Phone: +41 44 632 63 65
Sebastian Trimpe is postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at ETH Zurich. Sebastian completed his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea at IDSC in February 2013. Before, he received the B.Sc. degree in General Engineering Science in 2005 and the M.Sc. degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering two years later, both from Hamburg University of Technology. In 2007, he spent eight months as a research scholar at University of California at Berkeley. Sebastian is recipient of the General Engineering Award for the best undergraduate degree (2005), a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (2002 to 2007), and the triennial IFAC World Congress Interactive Paper Prize (2011).
Sebastian's full CV
State Estimation for Networked Control Systems
I work on distributed and event-based state estimation algorithms for networks of multiple sensor/actuator agents. The algorithms adaptively manage the use of the shared communication network so that data is only exchanged between the agents when required in order to meet a certain estimation performance. I implement and test the state estimation methods on the Balancing Cube, where I combine them with a state-feedback controller to stabilize the cube.
The Balancing Cube is a two-meter-tall dynamic sculpture that can balance autonomously on any one of its corners or edges through the action of six rotating arms. Each arm is equipped with embedded sensing, actuation, computation, communication, and power. The arms coordinate their action by exchanging data over a network, and they constitute the agents in the control system that stabilizes the cube.
The cube combines the challenges of a networked real-time system with unstable nonlinear dynamics and distributed sensing and actuation. We use the cube as a testbed for distributed and networked estimation and control.
See www.cube.ethz.ch for more information.
Conference Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
I teach Recursive Estimation in Spring 2013.
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