model predictive control, distributed and embedded optimization, control and estimation of large-scale systems, with applications in aerospace, automotive and mobile robotics, industrial processes, and infrastructure systems such as water, heat, and electricity networks.

Dr. P. Mohajerin Esfahani

Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani is an assistant professor in the Delft Center for Systems and Control at the Delft University of Technology. Prior to joining TU Delft, he held several research appointments at EPFL, ETH Zurich, and MIT between 2014 and 2016. His research interests include theoretical and practical aspects of decision-making problems in uncertain and dynamic environments, with applications to control and security of large-scale and distributed systems. He was one of the three finalists for the Young Researcher Prize in Continuous Optimization awarded by the Mathematical Optimization Society in 2016, and a recipient of the 2016 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society.  He also received the ERC Starting Grant and the INFORMS Frederick W. Lanchester Prize in 2020.

University of Twente

Dr. ir. R.G.J. Damgrave

Dr. Ir. Roy Damgrave works as an assistant professor at the laboratory of Design, Production and Management, part of the Engineering Technology faculty of the University of Twente. His research and education is mainly focussed on the use of Synthetic Environments and Virtual & Augmented Reality in product development processes. This research aims on realizing an appropriate decision-making support tool to determining when, how and why to use what kind of technology and how to implement it in line with the used methodology in a multi-stakeholder setting. The focus of this research is on enhancing the development of a digital system reference (a.o. digital twins, masters and prototypes) in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Industry context. This is supported by use of IoT, advance manufacturing, virtual dashboards, smart industry testbeds and remote collaboration support. Furthermore, Roy is the chair of the Research Affiliates of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), is a member of the Industrial Reality Hub and also works for the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente.

Dr. ir. W.B.J. Hakvoort

Wouter Hakvoort is a tenure track assistant professor in Control Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He is teaching courses on control in the Mechanical Engineering’s Bachelor and Master programmes. His research is on the integration of physics-based models and data for control and his research interests include adaptive control, iterative learning control, motion control, active vibration isolation and (flexible) multibody modelling. Applications are in smart industry, precision systems, mechatronics and robotics. He published some 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Before his current position, he obtained 8 years of industrial experience in research and design of mechatronic systems for medical and high-tech applications.

Prof. dr. ir. A.H. van den Boogaard

Ton van den Boogaard is professor in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics at the Faculty Engineering Technology of the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He is vice-dean for research of the same faculty and member of the Scientific Board of the Fraunhofer Project Centre at UT. His research focuses on numerical modelling of manufacturing processes and its application in optimization and control of these processes. It includes multi-scale modelling of materials and surfaces and computational technologies. Ton is past-president of the European Scientific Association for Material Forming (2016-2020), Cluster coordinator of the cluster Applied Mechanical Behaviour or the Materials innovation institute and local director of the national graduate school on Engineering Mechanics. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Material Forming and member of the editorial board of Computer Methods in Materials Science and of the Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing.

Dr. ir. E. Lutters

Eric Lutters is an associate professor in the faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente. Being educated as a Mechanical Engineer and having a PhD in the field of information & knowledge management in manufacturing, he has an keen interest in subjects related to product development as the linking pin between design and (production) engineering. For the MSc. programme, he co-ordinates the research track ‘Management of Product Development’ (MoPD).

Eric’s main research interest is in Information Driven Product Development, the main aim is to engender tools and techniques for design support, bringing together topics like Virtual Reality, Digital Twins/Prototypes/Masters, sustainability, (non-deterministic) decision making and uncertainty in development cycles.

At the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente, Eric is a member of the scientific board, while he’s also involved in a number of research projects at the FPC, focusing on Industry 4.0, Digital Twins, Virtual Dashboards and VR/AR solutions. Eric is a fellow of CIRP, the International Academy for Production Research; within CIRP he is active in the Scientific Technical Committee on Design and currently, he is the chairperson of the overarching STC assembly and member of the CIRP-council. Eric is also a professor extraordinary at the department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, South-Africa.





Leiden University

Dr. M. van Leeuwen

Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen is associate professor and group leader of the Explanatory Data Analysis group at Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is Programme Manager of the Master Computer Science, and affiliated with both the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) and university-wide Data Science Research Programme (DSRP).

His primary research interest is exploratory data mining: how can we enable domain experts to explore and analyse their data, to discover structure and—ultimately—novel knowledge? Van Leeuwen was awarded several grants, including NWO Rubicon, TOP2, and TTW Perspectief grants, best paper awards, co-organised international conferences and workshops, and is on the editorial board of DAMI and the guest editorial board of the ECML PKDD Journal Track. He was guest editor of a TKDD special issue on ‘Interactive Data Exploration and Analytics’.