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It stands to reason that the power grid, with its complex multi-layer structure is the cyber-physical system whose reliable and safe operation is crucial for entire societies and economies. Beyond electrical energy distributed control systems and network dynamics are ubiquitous due to the increasing relevance of digitization.

In this context, we work on tools and methods for analysis of network systems and for design of distributed and decentralized numerical schemes.

We also offer a research-oriented course on Distributed and Networked Control to Master's students.

Selected publications:

  • Sharafutdinov, K., Rydin Gorjão, L., Matthiae, M., Faulwasser, T., and Witthaut, D. (2018). Rotor-angle versus voltage instability in the third-order model for synchronous generators. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science28(3), 033117.
  • Engelmann, A., Jiang, Y., Houska, B., and Faulwasser, T. "Decomposition of non-convex optimization via bi-level distributed ALADIN." IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2020).
  • Engelmann, A., Jiang, Y., Benner, H., Ou, R., Houska, B., and Faulwasser, T. "ALADIN-$\alpha $--An open-source MATLAB toolbox for distributed non-convex optimization." arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.01866 (2020).
  • Stomberg, G., Engelmann, A., and Faulwasser, T. (2021). "A distributed active set method for model predictive control." IFAC-PapersOnLine 54(3): 263-268.
  • Engelmann A., Stomberg, G., and Faulwasser, T. (2021). "Toward decentralized interior point methods for control." In: Proc. 60th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
  • Stomberg, G., Engelmann, A., and Faulwasser, T. (2022): "A compendium of optimization methods for distributed linear-quadratic MPC". at - Automatisierungstechnik, vol. 70, no. 4, 2022.

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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