From January 24th to January 25th, Maurice Heemels, Sven Nouwens, and Tomas Meijer from
the Control System Technology group at Technical University Eindhoven visited the Chair
of Automation Control and System Theory at RUB. The visit aimed to introduce the
research groups to each other and to discuss possible research collaborations.

Maurice Heemels, Sven Nouwens, and Tomas Meijer first gave comprehensive presentations
on their current research topics to get the groups in touch after their arrival. These
presentations already led to intensive discussions, which were to be deepened throughout the visit.

First, Sven Nouwens gave an insight into his research. His presentation with the title “Online
constraint removal for linear MPC: A reachability and optimality perspective” dealt with
constraint removal for Model Predictive Control (MPC) in medical technology, which has an
extremely high number of constraints and thus has long computation times.

Next, Tomas Meijer presented excerpts from his research, which he carried out in cooperation
with ASML. ASML specializes in developing photolithography machines, which are
used to produce computer chips. It is currently the largest supplier for the semiconductor
industry. The presentation “Finite-Horizon Minimal Realizations for MPC of Large-Scale
Systems” dealt with the design of an MPC based on reduced-order models for improvements
in Wafer production with extreme ultraviolet lithography.

Finally, Maurice Heemels presented parts of his research. In his presentation “Projected
Dynamics in Control”, he explained how Projected Dynamical Systems (PDSs) work and
which opportunities this class of systems holds for high-performance control purposes.

Thanks to Maurice Heemels and his group for their presentations and time for interesting
discussions at RUB.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon under grant no. 101079342 (Fostering Opportunities Towards Slovak Excellence in Advanced Control for Smart Industries).


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