Welcome to Robotics and Nonlinear Control

  • AR.Drone 2.0
  • Mobile manipulator (Cyton Gamma 1500 on a Pioneer base)
  • Cyton Gamma 1500
  • OptiTrack Flex13 tracking camera system
  • Pioneer
  • Quanser equipment
  • Diamond 2500

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 having an excellent grant season this year. We started two Young Team grants: ECOPACE and AIRGUIDE (on engine control and assistive UAVs, respectively), a Postdoc grant called BETERREHAB (on robotic rehabilitation), and an ESA grant called REDOUBT (on reliable FPGA implementations of nonlinear controllers). The Young Teams and Postdoc grants are funded by the Romanian grant agency UEFISCDI and coordinated by us, while the latter is funded by the European Space Agency and led by the Politechnica University of Timisoara.

In July 2018, Lucian Busoniu is giving a lecture at the Transylvanian Summer School on Machine Learning.