Automatic Control

The Department of Automatic Control at Lund University was created in 1965 and has today grown to hosting about 60 people.

We give courses within the regular engineering program to students from different areas of engineering. We also have a PhD program where the students specialize in various theories and applications of automatic control.

Our research is concentrated to seven areas:
Modeling and Control of Complex Systems, Control and Real-Time Computing, Process Control, Robotics, Automotive Systems, Biomedical Projects and Tools.

The department is hosting several large research projects funded by the European Commission and Swedish funding agencies. There is also active collaboration with industry.

Positions for PhD students are announced here, usually around April 1 and October 1.


PhD student Jacob Bergstedt interviewed in Computer Sweden about his research on big data. Read about how sophisticated data analysis can improve healthcare.

Automatic Control is an exciting and broad subject, covering both deep mathematics and hands-on engineering. Historically it has been instrumental in many areas, from putting a man on the moon, to the development of the Internet. Today, driven by the need to engineer ever larger systems, Automatic Control has never been more relevant. It is crucial for secure operation of many cutting edge technologies, ranging from integration of renewable energy sources, cloud computing, robotics, Internet of Things and autonomous systems.

Does this sound interesting?

If so, you are welcome to apply for a position as PhD student at the Department of Automatic Control, a world class department with projects in all of the above areas. The department has a stimulating and international environment consisting of PhD students, postdocs and teachers coming from all corners of the world. Research and teaching are conducted in an open and progressive atmosphere with challenges and cooperation both within academia and with industry, with national and international networks. A PhD degree also gives you the perfect base for an exciting career, be it in academia or industry.

Lund University and the Department of Automatic Control welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Welcome with your application! Link to application.

Per Skarin from Automatic Control and William Tärneberg from EIT were interviewed on Swedish National Radio about their work on 5G. Listen or read!
Jacob Bergstedt was interviewed for Swedish National Radio about his research on a recent publication in Nature Immunology. An introduction in Swedish to the study can be found here. Another interview with Jacob about the work is here.

We congratulate Charlotta Johnsson on her appointment as Professor in Automatic Control! She is the first female professor in Automatic Control in Sweden and we are very proud to have her here in Lund.

Recent Publications

Journal Article:
Christian Grussler et al: Low-Rank Optimization with Convex Constraints. 2018.

Conference Contribution:
Sara Sigfridsson et al: Modeling of Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle in Modelica: Architecture and Drive Cycle Simulation. 2018.

Journal Article:
Reza Safari et al: Impedance Matching for VSC-HVDC Damping Controller Gain Selection. 2018.

Journal Article:
Kristian Soltesz, Anton Cervin: When is PID a good choice?. 2018.

Conference Contribution:
Martin Karlsson et al: Convergence of Dynamical Movement Primitives with Temporal Coupling. 2018.

Conference Contribution:
Martin Karlsson et al: Detection and Control of Contact Force Transients in Robotic Manipulation without a Force Sensor. 2018.

Conference Contribution:
Fredrik Bagge Carlson et al: Identification of LTV Dynamical Models with Smooth or Discontinuous Time Evolution by means of Convex Optimization. 2018.

Journal Article:
Etienne Patin et al: Natural variation in the parameters of innate immune cells is preferentially driven by genetic factors. 2018.

Journal Article:
Sei Zhen Khong et al: Robust stability conditions for feedback interconnections of distributed-parameter negative imaginary systems. 2018.

Journal Article:
Josefin Berner et al: An experimental comparison of PID autotuners. 2018.