Chair of Dynamics and Control - Welcome



The Chair of Dynamics and Control (German: Steuerung, Regelung und Systemdynamik = SRS) represents research and education within modern control theory and automation within the Engineering Faculty at the University of Duisburg-Essen with respect to mechanical engineering and information science. The Chair of Dynamics and Control is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Söffker.

The actual research areas are related to

  • modeling, simulation, and control of mechatronic systems of investigation industry as well as of automotive industry,
  • the development and extension of robust control and diagnosis algorithms,
  • the realization of hybrid powertrains (drivetrains) including electrical recuperation, powermanagement (energymanagement), optimisation of topologies within the context of fuel cells as well as electrical energy storages,
  • research in Cognitive Technical Systems (CTS) in the context of the supervision of Human-Machine-Interaction (HMI) and research within the field of Autonomous Systems (AS), like mobile robotics or autonomously driving cars for the purpose of interacting with unknown environment/under unknown circumstance and
  • the systematic optimisation of mechatronic systems from the point of view of reliability engineering as well as safety engineering.

In SRS, both theoretical as well as experimental work is pursued on several fronts. Our philosophy reflects our understanding that the scientific engineering work is only valid if we are able to demonstrate the feasibility also in practice from a principal point of view. SRS consequently possesses sample expertises in evaluating and developing research related test rigs. Additionally, SRS offers know-how to perform a wide range of test rigs experimentally, for example the realization of setting up the test rig beginning with simple mechanism under simple circumstances up to complex Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) test rigs including real-time process control. The test rigs are realized within the Chair SRS as also with our industry partners.
The Chair of Dynamics and Control is internally oriented and works as an independent research unit with the clear goal for the scientific qualification of our young engineering scients with actual and challenging topics from mechatronics as well as from automation and control.