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 excited to kick off a new EU Horizon 2020 project: Search, Identification and Collection of Marine Litter with Autonomous Robots! SeaClear is a Research and Innovation Action with a total budget of 5 million EUR, in a partnership with 8 European institutions led by TUDelft. The website of the project is at seaclear-project.eu; and see its page on the present website. Also: we are hiring!

We are organizing in October 2019 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.