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IRT - Institute of Automatic Control

Automatic control as one of the basic disciplines in mechatronics has become indispensable in a large variety of technical systems. The Institute of Automatic Control (IRT) focuses on research and application in this interdisciplinary subject. Besides theoretically-oriented research topics, applications in practice as well as the realisation of new methods in real-time mode play here an outstanding role. The IRT’s core competences concentrate on research work on bipedal walking machines (example video).

The IRT is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The IRT’s main research fields comprise

  • control engineering solutions in the field of bipedal walking,
  • real-time data processing,
  • modelling and control of mechatronic systems,
  • control theory, especially nonlinear systems as well as observer and filter design.

The IRT offers education in the field of automatic control for students coming from diverse study courses. Besides basic lectures, the curriculum includes special lectures in control theory and process control.

IRT Core Competences

Construction, Design, Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems

  • Bipedal walking machines:

    • Construction and design
    • Controls for robust stabilisation
    • Path planning for dynamically stable walking
    • Classification of operating states, fall detection

  • Sensors, data fusion
  • Simulation tools

Control Theory

  • Control of nonlinear systems
  • Observers for linear and nonlinear systems
  • Linear and nonlinear time-discrete systems
  • Special applications in observer and filter theory:

    • Observers and filters for data fusion
    • Observers for systems with unknown input variables
    • Disturbance observers

Real-time Data Processing

  • Real-time operating systems and embedded systems
  • Real-time programming
  • Evaluation of real-time systems concerning reactivity and accuracy of cyclic plannings
  • Online resource management

Technical Equipment (Extract)

  • Experimental platform for bipedal walking
  • Simulation tools for bipedal walking machines
  • Camera tracking system
  • Diverse test rigs for testing novel control methods

Institute of Automatic Control – Contact Information

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Gerth

IRT - Institute of Automatic Control
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Appelstraße 11
30167 Hannover

Phone: +49 511 762 4513
Fax: +49 511 762 4536
E-mail: gerthirt.uni-hannover.de

Dr.-Ing. Torsten Lilge

IRT - Institute of Automatic Control
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Appelstraße 11
30167 Hannover

Phone: +49 511 762 4515
Fax: +49 511 762 4536
E-mail: lilgeirt.uni-hannover.de