Institute for Regulation and Control Systems (IRS)
The Institute for Control Systems (IRS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has stood for excellence in research and academic teaching since its foundation in 1965. It is one of 16 institutes in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Divided into three research groups, the IRS deals with the modelling, identification and control of complex dynamic systems. The Cooperative Systems group aims to create optimal cooperation between humans and machines by developing intelligent automation algorithms that combine the strengths of both partners. The main applications are in the field of advanced driver assistance systems, care robotics and extraterrestrial exploration. With innovative methods for controlling energy grids
and estimating the state of battery systems, the Alternative Energy Systems Group is making a contribution to the energy transition. The methods developed in the group of systems with guarantees systematically take into account uncertainties occurring in technical systems and thus form the basis for safe highly automated systems. The focus here is on trajectory planning and trajectory control of mobile robot platforms and all-wheel steered vehicles as an application context.
The teaching portfolio of the IRS is characterised by a mixture of theoretical basic courses and innovative laboratory practicals in order to enable direct application and reflection of theoretical methods in practice. Lectures on the optimisation of dynamic systems or on basic control methods of the frequency and time domain can be mentioned as examples of the first category. On the other hand, teams of students independently solve a challenging control engineering development task in the internships offered or build their own start-up based on novel product ideas with cooperating drones.