Welcome to Robotics and Nonlinear Control

  • DJI Matrice 210 RTK
  • Mobile manipulator (Cyton Gamma 1500 on a Pioneer base)
  • Cyton Gamma 1500
  • OptiTrack Flex13 tracking camera system
  • Pioneer
  • Quanser equipment
  • Diamond 2500
  • Orbbec Astra Pro depth camera

About us

Our group works on Robotics and Nonlinear Control (ROCON) at the Department of Automation of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Our research interests range from mobile robotics and robot modeling, to fundamental nonlinear control and estimation using methods from computational and artificial intelligence. These two major directions are connected via applications of nonlinear control to robotics. We currently number six permanent staff working with several long-term researchers such as PhD students, and we have a wide range of student projects available. Check our recent publications for a deeper technical outline of our work, or have a look at the videos for a high-level overview of our applications.


We are organizing this year the first edition of the Cluj UAV contest! We are welcoming mixed student teams from academia and industry, as well as sponsors, please see the webpage of the contest for details.

We are starting a new project called ROS2AR, under the umbrella of the ROSIN H2020 open call. ROS2AR will integrate AR facilities ROS-Industrial by means of object recognition techniques, in a production specific environment using smart glasses.

In March 2019, Lucian Busoniu is giving an invited talk at the Dutch Winter School on Systems and Control. Previous invited talks were given at the Timisoara Workshop on Machine Learning, and the Asian Workshop on Reinforcement Learning.