"Plans are worthless, but planning is everything."
— Dwight Eisenhower
Uncertainty is the key reason for going from feedforward to feedback control. Yet, even very sophisticated modern control strategies such as MPC have to deal with uncertainty surrounding models, forecasts of exogenous signals (renewable generation, energy demand, and market prices). In principle one can distinguish two main approaches towards control and optimization under uncertainty:
- Worst-case considerations, which tend to be conservative
- Stochastic approaches, which require extra modelling efforts.
In this context, we work on stochastic optimization and control of nonlinear systems. Recent outcomes comprise toolboxes and new methods.
- Ou, Ruchuan, Michael Heinrich Baumann, Lars Grüne, and Timm Faulwasser. "A Simulation Study on Turnpikes in Stochastic LQ Optimal Control." arXiv preprint arXiv:2010.12201 (2020).
- Mühlpfordt, Tillmann, Frederik Zahn, Veit Hagenmeyer, and Timm Faulwasser. "PolyChaos. jl--A Julia Package for Polynomial Chaos in Systems and Control." arXiv preprint arXiv:2004.03970 (2020).
- Appino, Riccardo Remo, Jorge Ángel González Ordiano, Ralf Mikut, Timm Faulwasser, and Veit Hagenmeyer. "On the use of probabilistic forecasts in scheduling of renewable energy sources coupled to storages." Applied energy 210 (2018): 1207-1218.
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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.