ETH Zurich

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) is one of the world’s leading universities for technology and the natural sciences. It has nearly 18,000 students from over 110 different countries, of whom 3,900 are doctoral students. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich.

Research environment

The Airborne Wind Energy Group of ETH Zurich is part of the Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA) of the Electrical Engineering Department. Initiated in 2010 through the work of doctoral researcher Aldo Zgraggen Their theoretical work is focused on the modeling, simulation and analysis of deterministic and stochastic hybrid systems. Among the application areas are aircraft management, biological systems, power electronics, mechatronics and vehicle assistance systems.

A more detailed description of the research activities at ETH Zurich can be found in: L. Fagiano, A. U. Zgraggen, M. Morari "On Modeling, Filtering and Automatic Control of Flexible Tethered Wings for Airborne Wind Energy". In: U. Ahrens, M. Diehl, R. Schmehl (eds.) "Airborne Wind Energy". Springer, Heidelberg, 2013.

Key persons

Roy Smith Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA) of ETHZ, from 1990-2010 Professor at UCSB, Fellow of IEEE, Associate Fellow of AIAA. His research interests are in modelling identification and control of uncertain systems, applied to automotive systems, levitated bearings, process control, aerodynamic control of atmospheric manoeuvring spacecraft, distributed control of vehicle formations, and flexible structure control.

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