Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control
Complex dynamic systems are everywhere. Whether engineered – such as autonomous robots, hybrid vehicles, turbines and “smart” buildings – or natural – such as climate systems and the human brain –, complex dynamic systems involve the interplay of many interconnected processes, and are characterized by continual change. Given the prevalence of these systems, and their influence on our lives, it is important that we understand how these systems work, how they respond to change, and how they can be controlled. Yet because of their complexity, the behavior of these systems is difficult to predict, as it may involve processes that span many disciplines that are constantly affected by, and reacting to, one another.
Building on first principles in mathematics and physics, the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control brings a model-based approach to understanding complex dynamic systems. By connecting system theory with aspects of mechanics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, fluid dynamics, information and computer science, and communication technology, we are able to address a wide range of environmental, commercial, social, biomedical and experimental design challenges. Our projects include the Monta Rosa Hut (an energy efficient “smart” house located in the Swiss Alps), hybrid-electro and hybrid-pneumatic engines, autonomous flying vehicles that dance and play badminton, an internet-based network that allows robots to share information and learn from each other, and a shunt that monitors and controls cerebrospinal fluid in patients with brain trauma. Though our projects are diverse, optimization and efficiency are central to each of these challenging control problems.
Dynamic Systems and Control — Prof. Dr. Raffaello D'Andrea
Dynamic Systems and Control — Prof. Dr. Emilio Frazzoli
Thermotronics Laboratory — Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella / Prof. Dr. Christopher Onder
Intelligent Control Systems — Prof. Dr. Melanie Zeilinger