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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timm Faulwasser

Bio Sketch

Timm Faulwasser has studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart, with majors in systems and control, and philosophy. From 2008 until 2012 he was a member of the International Max Planck Research School for Analysis, Design and Optimization in Chemical and Biochemical Process Engineering Magdeburg. In 2012 he obtained his PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany. From 2013 to 2016 he was with the Laboratoire d’Automatique, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, while 2015-2019 he was leading the Optimization and Control Group at the Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), where he successfully completed his habilitation in the Department of Informatics in 2020. Since November 2019 he holds the professorship for Energy Efficiency at TU Dortmund University, Germany.

His main research interests are optimization-based and predictive control of nonlinear and network systems with applications in energy, process systems engineering, climate economics and beyond.

Selected Publications

S. Sass, T. Faulwasser, D. Hollermann, C. Kappatou, D. Sauer, T. Schütz, D. Shu, A. Bardow, L. Gröll, V. Hagenmeyer, D. Müller, A. Mitsos. “Model compendium, data, and optimization benchmarks for sector-coupled energy systems”. In: Computers and Chemical Engineering 135 (2020), 106760.

A. Engelmann, Y. Jiang, B. Houska, T. Faulwasser. "Decomposition of non-convex optimization via bi-level distributed ALADIN." IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2020). DOI: 10.1109/TCNS.2020.3005079

C. Kellett, S. Weller, T. Faulwasser, L. Grüne, W. Semmler. “Feedback, dynamics, and optimal control in climate economics”. In: Annual Reviews in Control 47 (2019). pp. 7–20.

T. Faulwasser, L. Grüne, M. Müller. “Economic nonlinear model predictive control: stability, optimality and performance”. In: Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control 5:1 (2018), pp. 1–98.

T. Faulwasser, M. Korda, C.N. Jones, D. Bonvin. “On turnpike and dissipativity properties of continuous-time optimal control problems”. In: Automatica 81 (2017), pp. 297–304.

Online Profiles

  • IEEE (Control Systems Society and Power Systems Society)
  • Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik e.V. (GAMM)
  • SIAM

Technical Committees

  • GAMM Activity Group Control, Systems Theory and Dynamics (FA Regelung, Systemtheorie und Dynamik): Chair for Control of the activity group
  • IFAC TC 2.3 Non-Linear Control Systems
  • IFAC TC 2.4 Optimal Control
  • IFAC TC 6.1 Chemical Process Control
  • GMA FA 1.40 Systemtheorie und Regelungstechnik
  • GMA FA 1.50 Grundlagen vernetzter Systeme
  • Associate Editor Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control System Society (IEEE CSS)
  • Associate Editor IEEE Control Systems Letters
  • Associate Editor Mathematics of Control Signals and Systems
  • Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • Associate Editor European Journal of Control (2018 - 2022)
  • Guest editor, jointly with Antonio Ferramosca of a special issue on MPC for Energy Systems: Economic and Distributed Approaches in Optimal Control – Applications and Methods (OCAM), Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/oca.2573, 2020.
  • Guest editor, jointly with Simone Göttlich and Karl Worthmann of a special issue on on Mathematical Innovations for the Energy Transition – Control and Optimization in at – Automatisierungstechnik, 2020.
  • Joint editorship with Matthias Müller and Karl Worthmann of  Recent Advances in Model Predictive Control: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications,  Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Springer, to appear 2021.

Conference Editorial Activities

  • 23rd International Conference on Process Control, 2020
  • 25th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2022)
  • American Control Conference: 2016, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
  • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control: 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
  • 21st IFAC World Congress
  • 7th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control 2021 (LHMNC 2021)
  • Area Chair "Economic MPC" for 7th IFAC Conference for Nonlinear Model Predictive Control 2021

01/2020 Outstanding Service as Reviewer for IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS) in 2019.

01/2019 Outstanding Service as Reviewer for IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS) in 2018.

08/2018 Keynote Talk 6th IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control,   August 2018 Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

06/2018 Audience choice award (poster) A. Murray, T. Faulwasser and V. Hagenmeyer: Assessment of a multi-agent mixed-integer optimization algorithm for battery scheduling, ACM e-Energy 2018, 9th ACM Int. Conference on Future Energy Systems, Karlsruhe.

