"You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers."
John J. Plomp
I believe that we can make the world a better place. A place which is sustainable, green and safe. As a researcher with my colleagues at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology we are working hard to make this dream come true. How? By developing clean, green, safe and sustainable transport systems.
As a cybernetic, I am working on optimal energy and emission management system for hybrid electric vehicles. Stability, optimality and robustness of a dynamic closed-loop system. These are the main keywords which represents my research focus.
I graduated at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. I chose Bachelor degree program Industrial Informatics. Despite the fact that I was studying in a foreign language (Slovak), I got soon among the best. I am also proud of the fact that in Master degree program Cybernetics I graduated with honors and that I received an award of the dean of the faculty. My both theses bachelor and master ones were related to power systems but the main focus was put on the theory of control. In my master thesis (Modeling and Control System of Wind Power Plants with Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant), I started dealing with non-linear systems, optimal control and with model predictive control. For this thesis I was given an award with a laudatory letter from the dean.
A gate to the world of science was my PhD study. I have been specializing in non-linear control theory, particularly in gain-scheduled controller design and its application in switched and in model predictive control. My research focused on finding a controller design approach for uncertain non-linear systems, which guarantees the closed-loop stability and the optimal controller output with considering input/output constraints, all this without online optimization and need of high-performance industrial computers. My research results were published in high imapct journas as well as presented at several conferences and symposiums all around the wolrd. A brief summary of my research results can be found also in my doctoral thesis Gain-Scheduled Controller Design. After that I defended my thesis I received an award of the rector for excellence in postgraduate study at the university.
Doctoral thesis: Gain-Scheduled Controller Design
Courses: 4 main courses
Additional achievements: 4 honors/awards
I have had the honor of becoming a post-doctoral researcher at the Signal processing research group at Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology in 2015 and continued my research as a researcher at the Mechatronics research group in 2017, and thus I got in contact with the Chalmers Area of Advance Transportation by Vinnova under FFI projects MultiMEC and VCloud II, with the Swedish Electromobility Center under project "Interdisciplinary post-doc Cluster for Future Hybrid Vehicle", which is a collaboration within three competence centers CERC, SEC and KCK. Furthermore, I also had an opportunity to cooperate with the Swedish "Energimyndigheten" under project Multi-CORE, and with VOLVO Trucks under project IMPERIUM.
I have attended also a six week full-time traineeship at Vodohospodárska Výstavba š.p. (Water Economy Building Company – Government-Owned Corporation) in 2011. Furthermore, I worked in part-time during my studies as a technician at companies ALGA and Slovenské Elektrárne a.s. (Slovenské elektrárne an Enel Group Company).
I have several laboratory course teaching, instructing, examining and supervision experiences. I have always put a great emphasis on transparency, high knowledge level and satisfaction of the students. I tried to increase the courses’ transparency by creation of an interactive instructional web page for laboratory courses, which greatly facilitated the students’ work. I introduced several open-source program tools and solvers to students in order to allow them working after the lesson at home as well. Furthermore, since 2013 I have attended all the IFAC Symphosia on Advances in Control Education in order to present my educational research results and gain new experiences in this area, too. Currently, I am working on a new robust output-feedback LQR toolbox for MatLab and Octave and my plan is to implement it in the teaching process as well.
In this time of thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for my wife, family, friends and colleagues for being so understanding and inspiring. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.
"Today, learning is not the accumulation of information, but the subtle set of skills involved in knowing what to do with information. It is the ability to evaluate, synthesise and apply information. The purpose of learning is not just to inform but to transform. The goal is not just to cover material but uncover ideas and feelings."
J. R. Davis & A. B. Davis (2000), Managing Your Own Learning, San Francisco, BK Publishers Inc.
"The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts."
Roopleen, Words to inspire the winner in YOU
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Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. My office is located at the 5th floor in the EDIT building in Johanneberg campus, in Gothenburg. I am usually avaliable by phone from Mondays to Fridays between 8:00 and 18:00. Or just drop me a line below.