My current research is largely focused on microcontroller applications in the field of automatic control and mechatronics. Some of my recent work puts the results of modern optimal control and estimation methods into use on computational devices with limited hardware capabilities. The techniques I am actively pursuing in the context of microcontroller technology include computationally efficient model predictive control (MPC) and moving horizon estimation (MHE).
One of the particular application areas I am interested in is active vibration control (AVC) and the joint state and parameter estimation in vibration dynamics. Several of my research articles have investigated the relation of advanced control theory and structural vibration. Besides active vibration attenuation, I am also curious about the control and online parameter estimation of chaotic vibration phenomena, remote sensing and real-time vibration diagnostics and signal processing of vibration effects.
My formal education and current place of work are linked to the discipline of mechanical engineering, therefore my research remains close to its affiliated fields; in particular to mechatronics. I like combining the aspects of mechanical, computer, electrical and control engineering into my research activities. I am not just interested in the theoretical foundations of control algorithms or pure simulation studies but following-up the implementation process and its challenges is also essential to me.
I do not consider myself as a theoretical scientist since I have always been closer to the world of engineering. I love to get my hands dirty, and I am quite often buried in the laboratory under a big heap of wires and components. Thus, my research activity always involves a degree of laboratory work.
I have experience in designing, setting up and performing various experiments in the field of mechatronics, microcontroller technology and automatic control. I also have a background in the grounds-up construction of experimental devices, setting up measurement toolchains and instrumentation. I am comfortable with hand-soldering surface mount devices (SMD) and completing printed circuit boards. I do not limit my teaching to lectures, because I am also fond of providing a solid introduction to the world of hardware and laboratory work to my students.
I routinely work with laboratory systems and equipment such as: rapid control software prototyping platforms, microcontroller development systems, a wide range of industrial sensors and actuators, vibration exciters and shakers, laser triangulation systems, laser Doppler vibrometers, piezoceramic transducers, accelerometers, oscilloscopes, signal generators, logic analyzers, mixed signal analyzers, microcontroller programmers, PC-based measurement cards, operational amplifiers, soldering and desoldering stations, thermal cameras, etc.
Programming is an inherent part of mechatronics and automatic control. I am thus confident in the C/C++ language that allows me to get close to microcontroller hardware, yet still enables one to develop and test current concepts in control theory. In addition to that, I routinely employ the MATLAB interpreted scripting language for numerous high-level research tasks, alongside with various simulation and real-time hardware programming options provided by Simulink. My previous activities have also led me to learn APDL, the macro language of the ANSYS finite element modeling (FEM) software.
My research requires the application of several software products typical for control and mechatronics, such as compilers and debuggers (e.g IAR Workbench, Atmel Studio), hardware configurators (e.g. STM32 CubeMX) and measurement suites (e.g. Waveforms). I use the Git version control system for my open source projects, alongside with online continuous integration (CI) tools such as Travis CI and code checking suites like Codacy and Codefactor. I create my electronic schematics and printed circuit boards in Altium Designer and DIP Trace.
Every academic is nowadays partly a professional writer; thus, I have a strong background in graphics and DTP software including LaTeX, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom. I am an apt technical photographer and can find my ways around video editing and production (DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Audition).
I've created the AutomationShield project to invent novel hardware and software for classroom and laboratory experiments. This effort fuses my research and teaching efforts and is a result of close collaboration with my students.
AutomationShield is an open-source hardware and software project focused on designing original and innovative tools for control engineering and mechatronics education. The aim is to design feedback control experimental devices that can fit on an Arduino shield and provide an application programmer's interface (API) and examples for students, educators and researchers.
The core of the project are extension modules for the popular Arduino microcontroller prototyping boards, which are implementing feedback control experiments to teach control systems engineering and mechatronics. These hardware extensions—known in the Arduino world as shields—are then in essence experimental systems on a single printed circuit board (PCB).
You may learn more about this effort at www.automationshield.com, which includes the open-source repository of the accompanying software on GitHub. You may also check out my publications related to this project in Publications.
In case you are interested in my complete publication list, you may read it in the Publications section of this website. Some of my academic works include:
As every researcher in academia a part of my duty is to draw in outside funding for my activities. Thus, my job involves writing and submitting grant project proposals to various agencies. I have been fortunate to acquire outside funding from my research in the past and I am running grant projects at present time.
I have been a principal investigator of government grants, for example, those funded by the Scientific Grant Agency (VEGA) and the Cultural and Educational Grant Agency (KEGA) of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. My work has been supported by the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava within the framework of supplemental funding provided for Excellent Teams of Young Researchers.
I have been a co-investigator of dozens of minor and major research projects in the past and I am currently involved in numerous such efforts. In addition to projects funded by the aforementioned agencies, I am and have been a part of several major government grants funded by the Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVV), moreover projects by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) of the European Commission, European Social Fund (ESF) of the European Commission, European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway Grants and others. You may learn more about my grant activities by reading my formal CV.
I am a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—the world's largest professional organizaion for the advancment of technology. Moreover, I am an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA).
I am a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control Technical Committee on Mechatronics (TC4.2).
Peer review is a basis of high quality academic discourse, thus, I take my share in evaluating manuscripts submitted to scientific journals and conferences. The considerable investment of time and effort in refereeing has returns mainly in getting to know up-to-date works in my field and gaining insight into the publishing process.
I am a regular reviewer for several high profile academic journals in my field, such as Mechatronics, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (MSSP), Journal of Sound and Vibration, European Journal of Control and the Journal of Vibration and Control. I have been also evaluating manuscripts for the International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Archives of Acoustics and several others professional publications.
In addition to being an active participant, I am also a referee for several leading international conferences such as the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congresses, International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV) events organized by the International Insitute of Acoustics and Vibration (IAAV), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) EDUCON series and many more. In addition to these, I am regularly reviewing thesis works and grant applications as well.
No major organization can function without various committees providing oversight of its activities. I am a member of several such groups inside and outside of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
I am a member of the university-wide supervising committee for doctoral studies in the field of automatic control. I am a regular member of examination boards for doctoral thesis defenses within my university and in outside domestic and foreign establishments of higher education. The same is true for master's and bachelor's thesis defenses and state exams. Moreover, I've been acting on conference organization committees and hiring boards.
I have been acting as the head of the department of automation and mechatronics at the Institute of Automation, Measurement and Applied Informatics of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.