Institute of Information Theory and Automation

Department of Control Theory

Logo of ACT Head of the Department:
Sergej Čelikovský

Deputy head of the Department:
Branislav Rehák

Miroslava Součková

phone: +420 266 052 385
fax: +420 286 890 286
staff: people, Ph.D. students
List of publications, courses, Current_projects, Past_projects

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:

  • Analysis and design of linear systems including robust control.
  • Numerical methods for control systems analysis and design including chaotic systems.
  • Analysis and design of nonlinear control systems.
  • Topological dynamics and dynamical systems on surfaces and manifolds.
  • Modelling and control of underactuated mechanical systems.
Interest is focused on both theoretical studies and computer implementation of the results obtained.


Last events:

Petr Augusta

Petr Augusta was awarded a Diploma in the Scientific Section of the XIth International Student Olympiad on Automatic Control for Theoretical Contribution in Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 17–19, 2006.

 Vladimír Kučera

Professor Vladimír Kučera was awarded the Gold Felber medal of the Czech Technical University in 2006.

Palmes Academiques medal

In 2006, Professor Vladimír Kučera was awarded the prestigious medal Chevalier dans ľordre des Palmes Académiques established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808. See the ceremony picture.

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