Systems and Control Theory
This page describes the research by the Fachgruppe System- und Regelungstheorie (Systems and Control Theory Group) at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems and the Fachgebiet Regelungssysteme (Control Systems Group) at TU Berlin. Both groups are lead by Jörg Raisch and - in practice - operate as a unit.
Our research interests are - not surprisingly - in the area of Systems and Control. Systems and Control Theory (SCT) has been recognised as a research area in its own right for several decades. Roughly speaking, its subject is the analysis and synthesis of dynamical systems, in particular the design of control systems. As a result, SCT provides an array of analysis and synthesis methods and tools which have been successfully applied to solve a great number of application problems. Additionally, it has served as a bridge between a variety of application areas, e.g., chemical engineering, mechanical and manufacturing engineering, economics, biology, etc. By translating specific application problems into a unique mathematical framework, SCT provides a common language that allows scientists and engineers with extremely diverse technical backgrounds to communicate and hence generates considerable synergy effects.
This general perspective of SCT is reflected in our research interests. We address both challenging problems from the "core domain" of SCT and - often in cooperation with other research groups - problems from a number of application areas. We try to keep a good balance between the former ("control theory") and the latter ("control applications") kind of projects. We also attempt to match projects in the sense that results obtained from theoretical work are immediately transferred into specific application projects. Naturally, at any instant of time some projects are more active than others.
The following figure provides a survey of our research projects.