A paper on an application of Koopman MPC to an array of pendulums published in ConEngPrac

Although officially published only in October, it is already available online, and therefore let's announce it proudly here: a paper by Loi Do (and Milan Korda and Zdeněk Hurák) has been published by the prestigious Control Engineering Practice. The paper demonstrates the use of Koopman Model Predictive Control (KMPC) for an experimental setup consisting of an array of pendulums and demonstrating the physical phenomenon modelled by Frenkel-Kontorova model.

Paper on distributed optimization for distributed manipulation in IJRR

It was out actually a few months ago (in Februrary) but let's proudly announce here even with this announcement delay: The key result of Martin Gurtner's thesis on distributed manipulation was published in the prestigious International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR):

New Ing (~MSc) graduates from our group

Three student members of our group who successfully passe their final state exam and defended their theses on June 27, 2023. Namely

- Vít Fanta: Energy-efficient train control (supervised by Zdeněk Hurák)

- Dominik Fisher: Control system for morphing lattice-based structures (supervised by Jiří Zemánek) 

New bachelors from our group

Our nine undergraduate students (supervised by Zdeněk Hurák and Jiří Zemánek) successfully defended their final projects and theses. Namely

- Radek Chládek: Road grade estimation by onboard multisensor fusion [CZ] (supervised by Zdeněk Hurák)

- Jakub Kašpar: Algorithms for onboard estimation of vehicle motion states by multisensor fusion [CZ] (supervised by Zdeněk Hurák)

Marek Bečka defended his master thesis

The defense was on January 27, 2022, at the Department of measurement. The thesis was on Design and implementation of an iterative learning control system for a dynamic plotter. The commitee graded Marek's thesis (and its presentation) using the A grade. Congratulations, Marek!

A paper on flipped learning by Zdeněk Hurák published in Vesmír journal [in Czech]

Zdeněk Hurák gives a detailed description of his experience with flipped learning gained over several years of practising this approach to teaching (and learning) in his course): In Czech only.

Daniel Wagner defended his doctoral thesis on "Measures and LMIs for V&V [validation and verification] of Adaptive Control" on March 25, 2021

Congratulations to our member Daniel Wagner for successfully defending his doctoral thesis on "Measures and LMIs for V&V [validation and verification] of Adaptive Control" on March 25, 2021.

Štefan Knotek defended his doctoral thesis on "Consensus and Synchronization in Distributed Estimation and Adaptive Control"

Congratulations to our (now former) team member Štefan Knotek for successfully defending his doctoral thesis on February 9, 2021. The topic (and title) of the thesis was "Consensus and Synchronization in Distributed Estimation and Adaptive Control". Štefan was (co-)advised by Kristian Hengster-Movric and Michael Sebek. The thesis can be downloaded here.

We are particularly proud that we had three distringuished international reviewers:

Tomáš Michálek defended his Ph.D. thesis

The time was ripe on December 17, 2020, for one of our doctoral students Tomáš Michálek to defend his doctoral thesis entitled "Micromanipulation Using Dielectrophoresis: Modeling and Real-Time Optimization-Based Control".

The dissertation can be dowloaded at

Five students members of AA4CC team graduated, two awarded Dean's Award

However difficult the spring/summer semester 2020 was, all the final-year student members of AA4CC team have successfuly graduated. Congratulations to

Bc. Dominik Hodan, who worked on Reinforcement learning for manipulation of collections of objects using physical force fields,

AA4CC team experimented with several commercial cars with adaptive cruise control systems and demonstrated string instability

Friday, December 6, 2019, International Public Airport Mnichovo Hradiště: the team from Faculty of Electrical Engineering Czech Technical University lead by professor Zdeněk Hurák conducted a unique experiment with commercial cars equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC). Owners of such cars have been found through a public call and they participated in the experiment at their own expenses and risks, hence an excellent instance of citizen science.

Jiří Zemánek has just started his postdoc at MIT

On the first days of September, Jiří Zemánek started his postdoc at MIT. Sponsored by the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship, Jiří joined Prof. Neil Gershenfeld in his Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. Among other activities, Jiří is learning how to help other people learn... how to make (almost) anything...

Our master and bachelor students defended their theses

Several student members of our group successfully defended their final theses and earned their Ing. and Bc. degrees in June 2019. In particular:

Master students

Krištof Pučejdl (supervised by Jiří Zemánek), and Loi Do, Vít Obrusník, Adam Polák, and Šimon Wernisch (supervised by Zdeněk Hurák).

Tomáš Michálek presented at MARSS 2019 conference

Tomáš Michálek and Zdeněk Hurák participated at the 4th International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS) that was held July 1-5, 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. Tomáš gave a talk entitled "Feedback controlled dielectrophoresis - high-accuracy translation and rotation at micro and meso scales".

Our article on dielectrophoresis and electrororation published in Physical Reviews E and selected for the "Editors' Suggestion"

Our paper T. Michálek, A. Bolopion, Z. Hurák, and M. Gauthier, “Control-oriented model of dielectrophoresis and electrorotation for arbitrarily shaped objects,” Phys. Rev. E, vol. 99, no. 5, p. 053307, May 2019, on modeling dielectrophoresis and electrorotation of nonsymmetric objects published in Physical Review E journal

Jiří Zemánek is heading for MIT in September 2019 to start his postdoc

We have just learnt that Jiří was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship for the academic year 2019/2020, within which he is going to join Prof. Neil Gershenfeld in his Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. A well-deserved dream come true for Jiří. Congratulations!

Christmas Ballance – stroboscopically animated Christmas ornaments

Jiří, who likes to decorate Easter Eggs in an engineering way including EggBot drawn stroboscopic patterns (Eggstatic) or a laser created temporal patterns in photochromic paint (Eggstatic 2), decided to move from eggs to balls this year. With great help from his colleagues Martin, Krištof, and Filip they took Christmas ornaments to the next level and taught them to dance!

Zdeněk Hurák interviewed on flipped learning

The fact that some of our courses within Cybernetics and robotics program, namely Modeling and simulation of dynamical systems (MSD, taught in Czech) and Optimal and robust control (ORR, taught in English), are being transformed into a flipped learning format has recently attracted some attention of journalists.

Loi Do and Vít Obrusník participated at OMNeT++ Community Summit and Hackaton 2018

Two members of the group - grad students Loi Do and Vít Obrusník - participated at OMNeT++ Community Summit 2018 at University of Pisa, Italy, in Septemer 5-7. In particular, they participated at OMNeT++ Hackaton.  The goal for this participation was to accelerate learning of the modeling of communication protocols used in vehicular networking, namely IEEE 802.11p protocol. The hackaton offered an opportunity to discuss the ideas directly with OMNeT++.

Jiří Zemánek defended his thesis and earned his Ph.D. degree!

The day has come at last when Jiří Zemánek defended his doctoral thesis on distributed manipulation in front of international reviewers, local committe and a wide audience and earned his Ph.D. degree. Congratulations!

Zdeněk Hurák awarded the "Teacher of the semester" award by the Dean of Faculty of Electrical Engineering

for the fall semester in the academic year 2017/2018 by the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU in Prague. The award was given during the graduation ceremony in Betlémská kaple in August 30, 2018.

Successful undegraduate and graduate students from our team

In June, several undegraduate and graduate (master) students collaborating with our group have successfuly finished their studies. Namely, the successful undegraduate students supervised either by Zdeněk Hurák or Jiří Zemánek were

  • David Kopecký
  • Jaroslav Klapálek
  • Adam Polák
  • Lukáš Černý
  • Michal Staněk
  • Šimon Wernisch

and the successful graduate (master) students were

  • Filip Richter
  • Štěpán Riss
  • Martin Lád

Congratulations to all of them!

Our paper awarded "EEA Demonstrator Paper Prize" at IFAC 2017 World Congress in Toulouse, France

A great success of our group at IFAC 2017 World Congress in Toulouse, France! The paper entitled "Time-Optimal Control for Bilinear Nonnegative-In-Control Systems: Application to Magnetic Manipulation" by Jiří Zemánek, Sergej Čelikovský a Zdeněk Hurák was awarded the EEA Demonstrator Paper Prize. This special demonstrator prize is funded by Club EEA (French association of professors and researchers in electrical and information sciences).

Eggstatic 2 – How to decorate Easter eggs with a laser and photochromic paint
After one year we are back eggain to inspire you how to decorate Easter eggs in a true STEAM fashion. Last time we showed stroboscopic patterns that animate when eggs rotate (YouTube: Eggstatic – stroboscopic patterns for Easter eggs). This year we took it a bit far and built a device that can create and change the patterns on the egg dynamically. YouTube: Eggstatic 2 – laser drawing stroboscopic patterns on an egg covered in photochromic paint
Paper on modeling dielectrophoresis in Electrophoresis journal

A new paper by Tomáš Michálek and Jiří Zemánek on "Dipole and multipole models of dielectrophoresis for a non-negligible particle size—simulations and experiments" has been accepted for publishing in Electrophoresis journal. It is already available online at