Control Engineering & Advanced Control

The research area

Autopilots in planes, motor management in cars, cooling or heating systems... controlled systems are omnipresent in both everyday life and industrial environments. Wherever something needs to automatically react to certain measurements, the solution involves a controlled system of some kind.

The quality of a mechatronic system typically depends on an optimal interaction between its components (mechanics, actors, sensors and control units). The focus of the IMS' control engineering research area therefore is on the detailed mathematical mapping of systems, as well as on the elaboration of adequate algorithms for industrial applications. The staff's wealth of experience as well as a wide range of highly developed tools provide the necessary basis for both continuous optimization of existing systems and the early mapping and improvement of new solutions.

Focus of the research area

  • Control engineering
  • Simulation of mechatronic systems
  • Experimental analysis of mechatronic systems
  • Mechanical / electrical and coupled FE modelling
  • Modelling and simulation

Projects in Control Engineering & Advanced Control

XoSoft: Soft-Exoskeleton for Human Beings with Movement Impairments

In cooperation with European partners the IMS is developing a soft-exoskeleton for people with movement impairments. The material used should be adaptive and stiffening depending on the type of movement. Read more

AKTIVAL: Electro-Mechanical Valve for Piston Compressors

The IMS and Burckhardt Compression AG cooperated to develop the first actively controlled valve for piston compressors. Read more

New Drive: Test rig for pitman arm shafts and steering columns

In close cooperation with the companies Oehri Electronic AG and ThyssenKrupp Presta, the IMS is developing a modular, highly integrated test rig for pitman arm shafts and steering columns. More information