Environmental, Water and Agricultural Engineering Transportation and Geo-Information Engineering Structural Engineering and Construction Management

Per-Olof Gutman, Professor Emeritus

Environmental, Water and Agricultural Engineering
Phone: +972-4-8292811 +972-54-4497210 +972-4-8342660
Fax: +972-4-8295696 (attn. POGutman)
Email: peo@technion.ac.il
Address: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, Israel
Home Page: http://cee.technion.ac.il/peo
Research Interests  
• Control of uncertain systems with non-differentiable non-linearities, including control of electro-mechanical systems, such as stabilized platforms, etc.
• Robust and Adaptive control, including identification and computer aided control systems design
• Optimal control
• Control Applications in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, including greenhouse control and control of water and waste water systems
• Process control (paper machines, aero-electric power station)
• Control of off-road vehicles, including autonomous vehicles and mobile robots.
• Traffic control

 Invitation to Graduate Students:  Some Topics for Thesis Research

  • Control of an autonomous motorcycle
  • Handling and riding control for off-road vehicles
  • Integration of Feedback Control and Statistical Process Control (SPC).
  • Greenhouse control and failure detection in greenhouses
  • Control of quality variables in wine manufacturing
  • Control of an aero-electric power station
  • Control of mechanical systems with non-differentiable non-linearities, e.g.  back-lash compensation for motion control
  • Algorithms for Adaptive Robust Control
  • Computer aided robust control systems design
  • Optimal water allocation
  • Model Predictive Control  for Uncertain Systems with Constraints with Output Feedback
  • Model Predictive Control for piecewise linear systems.
  • Model Reference Adaptive Control of Distributed Systems
  • Control of a stair walking assist robot
  • Traffic flow control, e.g.  control of signalized intersections, or dynamic toll determination.
  • Active earth-quake mitigation control for buildings.


A list or current and former graduate students, their thesis topics and present occupation can be found in my downloadable CV, see below!




Current courses

  • 014004  Systems Analysis.
  • 014928  Automatic Control Laboratory
  • 015019  Introduction to Control
  • 017003  Systems and Control
  • 017004  Control Systems Design. Course description, handouts, and the User Manual for Qsyn - the  Toolbox for Robust Control Systems Design for use with Matlab can be inspected and downloaded here  


My full teaching experience can be found in the downloadable CV, see below!




Academic Degrees

  • B.Sc. (1973),  Lund University, Sweden.
  • M.Sc (1977),  University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. (1982), Department of Automatic Control, Lund University, Sweden




Recent Appointments

  • 2009-2010 Ingénieur/Chercheur. Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, CEA-LIST DIASI/Interactive Robotics Laboratory, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France (sabbatical year).
  • 2008 Guest professor Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. (summer)
  • 1988-2008 Guest professor, Division of Optimization & Systems Theory, Department of Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. (1-2 months/year)
  • 2007 - Professor Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • 2005-2006 Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università del Sannio, Benevento, Italy (sabbatical year).
  • 1995-1996 Directeur de recherche CNRS associé/ Professeur associé, Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble, ENSIEG/INPG, Grenoble, France (sabbatical year).

A complete history of my professional positions and activities can be found in the downloadable CV, see below!




Selected Recent Publications


Note: the downloadable files are preprints, not identical to the journal versions.

A complete List of Publications can be found in the downloadable CV, just below!

Mirkin BM , Gutman P-O, Shtessel Y, "Tracking for nonlinear plants with multiple unknown time-varying state delays using sliding mode with adaptation," Int. J. Robust & Nonlinear Control, vol. 20, no. 13, 1455-1464, 2010. Download
Haddad J, De Schutter B, David Mahalel D, Ilya Ioslovich I, Gutman P-O: "Optimal Steady-State Traffic Control for Isolated Intersections". IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control, 2010. DIO: 10.1109/TAC.2010.2060245 Download
Mirkin BM, Gutman P-O, "Robust Adaptive Output-feedback Tracking for a Class of Nonlinear Time-delayed Plants,'' IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control, vol. 55, no.10, 2418-2424, 2010. Download
Nenner U, Linker R, Gutman P-O: "Robust feedback stabilization of an unmanned motorcycle". Control Engineering Practice, 18:8, 970-978, August 2010. Download
Ioslovich I, Gutman P-O, Linker R, "Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Formalism for Optimal Climate Control of Greenhouse Crop". Automatica, vol. 45, no. 5, 1227-1231, May 2009 Download
Fransson C-F, Wik T, Lennartson B, Saunders M, Gutman P-O, "Nonconservative Robust Control: Optimized and Constrained Sensitivity Functions". IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 17:2, 298 - 308, March 2009 Download
Sjoberg J, Gutman P-O, Agarwal M, Bax M, "Nonlinear Controller Tuning Based on a Sequence of Identifications of Linearized Time- Varying Models". Control Engineering Practice, vol. 17, no. 2, 311-321, February 2009. Download
Gutman P-O, Nordin M, Cohen B, "Recursive Grid Methods to Compute Value Sets and Horowitz-Sidi Bounds". International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, vol. 17, issue 2-3, pp. 155-171, January 2007. Download
Ioslovich, I, Gutman P-O, "On the botanic model of plant growth with intermediate vegetative-reproductive stage". Theoretical Population Biology, vol. 68, issue 3, pp. 147-156, 2005. Download
Ioslovich I, Gutman P-O: "On smooth optimal control determination", Automatica, v. 40, No 12, pp. 2177-2182, Dec. 2004. Download
Gutman P-O: "Robust and Adaptive Control - Fidelity or a Free Relationship?" Systems and Control Letters, vol. 49, no. 1, 9-19, May 2003. Download
Nordin M., Gutman P.-O. "Controlling mechanical systems with backlash - a survey". Automatica, vol. 38, no. 10, 1633-1649, October 2002. Download
Yaniv O., Gutman P-O.: "Cross-over Frequency Limitations in MIMO Non-Minimum Phase Feedback Systems". IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 47, no. 9, 1560-1564, 2002. Download

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum including List of Publications Download