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The research in linear control theory has a long tradition at the Institute. In early 1960s, under the guidance of Professor Strejc, researchers at the Institute made considerable developments in both transfer-function and state-space methods. In the 1970s and the 1980s, the members of the Department, led by Professor Kučera, achieved significant results, which launched an entirely new area of research worldwide. Among these are the parametrization of all controllers stabilizing a given plant (known as the Youla-Kučera parametrization) and the design of control systems via polynomial equations. In the 1990s, the research activities of the department ranged from robust control to nonlinear systems.
Applied research in the department focuses on numerical methods for control-system simulation and design, which yields various original software packages for control and simulation. The current research objectives in the Department of Control Theory, which has been led by Sergej Čelikovský since 2004, are the analysis and design of control systems on the one hand and the topological study of dynamical systems on the other. Recent results in the area of nonlinear systems include canonical forms and classification of chaotic systems, output regulation of nonlinear systems, modelling and control of biological systems and underactuated walking. Linear topics include distributed parameter systems, application in biomedical systems and development of various software packages for control and simulations. The five main research directions are: