The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university, receiving students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. For 2014 – 2015 the three most influential international university rankings list EPFL as number 1 or 2 for Engineering and Technology in continental Europe.



The Automatic Control Laboratory (LA) at EPFL is operated by three professors with broad theoretical and industrial backgrounds in control and optimization techniques. The research on kite power was initiated in 2011 by doctoral researcher Sean Costello who has lead a team of students to build a small-scale platform for modeling and control experiments. The main objective has been the development of dynamic kite models and optimisation of the flight trajectories. In early 2012, Dr. Colin Jones transfered from ETH Zurich to EPFL to start as Assistant Professor and has since secured a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia to lead the three-year research project Autonomous Airborne Wind Energy (A2WE). The research group is one of the founding members of the multidisciplinary research and development project SwissKitePower.

Key persons

Colin Jones leads the research activities on airborne wind energy at the Automatic Control Laboratory since 2012. His current research interests are in the areas of predictive control, optimization and their application to green power technologies. Dr. Jones obtained a PhD in 2005 from the University of Cambridge in Control Engineering and optimization before joining ETH Zurich as a senior researcher within the Automatic Control Group.