01/2018 Outstanding Service as Reviewer for IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS) in 2017.

11/2017 International Discovery Award, Australian Research Council.

02/2017 – 11/2020 Postdoctoral fellow of the Daimler und Benz Stiftung, Ladenburg.

10/2016 – 10/2019 KIT Associate Fellow at Department for Computer Science, Karlruhe Institute of Technology

11/2015 – 10/2019 Fellow of the Elite Programme for Postdocs of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

06/2015 Keynote Talk 9th International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (ADCHEM), June, 2015, Whistler, Kanada.

03/2010 Best PhD Student Presentation, 6. Elgersburg Workshop on Mathematical Systems Theory, 2010.

02/2010 Best Paper Award: T. Faulwasser, B. Kern, P. Varutti & R. Findeisen. Prädiktive Regelung nichtlinearer Systeme unter asynchronen Mess- und Stellsignalen, at – Automatisierungstechnik, p. 279-286, 2009.

02/2010 Best Presentation Award dat 44. Regelungstechnischen Kolloquiums Boppard.

10/2021 Indo-German Symposium on Machine Learning and Control for Energy Systems. Joint effort with Ashish Hota (IIT Kharagpour).

10/2021 Invited session at 7th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control, Berlin. Topic: Trends in Dissipativity-based Control. Joint effort with K. Worthmann and J. Reger (both TU Ilmenau).

07/2021 Panel discussion at 7th IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (IFAC NMPC) 2021. Topic: Teaching MPC – Which way to the promised land? Joint effort with M. Mönnigmann (RU Bochum), M. Schulze Darup and S. Lucia (both TU Dortmund).

07/2021 Virtual seminar by the IFAC Technical Committee on Optimal Control. Topic: Data-driven Methods in Control. Joint effort with K. Worthmann (TU Ilmenau) and Thulasi Mylvaganam (Imperial College London, UK).

03/2021 Minisymposium on Dissipativity, Turnpikes and Optimal Control at the 91th Annual meeting of Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM), Kassel. Joint effort with L. Grüne (Universität Bayreuth).

07/2020 Open invited track at 2020 IFAC World Congress Berlin. Topic: Uncertainty Quantification in Control and Optimization – Tools, Methods and Applications.  Joint effort with S.Streif (TU Chemnitz), S. Gerster (RWTH Aachen) and R. Schenkendorf (TU Braunschweig).

03/2018 Workshop Prädiktive Regelung im Zeichen industrieller Anwendungen, Berlin; .; Joint effort with J. Pannek (Universität Bremen), S. Lucia (TU Berlin) and M. Stieler (Universität Bayreuth).

01/2018 661. Wilhelm-und-Else Heraeus Seminar on Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimization and Control of Distributed Energy Systems, joint effort with J. Knebel (KIT), D. Witthaut and M. Robinius (both Forschungszentrum Jülich).

12/2017 Invited session auf der 2017 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control: Advances on Optimal Power Flow – Stochastic and Robust Approaches. Joint effort with F. Dörfler (ETH Zürich).

12/2017 Pre-conference workshop at 2017 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control: Economic Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. Joint effort with M. Müller (Universität Stuttgart) and L. Grüne (Universität Bayreuth).

07/2017 Open invited track at 2017 IFAC World Congress Toulouse, France. Topic: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Mechatronic Systems and Motion Control. Joint effort with J. Pannek (Universität Bremen) and A. Alessandretti (University of Porto). 

07/2017 Open invited track at 2017 IFAC World Congress Toulouse, France. Topic: Real-Time Optimization of Uncertain Process Systems. Joint effort with A. Marchetti (EPFL), G. Francois (University of Edinburgh), and D. Bonvin (EPFL). 

03/2016 Workshop on Economic and Distributed Model Predictive Control an der École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 21.-23. März, 2016; joint effort with C. Jones (EPFL) and K. Worthmann (TU Ilmenau).

06/2014 Minisymposium on Optimization and Optimization-based Control Methods for Industrial Applications at European Conference of Mathematics in Industry 2014 (ECMI 2014), Taormina, Italy; joint effort with K. Flaßkamp, Universität Paderborn.

03/2012 Young Researchers' Minisymposium on Trends in Model Predictive Control at 83. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM), Darmstadt; joint effort with K. Worthmann, TU Ilmenau.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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