Ing. Jiří Zemánek, Ph.D.

Assistant professor • jiri [dot] zemanek [at] fel [dot] cvut [dot] cz
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Jiří Zemánek (*1984) is an assistant professor in control engineering and automation. His main research interests are intelligent materials and distributed (micro)manipulation with a multiple objects by shaping physical force fields (electric, magnetic, acoustic pressure) through arrays of actuators.


He earned his Ph.D. degree in 2018 under supervision by Zdeněk Hurák at Czech Technical University in Prague for his work on noncontact micromanipulation using dielectrophoresis and magnetophoresis. He then spent the school year 2019/20 as a Fulbright Scholar with prof. Neil Gershenfeld at Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT, Cambridge, USA.


He teaches an undergraduate course on Modeling and simulation of dynamical systems, and he is preparing to teach a course on How to make almost anything, inspired by a similar course at MIT, in which he served as a TA.


He is a passionate maker, tinkerer, DIYer, he loves making things. He is also active in the local makers community - he served as a program chair of Prague Maker Fair in 2018 and 2019.

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Room KN:E-11, Karlovo náměstí 13/E, 12135 Praha 2, Czech Republic.
Uchytil, A., and J. Zemánek, "Trajectory Optimization for Distributed Manipulation by Shaping a Physical Field", 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), London, pp. 10111-10117, 2023. Abstract
Zemánek, J., T. Michálek, and Z. Hurák, "Phase-shift feedback control for dielectrophoretic micromanipulation", Lab on a Chip, issue 12: The Royal Society of Chemistry’s, pp. 1793 - 1801, 2018. Abstract
Gurtner, M., and J. Zemánek, "Ball in double hoop: demonstration model for numerical optimal control", 20th IFAC World Congress, vol. 50, issue 1: IFAC, pp. 2379 - 2384, 07/2017.
Gurtner, M., and J. Zemánek, "Twin-beam real-time position estimation of micro-objects in 3D", Measurement Science and Technology, vol. 27, issue 12, pp. 127003, 12, 2016. Abstract
Zemánek, J., J. Drs, and Z. Hurák, "Dielectrophoretic actuation strategy for micromanipulation along complex trajectories", IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Besancon, France, IEEE RAS, July, 2014.
Basova, E., J. Drs, Z. Hurak, F. Foret, and J. Zemánek, "Integrated microfluidic device for droplet manipulation", CECE - International Interdisciplinary Meeting on Bioanalysis, Brno, Hotel Continental, pp. s291-s293, November, 2013.
Zemánek, J., and Z. Hurák, "Feedback linearization approach to distributed feedback manipulation", 2012 American Control Conference (ACC) , Montréal, Canada, American Automatic Control Council (AACC), pp. 991-996, June, 2012. Abstract
Zemánek, J., Z. Hurák, and Y. Bellouard, "Modeling and simulation, design and fabrication, instrumentation and control for dielectrophoresis", 25th International Symposium on Microscale BioSeparations MSB 2010, vol. 1, Prague, Czech Republic, Ústav analytické chemie AV ČR, v. v. i., pp. 118, March, 2010.