About Us

Systems theory and control engineering is one of the core disciplines in engineering. It addresses the mathematical description, analysis, and synthesis of dynamical systems.

These topics are covered by the Chair of Systems Theory and Control Engineering (LSR) for all engineering programs at Saarland University. Courses teach the principles of modeling for mechatronical systems as well as systems analysis and controller synthesis on a Bachelor level and impart advanced skills and expertise in research related topics of systems theory and control engineering on a Master level. This theoretical and methodological content of teaching in lectures and tutorials is complemented by applied lab projects and student theses.

Research efforts cover a broad spectrum of typical problems including

  • mathematical modeling,
  • structural analysis,
  • system and parameter identification,
  • simulation,
  • design of open-loop and closed loop controllers,
  • observer design and fault diagnosis,
  • as well as development of methods supporting their implementation and technological realization.


Classes of systems considered range from nonlinear (finite dimensional) systems to linear and nonlinear systems with distributed parameters, resp. with delays.

Apart from furthering theoretical results, the Chair also applies the developed methods in order to solve scientifically challenging problems, mainly from technological areas. Major areas of application-oriented research projects include

  • electrical machines and generators,
  • electro-magnetic bearings,
  • mobile robots,
  • fluid power,
  • and shape memory alloy actuators.


Being a core and base element in engineering, the field of systems theory and control engineering is not application-specific and collaborations with both academic institutions and industrial partners come naturally. Certain research and work emphases follow from LSR being part of the systems engineering department.